Art & Design (Level 2)

Reasons to study this course

This course is designed for students who wish to explore their interest in art and design in a full‐time, immersive experience. It provides students with the skills necessary to progress to Level 3 studies in a range of art and design subjects, including fine art, photography, graphic design, fashion, textiles, product design and others, as well as building on transferable soft skills.

What you will study

The course comprises of 4 projects throughout the year

You will learn skills in a range of specialisms including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, photography, and moving image.

You will be expected to produce practical work in the art studio and keep a sketchbook with notes and research.

You will engage with live projects, exhibitions, attend trips and learn about artists and designers

At the end of the year you will produce a ‘Final Major Project’ of your choice and exhibit your work in the Priestley Summer Show

How you will be assessed

Formal assessment at the end of each project

A ‘Final Major Project’ is externally moderated and determines the overall qualification grade.

Priestley Extra

You will develop focused industrial skills working in partnership with live clients in areas such as solving the issues surrounding environmental impact, sustainability, recycling, considering market demand, clients and potential users. You will be trained to complete work to a degree level standard.


The majority of students who complete our Level 2 programme progress to one of our Level 3 courses. To progress to Level 3 you will need to obtain merit grades in your vocational programme and make good progress where appropriate in English and/or Maths and have a good attendance record. Other students progress directly into employment with training or to a range of apprenticeships.

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Work from all our art courses is posted in an online gallery. You can take a look at it here.

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