Digital Design First Diploma Level 2





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About the course

The diploma introduces you to basic Digital Design practices, skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to work with interesting and diverse projects whilst gaining a valid understanding of the subjects such as Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Web Design and other New Media Interfaces. You will experiment with your ideas, look at the work of other artists and designers and build a creative portfolio. You will be given the chance to develop your skills and self-confidence in a mature, friendly and safe environment. 

The course is broad and allows you to explore a range of art & design disciplines, and help you progress to one of our level 3 courses in Creative Arts & Media.

This course is part of a wider study programme, which includes a tutorial and personal development element, work experience opportunities through outside set projects and design challenges, development of English and Maths Skills through embedded activities.

Benefits for Students

As a student of City of Bristol College, you will have free access to:

The Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Premier, Dreamweaver, Animate and many many more. You will also have access to Adobe Online and use of Adobes online platforms and cloud storage space for all your work and resources. This would normally cost you £15 per month but is absolutely free as part of your course

Microsoft Office, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as access to Office 365, which gives you online access to the web-based applications and 1TB of personal cloud storage space.


  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Entry Requirements

Our entry requirements for level 2 is least 4 GCSEs or equivalents at 3 (D in the old system) Grade including at least either Maths and English at GCSE or Functional Skills. We can also consider successful completion of an Level 1 vocational qualification. As the course is has level 1 criteria, we can look at lower entry requirements depending on individual circumstances.

What will I do on this course?

Specialist units will provide you with basic and creative skills in Digital Design, Research into a range of artists, 2D & 3D Digital work, graphic design, digital photography, concept art and web & app design. You will have the opportunity to work on a personal project and showcase your newly developed skills within the subject.  

Although the course runs alongside relevant English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop and understanding of contextual language and maths involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available.

Who is it for?

If you are interested in arts, crafts and design, but had very little experience with the subject area then this may be the right start for you. This course has been designed especially for students who want to develop Art & Design skills. You do not need any have any previous art qualifications to enrol onto this course. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst doing something you really enjoy and build your confidence in working in the broad subject of Art & Design.

  • School Leavers with below D grades of equivalents
  • Over 19s returning to education (subject to funding - see below in additional costs)
How Is this course assessed?

Your work will be assessed through written and practical means. You will present the work in sketchbooks, digital blogs and in different practical formats. You will be assessed on you development and outcomes. Regular portfolio assessment throughout the year, by which you will always know how you are progressing on course and given many opportunities to improve your performance. Assessments in English and Maths at a level appropriate to you and are taken in small groups in classrooms. 

What could I do next?

Successful achievement of a level 2 programme can open up all a range of subject areas to you, even if they are not related to Art & Design. The most common progression from the level 2 Diploma is on to one of our creative Level 3 programmes:

You can also move onto another level 2 course and explore new areas of the creative sectors, such as Creative Digital Media.

As part of your tutorial aspect on the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.

Additional cost

The course is free to anyone between the age of 16-18. If you are 19-23, there may be funding or concessions available, but this is on a case by case basis. If you are over 24 then the course will not be funded and full fees will apply. Anyone over 19 should contact the college before making an application, so we can provide you with some initial advice and guidance.

There is no formal kit list for consumables, but financial support is available through the learner support fund. Applications can be made through the college's Learner Services team.


The course will require an interview, where you will meet staff and see our facilities. The interview is designed to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 2 & 3.

Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview.

To find out more, please either call: 0117 312 5000 or email:



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16-18 19+
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