Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) Foundation Diploma

Aimed at school and college leavers who have a knowledge and want to study fashion and textiles, this course lets you experience activities within fashion and textile design and fashion promotion to help you assess your strengths in this area and confirm aspirations for your next step.

If you have a strong interest in fashion but are not ready to undertake a fashion degree, 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 within the fashion arena.

Practicing fashion and textile designers, fashion photographers, journalists and stylists will introduce you to new ideas in the broad subject range within the fashion industry. You will receive practical guidance throughout your diploma and help in directing you to the right degree or work option, including interview preparation and how to best present your portfolio. You will complete the course in a strong position to assist you with your undergraduate application.

About this course


1 years 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


Most students go on to higher education and many to Ravensbourne fashion degree courses. If you decide to go directly into work, we’ll help you to find opportunities.

Stage 1 – Exploratory

Your first stage features a series of introductory projects focusing on the core disciplines of fashion and textiles through:

  • Design development
  • Life drawing
  • Observation skills
  • Realisation and presentation of final ideas
  • Recording and research techniques

As a fashion and textiles student, you will explore the following subject areas: 

  • Fashion and textile design
  • Fashion lifestyle products
  • Fashion photography and styling
  • Fashion promotion and fashion media

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.

You will choose between the two pathways:

  • Fashion and textile design
  • Fashion Promotion

Stage 3 – Confirmatory

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