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Creative Arts

Are you keen and have the interest in pursuing a career in art and design? This exciting and innovative course will help you to develop a range of creative art skills. The Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design is designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore, develop and test your creativity. This course will provide you with a sound base of skills and knowledge, enhance self-confidence and an understanding of the career demands and opportunities within art and design.

You will get the opportunity to explore the materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities. This course is designed to develop your knowledge, technical skills, and understanding for a rewarding career in a number of creative roles. The course helps you to develop more than just your creativity and expression, and artistic skills, you will also gain a deeper understanding of the theories and principles of art and design, including research methodology, expression of thought, justification of concept, and evaluation of product. So, whether you already know the specific creative career path you wish to follow, or want to progress on to further study and Higher Education, this course will help you to achieve this dream.

The course also aims to enable you to be more employable by helping you to develop skills in communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation and management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Learning will be through practical activities and project. You will be encouraged to explore, experiment and to experience a wide range of art and design methods to develop creativity and professional approach to learning. Activities may include painting, drawing, illustration, model making, sculpture and printmaking.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    • 4 GCSE qualifications at grades A*-D or 9-3, including English Language
    • Level 1 vocational qualification and a Level 1 English qualification
    • Relevant industry experience to level 1 or above

    Additional information: You will have a review of your portfolio and ideally show some moderate success in the subject area.

    If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade 4 (that's the former Grade C) or above in Maths and/or English, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in these subjects. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

    Assessment Method

    You will be assessed by a combination of assignments, course work, observation of practical workshops, and a final project.

    Aims of the course

    The Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design will provide you with an introduction to art and design, enabling you to both re-engage with education and acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to further education or employment in the creative industries.

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful students will be equipped to enter a number of art and design-based roles. These could include product designer, illustrator, sculptor, sketch artist, digital designer, architect, 3D model maker, animator, independent artist, painter, interior decorator, print designer, and fashion branding roles. After successfully passing the Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art), you may wish to consider one of the following Level 3 courses:

    • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (UAL)
    • Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art) (UAL)
    • Level 3 Diploma in Production Art (UAL)
    • Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (UAL)


    Lewisham College has a long history and a fantastic reputation in creative arts covering art & design, fashion, media, music and performing and production arts.

    Our courses are delivered in spacious, state-of-the-art studios enjoying natural daylight from the adjoining Tressiliian road offering excellent inspiring views of Lewisham way. We have a huge 90-seat theatre, spacious dance and technical theatre studios, rehearsal rooms, computer editing suites, recording studios, and digital and traditional black and white photography developing dark rooms.

    To offer the best experience to you using the great facilities above, we have assembled a team of industry-trained expert tutors and professional technical staff, who have lifelong industry knowledge and experience.

    In addition, you will participate in regular visits to galleries and museums and will receive the chance to exhibit your work at our exciting end-of-year show. All students are encouraged to develop a strong portfolio to enable them to progress to a higher-level course or job.

    With courses in creative arts ranging from art and design, and performing arts, through to media production and production arts available from Level 1 right up to Level 3 Extended Diplomas this year, we are sure to have a course to match your dream and future plans.

    Our students have progressed to working with organisations such as Tate Modern, King's College, Goldsmiths, Central St Martin's, Camberwell School of Art, Imperial War Museum, Channel 4, The BBC, The Daily Telegraph, Sky Sports News, Rambert Dance, Young Vic Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Career Options

    When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained artist or designer, you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression and a good salary in your sights. For example: Artists start on around £16,000 a year and can earn £20,000 with 3-5 years' experience Graphic designers start on around £21,000 a year and can earn £28,000 with 3-5 years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in the art and design industry, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Aimed at training students in their chosen discipline, our courses include valuable work experience opportunities and the chance to exhibit your work, preparing you for your first role in the industry.

    This course gives you the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of the creative arts sector. This course gives you the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of junior art and design-based roles in the creative arts industries. Junior job roles include:

    • product designer,
    • illustrator, sculptor,
    • sketch artist,
    • digital designer,
    • architect,
    • 3D model maker,
    • animator,
    • independent artist,
    • painter,
    • interior decorator,
    • print designer, and
    • fashion branding roles.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 13/09/2021
End Date 08/07/2022


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 2,085 p/year
24+ £2,085 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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