Course Overview

This course is especially useful to students who want to further their experience of art and design and  wish to develop their ability and confidence before progressing to the Level 3 qualification.

You will make work of your own exploring a range of new processes, such as working with surface pattern, wood, ceramics, metals, print, photography and digital media. There will be opportunities to throw yourself into drawing, mark making and finding ways to record, understand and communicate the world around you.

Key to the course is problem-solving through fun tasks, taking risks and new ideas. Stimulating and demanding projects will challenge you to think about how and why you make art work. Studio and library discussions with your tutors and peers will give you a chance to look at the work of other artists and designers which in turn will give you confidence to talk about your own work. You will get plenty of support in finding new ways to research and investigate; all of this will help you decide where you fit and what you can bring to the world as an artist, designer or maker.


English and maths are an integral part of the course. Students who do not yet have the necessary grades (grade C or above) will get additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Functional Skills depending on prior GCSE grades. Please click here for more information 


Term One

Term one includes an introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in 2D and 3D, together with an introduction into the inspiration of ideas by looking at the work of other artists. This work is closely referenced to your practical work. In the second half of the term there is an opportunity to explore Photography, Printing techniques and drawing techniques involved in solving 2D creative problems.

Term Two

In the first half of the spring term you will return to the workshops solving 3D problems, and in the second half you will solve time based creative problems  which will involve more independent study as you know have the knowledge and confidence to create creative solutions.

Term Three

In the summer term students conclude with the developing and producing a personal project where they write their own project proposal and produce work to exhibit in the End of Year Show, which brings together the expertise and skills learnt during the year.




The majority of our Level 2 students progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design at HCA and continue their journeys as artists and designers. Others who feel that a future within the creative industries may not be for them, feel confident to join employment or to take up an alternative study programme knowing that the transferable skills that they have gained on the course have given them tools to try a new pathway.


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 4 GCSEs Grade A*- F or 9 - 2 in the new GCSE grading structure (to ensure that you qualify it is also highly desirable that you achieve at least a grade C or above in English or maths),
  • Interview & Portfolio