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Art and Design, Media & Performing Arts

Art and Design Skills - Level 2 Diploma

Start Date: 4th September 2023
Code: PFFB01007


Duration: 1 Year Full-time
Start date: 4th September 2023
End date: 7th June 2024

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

Course Content

This Art and Design course is for people seeking to learn the core skills required within the art & design industry.

During the year, you will learn the following;

  • Painting &Drawing skills
  • Graphic Design principals and practices, both analogue and digital
  • 2D and 3D Design techniques
  • Colour theory and practice
  • Photography and associated software skills
  • Working to creative design briefs

The course will also focus on practical working methods, such as effective research and decision-making techniques, to create an awareness of modern, professional creative industry production processes, from initial brief and concept right through to final product design and manufacture. Emphasis is on practical, hands-on skills development and less theory, making learning fun and delivered in workshops, projects, individual and group work as well as welcoming guest speakers/artists, visits and collaborative projects with other classes at the campus.

Along with the Pearson BTEC Art & Design Skills, you will study units from the OCN Vocational Skills qualification to supplement your Level 2.

You will also study Essential Skills Literacy and Numeracy, should you not already hold GCSE Maths and English, at point of entry.

The course will also help learners to develop presentation & communication skills essential within the contemporary art and design world & creative industries in general. Learn relevant design skills from our talented and experienced lecturing team.

Course Update

Please note that due to ongoing major campus construction projects courses at Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney may be relocated to alternative suitable locations as required.

Applicants should have 4 GCSE's at Grade D-E or above, or other relevant qualifications. In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

Although this is a self-contained Level 2 qualification and all students will leave with the core skills to further develop within the industry, we also have further education opportunities at the same campus. Students who successfully complete all elements of the course can apply to Level 3 Art & Design Practice course at the same campus.

Trostan Avenue Building
Trostan Avenue
BT43 7BN
028 2563 6221



Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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