Art and Design

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Type of study
Examination board


This course is designed to give you new insights into many different aspects of Art and Design. Through a series of workshops and projects you’ll learn and build upon new and existing skills in a variety of areas while building a creative portfolio.

As a student you’ll work in well-equipped studios and have access to a broad range of media and materials such as glass, clay, paint and photography. You’ll also acquire a greater insight into industry practices through visits to galleries and exhibitions.

Importantly, you’ll produce artwork based on specific briefs that will allow you to explore historical and contemporary art practices while analysing the work of others as well.

In addition, you’ll have opportunities to improve your day-to-day skills in areas such as IT, helping you prepare for work or higher education study.

Availability & Details

Art and Design, BTEC Level 2 Diploma HSDC-SD-CFDAR

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of four GCSEs in the C/D grade bands, including English Language or Mathematics and an art subject.

Applicants should also bring examples of their recent work, including drawings made from observation and some research and/or written notes about your work to discuss at the interview.

You will produce art work based on a given brief. Each brief will allow students to explore historical and contemporary art practices, while looking at others’ work. This theory will then be applied to practice, with the creation of your own 2D/3D outcomes.

During each assignment, there is a period of practical workshops that introduce you to a wide range of art techniques and processes, followed by one-to-one help while producing your own work.

On this course you will study:

  • Introduction to specialist pathways in art and design
  • Creative project in art and design
  • Developing an art and design portfolio
  • Investigating contextual references in art and design
  • Recording for creative intentions in art and design 
  • Textiles
  • Visual art
  • Photography
  • Applying contextual references in art and design
  • Practical research project in art and design
  • Surface design



This course provides an exciting introduction to many aspects of art and design, delivered through a series of workshops and projects.

Our Art and Design facilities have been designed to provide specialist creative areas of provision for both Vocational and A Level students.

Graphics suites have been designed each with individual screens and the latest Apple Mac Computers with Adobe Design suite and A3 laser printers allow for high definition printing.

The specialist printing studio has a range of printing presses including a 160 year old Albion flatbed press, silk screen developing unit and ample storage racks for student work. Students have secure portfolio storage within the building along with dedicated technician support.

Textile design students have two specialist studios fitted with sewing machines, dyeing facilities, knitting machines and a heat press. Individual work stations allow students to work on projects plus ample storage units give flexibility to teaching and learning activities. Three dimensional design studios give students the opportunity to work in plaster, clay, fused glass, wood, metal, light craftwork and jewellery.

Purpose built kiln firing facilities offer a wide range of pottery and glass firing techniques including earthenware and stoneware, glass fusing and an outdoor Raku and sawdust firing facility.

A dedicated team of technicians support the demands of this very popular area of specialist provision, storage of portfolios and 3D work is available to all students using the 3D studios.

All units are assessed individually, following set deadlines. On completion of the one-year course, you will be awarded an overall grade for the qualification.

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My experience at South Downs has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook


Students who achieve a Merit grade or above can progress to a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Fashion & Clothing or Photography & Graphic Communication, or any other relevant Level 3 qualification.


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Fashion Designer
Fine Artist
Graphic Designer
Product Designer
Set Designer

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