Pre-Foundation Diploma Art and Design (Design and Media)

If you have just completed your GCSEs or AS Levels and are looking to focus on digital media and design, then this course could be your next move.

Short courses

If you know that you wish to study for a career in the creative economy and are looking for an alternative to AS or A2 study, this course is for you. The advantage in joining Ravensbourne at this stage is studying in a university sector environment that offers excellent specialist facilities and teaching professionals, many of whom work in the creative industries.

The course provides you with an immersive design and media experience beginning with a diagnostics period and then progressing, though a period of experimentation, interaction and reflection, to a more focused and specialised approach later on in the qualification. It also seeks to ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required for working independently at higher study.

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 the pre-foundation diploma are normally expected to possess: 

  • 5 GCSEs, grade C or above, including English and Maths, or
  • Level 3 Foundation skills in English and Maths

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Course structure


On successful completion, you can progress onto one of our Foundation Diplomas and are guaranteed entry if you are recommended by our further education academic staff. Subject to final grades, this course is equivalent to two A levels.

Stage 1

This contains compulsory units and covers: drawing; research – primary and secondary, and presentation skills.

Stage 2

Introduces you to specialist areas within digital media and design including: fashion and textiles; 3D design; graphic design; animation and photography; broadcasting and film disciplines.

Stage 3

Students will select a lead subject area for a six-week major study.