Art and Design (Design and Media) Foundation Diploma

This is our most popular Foundation Diploma course and offers a great introduction to all the subject areas Ravensbourne has to offer.

If you have a broad interest in digital media and design, but are not sure which subject to specialise in, then this course is for you.

A combination of practical studio projects, workshops and traditional academic learning will encourage you to experiment with craft and digital technology. Practising artists, designers and broadcasters will introduce you to new ideas in design, communication and media. You will receive practical guidance throughout the course and help in directing you to the right degree or work option, including interview preparation and how to best present your portfolio.

About this course


1 year full time


Tuition fee and Scholarship/bursary information

Entry requirements

Please visit our how to apply page for submission details.

The deadline for submissions is the 30 April 2016.

Students for Foundation Diplomas are normally expected to possess: 

  • four GCSEs, grade C or above, including English and Maths

Students are also normally expected to possess one of the following:

  • one A level, Grade C or above in relevant subject area, or
  • Progression Diploma (Level 3) in a related subject area, or
  • Advanced Diploma (Level 3) in a related subject area

BTEC Level 3 National Award or Certificate qualifications may also be considered for entry.

Other relevant and equivalent qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

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Course structure


On successful completion of this course, most students go on to higher education, and many to a wide range of Ravensbourne degree courses. If you decide to go directly into work, we’ll help you find opportunities.

Stage 1 – Exploratory

Your first stage features a series of introductory projects focusing on the core disciplines of:

  • Conceptual thinking and application
  • Drawing
  • Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite
  • Observation skills and media manipulation
  • Life and site-specific drawing
  • Research, recording and responding

Design and media students will then explore a range of different subject areas, including:

  • Fashion and textiles design
  • Graphics
  • Lens-based media (animation; photography; film and video; broadcasting)
  • 3D design (architecture; interior; product; interactive design)

You will also undertake a contextual studies lecture series and written assignment.

Stage 2 – Pathway

You will deepen and develop specialist knowledge within your chosen subject area. We will encourage you to look and work beyond narrow definitions, and to collaborate with staff and students from other disciplines. You will be able to fully integrate research, ideas and methods to negotiate successful practical outcomes underpinned by theoretical understanding. This will enable you to build a competitive portfolio when applying for higher education and employment.

Stage 3 – Confirmatory

During the final stage, you will undertake and complete a major seven-week project, reflecting on your chosen specialist area and your planned progression path, culminating in a public exhibition of your work.