Art & Design
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

This course is about creativity and is for you if you're interested in ‘traditional’ art and design.

On the course, you will be introduced to a wide range of creative activities including; drawing, painting, collage and sculpture work.

What is the course structure?

The course is made up of 8 units. The first 7 units enable you to study particular areas in depth, and Unit 8 will require you to complete a Final Major Project, where you will devise, produce and present a large scale piece of work of your choosing, supported by your teachers.

Minimum age requirement: 16

What subjects will I study?

Units are:

  • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art & design
  • Introduction to contextual research in art & design
  • Introduction to drawing skills
  • Introduction to communication skills in art & design
  • Solving 2D creative problems
  • Solving 3D creative problems
  • Solving time-based creative problems
  • Developing and producing a personal project in art & design (Final Major Project)

Successful students will obtain a UAL Level 2 Diploma. Students passing the course with Merit or above can go on to study at level 3 (i.e. 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Graphic Design or Interactive Media course), training or employment.

GCSE English & Maths As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend FS/GCSE English and/or Maths classes if they have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade C in either subject.

Entry Requirements

2-4 GCSEs grade A*-D (including Maths/English or Art); or functional or key skills awards at Level 1; or Foundation Learning Level 1 Certificate or Award; or BTEC/UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design; or pre-access level 1 qualification; or NVQ 1 or equivalent. Successful completion of internal assessment is also required.

Students without Level 1 functional skills / key skills will be offered the opportunity to achieve prior to progressing onto a vocational Level 2 programme. By exception, students assessed at Entry Level 3 literacy may be accepted subject to the provision of additional support following interview and will be expected to achieve Level 2 in English and maths by the end of the programme.

A portfolio of work demonstrating drawing and painting skills and including examples of observational drawing.

Assessment Method

Student assessment is based on course work, both practical and written (marked by your college teachers and verified by UAL).

Progression Opportunities

What job could I get afterwards?

The course will open up a wide range of creative career opportunities including illustrator, painter, designer, animator, web designer, graphic designer and comic designer. However, most students continue onto one of our Level 3 courses

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated art studios and computer labs, equipped with industry standard software packages.

The course is usually timetabled over 4 days per week.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.