Course: Art & Design Level 2

Study Level

Level 2


Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



If you are passionate about art, design and/or photography including drawing, graphics, and textiles or you want to be an artist, photographer or fashion designer – it all starts here.

Our Level 2 diploma in Art and Design is a one year course which will offer you the opportunity to build on your art skills from school and prepare for progression onto Level 3.

You will learn new techniques, materials and processes through a range of practical lessons and tutorials including printmaking, painting, 3D, illustration, ceramics and animation. You will create a portfolio of art and design work for university and work application interviews. You will display your work to the public in end of year exhibitions and take part in real industry set project briefs.

Why study with us:

  • You will have access to dedicated creative spaces with specialist equipment and facilities, including print
    tables, sewing machines, painting and drawing spaces, computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software, 3D studio, darkrooms and digital printers.
  • We provide opportunities for work experience with local studios or companies.
  • You will visit local and national galleries and exhibitions and will be offered an international visit to further your knowledge and skills.

If you require further information, please contact our Admissions team via 


You will need to have at least two GCSEs at grade 3 or above and a sketchbook or portfolio of artwork which could be photography, art, design and/or textiles to bring to your interview.

Additionally, a commitment to work towards gaining functional skills or a GCSE in maths and English during the course if you have not achieved this.


The course consists of nine units which are assessed on the work you generate through the year in set projects.


You can progress to study Art and Design Level 3 or an apprenticeship.

Further progression will allow you to study a foundation degree in Professional Photographic Practice, Fashion and Textiles, BA Visual Art or FdA Visual Effects and Post Production through the University of Suffolk at East Coast College or other universities.

Careers include a tattoo artist, art director, architect, fashion designer, industrial designer, interior designer, artist, set designer and graphic designer are just some employment possibilities.

"First Light Festival truly values its partnership with East Coast College. The college is an active part of our steering group and helps us to include the needs and voices of young people in our planning and offer for our multi-arts festival. Volunteering is an important part of what First Light Festival offers and we are delighted that so many students choose to take part in this way. As our work develops, we are also keen to explore workplace opportunities as our programme expands in exciting ways."

First Light Festival

Genevieve Christie, CEO

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