York College

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. The Art and Design Diploma Level 2 qualification at Merit grade will also be considered as part of the entry requirements. You will be invited to show a portfolio of your art and design work at your guidance discussion.


Two years.

What will I study?

We have an experienced, excellent staff team who cover a wide range of specialisms on this exciting two year programme.

This is an exciting course made up of inspirational projects which integrate many different approaches that enable students to study a wide range of Art and Design activities before specialising in the second year in one of the key areas of Fine Art, Graphics, Illustration, Photography, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design.

The second year of this course has the advantage of working alongside the Foundation Diploma Art and Design group.

Through drawing projects and experimental workshops, you will experience a variety of new art and design media and techniques. This will allow you to broaden your own visual experience so that you can make an informed choice of specialist area in your second year.

You will extend your art and design skills by working in printmaking workshops, photography studios, Apple Mac suites and 3D workshops.

Throughout the programme there are educational visits to galleries, workshops, museums, exhibitions and places of specific interest to extend your awareness of the wide range of contemporary creative activity. Art and design history is an integral part of the qualification and supports your work in the studios and workshops.

As an optional part of the programme we also offer an exciting opportunity to take part in residential study trips. One of these may be an overseas visit to a European city, reflecting cultural excellence in the visual and applied arts. In addition, some students may take part in live projects with local industry.

At the end of the course you will work on a Personal Project in a specialist area, which will be exhibited in the Creative Show for parents, practitioners and VIPs.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed and graded throughout the course towards an overall grade for the qualification. Progress is monitored by your personal tutor throughout the two-year programme.


There is a cost of £75 in total for this course.  £25 for a mandatory Art Kit and £50 student contribution that is used to enhance the students learning through the availability of additional resources and activities. More details will be provided before you enrol.

Residential trips both home and abroad are an important part of the course but are optional. The cost varies and is dependent on current rates for the destination.

What could it lead to?

On completion you can progress on to a wide range of specific Art and Design degree programmes at universities and colleges within the UK, related to the areas of Graphics, Illustration, 3D Design, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles including our own degree courses at York College. Past students have successfully completed creative degrees at University of the Arts London, Goldsmiths, Northumbria University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Glasgow School of Art.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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