Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art and Design

Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma

Exam Board: OCR

1 year


Course Content:

At Alton College on the CTEC Level 2 Art & Design you will study:

  • How to think about visual communication and how imagery is used to communicate an idea or viewpoint of an individual. 
  • How to explore both artist and technique to gain an in-depth understanding of the processes with many art disciplines and to help and influence your own creative skills.
  • Photography:  You will explore the traditional darkroom, which will enable you to fully appreciate how photography has evolved into the 21st century and use digital cameras to learn about composition, framing and technique and be able to produce a range of experimental photographic images.
  • Graphic Design & Illustration:  You will explore products, media, materials and techniques across a range of ideas in response to a brief and presenting your ideas to the client.  Final outcomes will be used to advertise the final exhibition.
  • Fashion & Textiles:  You will understand the work of textiles artists & designers, the safe use of processes and techniques and will be able to develop an idea for a range of textiles to be shown in a Pop Up Shop exhibition.
  • How to take responsibility for directing some of your own practical projects and research work. 


100% coursework and end of year Pop Up Shop exhibition.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are wide ranging and stimulating from theory based to practical exploration.  You will develop your own ideas by researching into other artists and be encouraged to examine the world around you visually.  You will work through a variety of techniques and learn to work with appropriate media, materials and processes.  Art and Design students are expected to write about and annotate work, to express personal and creative ideas and produce final outcomes using a range of approaches and methods derived in textiles, graphic design and photography.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved a Grade 3 profile at GCSE. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. You should have an interest in art related subjects.

Course costs:

Purchase of consumables over the year: approx. £20 -30 to go towards the end of year exhibition.