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Art, Design and Creative Studies (SEG Award – Level 2 Certificate)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn
  • Length: 30 weeks


This 30-week course gives you the opportunity to develop your art and design skills and earn an accredited Level 2 qualification from Skills Education Group.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Thursday 10 October – 12 December 2024 (10 Thursdays and 1 Wednesday, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 7 December 2024 (09.00-16.00)

Please note, there won’t be a session on Thursday 14 November, instead it’ll be held on Wednesday 13 November.

Continuation in spring term 2025

Thursday 6 February – 10 April 2025 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 29 March 2025 (09.00-16.00)

Continuation in summer term 2025

Thursday 17 April – 19 June 2025 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 31 May 2025 (09.00-16.00)

Please note, it’s not possible to enrol on this course part-way through. You’ll need to attend from the start date in October.

You’ll be expected to complete projects, exercises, and research outside your sessions at AUB. You’ll be provided with more details about timelines and project submission deadlines at the start of the course.


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.



You can choose to secure your place with a deposit of £400 and pay the remainder of your fees in two further instalments of £400 and £449. Simply, choose this option when booking your place online. The total balance of your course fee is payable by 1 October 2024. See our T&Cs (below) for further details.

Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some of your own art materials and equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

Bring to your first class:

  • A3 sketchbook of cartridge paper
  • A2 carry case to transport your work
  • Drawing pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener

You’ll receive further guidance on course materials during your first class. It’s recommended that you have the following at home so you can continue to work on your projects outside the sessions:

  • Watercolour paints
  • Watercolour paper
  • Charcoal
  • Chalk pastels
  • A3 pastel paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Palette
  • Nylon and bristle paint brushes
  • A3 folder to collate and present your work

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Short Courses FAQs – Evening and Weekend and Saturday Art School

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Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

About this course

This 30-week Skills Education Group (SEG) Level 2 accredited qualification will equip you with the necessary tools and overall principles to develop your personal creativity in art, design, and crafts. Suitable for beginners and intermediate artists, you'll not just develop your creative skills and knowledge but also your confidence in developing your interests and ideas in an artistic way.

Having a Level 2 qualification will prepare you for further learning, give you the skills to progress in your current job, or equip you with new skills needed to change your career path.

Expertly led by your specialist tutor, Abi Kremer, you'll develop your investigative skills and research techniques to give your creative projects a thorough and informative underpinning. You'll be guided to apply research techniques into contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts and record your activities.    

You'll have the chance to experiment and hone your skills in a wide range of art and design media, including paint, pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and chalk amongst others. Likewise, you'll investigate a selection of different mediums, such as printmaking, and sculpture. In doing so you'll learn how to effectively use each media and medium whilst developing your techniques.    

After you've completed a series of experimentation sessions, you'll be expected to choose specific areas of art and design mediums to specialise in. You'll develop an understanding of both the visual and formal elements relating to your chosen art and design discipline. 

  • Techniques of developing a creative process 
  • Exploration of a wide range of different art and design mediums, media, and styles 
  • Appropriate and effective use of art and design tools 
  • Variety of research strategies 
  • How to turn ideas into creative and sophisticated concepts 
  • 2D and 3D visual communication 
  • Individual project-based assignments 
  • Professional presentation skills 

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Be prepared and confident in taking the next step in your creative journey, including pursuing further academic studies
  • Possess improved artistic skills
  • Have a strong portfolio of work showcasing your skills developed throughout the course
  • Understand the formal elements relating to a chosen art and design discipline
  • Understand different influences, styles and media
  • Have developed strong research techniques
  • Be able to apply media appropriate to your intentions
  • Possess a sound understanding of different mediums and associated tools and how to use them effectively and safely
  • Be able to work to a set brief and develop suitable ideas and bodies of work in response
  • Possess an enhanced ability to visually communicate your ideas and develop your visual voice
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

Yes, if you complete this one-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria set by Skills Education Group you’ll be awarded an accredited Level 2 Skills Education Group certificate.

You’ll take part in group discussions and share your work for feedback. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

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Abi Kremer

Abi has had a long and varied career as an artist and educator. Having studied ‘Environmental Art’ specialising in mural design at AUB.

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Why choose AUB for your short course?

We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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