Dip Art Design & Media Level 2

Develop Your Visual Skills For Creative, Rewarding And Exciting Career Paths

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1 year
Carly Lacey

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design is for students who require a general art and design based qualification. The course is practical and students will learn how to produce a range of work through a variety of assignments. The assignments will be based on the activities of people working in the art and design sector.

The most important thing you need is a lively and enquiring mind, a growing interest in art, craft and design, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. There are very few areas of modern living that do not involve the role of an artist or designer, from the products we buy to the entertainments we view.


The course introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification. Through a variety of workshop practices, project work and visual studies you will learn about the key elements of art and design.


You will be taught by industry experienced tutors and you will work in the modern, mature, creative and exciting environment of Art and Design at The Isle of Wight College. You will study in our well-equipped facilities which include: 2D and 3D Studios and Textiles Studio. Practical and theoretical work is delivered and supported through a programme of workshops, lectures, demonstrations and tutorials. All students will leave with a portfolio of completed art work.


An OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design is equivalent to four GCSEs grades A* – C. Students gaining an OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities [minimum average of Merit level required]. This may be in the creative industries field and career opportunities include graphics/illustrations, textiles, museum/gallery work, product, interior or environmental design, conservations and heritage, teaching, freelance and fine art work.

These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges. Many students choose to pursue their studies with the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, BTEC Level 3 Photography or Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design, before either looking for employment or progressing to study a degree at University or College.


The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design is made up of eight units, which you will complete over the year. Your work will be internally assessed through a programme of assignments and externally moderated. Your units of study will include:

  • 2D and 3D Communication
  • Exploring the work of artists and designers
  • Developing ideas
  • Exploring Fashion and Textiles
  • Realising Art & Design Ideas
  • Explore self-image

Course units are subject to change.


Your programme of study will include qualifications in:

  • OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • Depending on your GCSE grades you will also be required to retake GCSE English or Maths.
  • Additional qualifications to compliment study

There is an additional cost for this course. A materials fee of £137 will cover materials, such as general consumable tools, materials and a trip, for use on your course. This amount may change due to cost of equipment. You may be eligible to apply for financial assistance to help meet these costs.

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