Art & Design
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

This course is about creativity and is for you if you're interested in a mixture of traditional art and design activities and cutting edge digital work. On the course, you will be introduced to a wide range of creative activities including; drawing, painting, collage and sculpture work, software-based design, animation, website design, graphic design, illustration.

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?


  • 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.

Equipment requirements:

All Art & Design students are required to maintain a basic Art Kit of essential materials, and to bring these materials to each class.

The Art Kit should include:

  1. A range of pencils
  2. Ruler
  3. Rubber
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue / Pritt Stick
  6. A3 Sketchbook
  7. A3 Wallet

*All items can be purchased in local shops in Ealing (such as Rymans, W.H.Smith and Tiger.)

Entry Requirements

2 - 4 GCSEs grade A* - C (including English), or equivalent; 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 project work, 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 designer, animator, web designer, graphic designer, illustrator, painter, and comic designer. However, most students continue onto one of our Level 3 courses.


  • 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Apply for a foundation degree in Art, Design or Media
Study Methods

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

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.