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Our lecturers have tailored subject specific portfolio and interview information because we know you'll want to show us just how talented you are when you apply to study at Ravensbourne.
Ready to get started? Remember: not all our courses ask you for a portfolio or showreel (although most will!).
Don't miss out on the general advice and tips at the bottom of this page.
Focus. Know the course you're applying for and aim the contents of your portfolio accordingly. We want to see you have a keen interest and ability for the subject. If you find out more about your specific course to tailor your portfolio, go to the course page.
Experimentation. Don't keep everything the same; we want to see whether you can work in a variety of media, using different methods
Commitment. Show us that you can come up with a good idea and develop it into a final concept
Passion. If you're excited and enthusiastic about your work, there's a better chance that we will be too
Ambition. To make it in digital industry, you have to be ambitious. So go beyond the brief and produce your own work
Industry awareness. We want to know you're going to exhibitions and events and who's inspiring you within your industry.
Our interview tutors love looking through your work, but they won't have much time, so edit your portfolio and only bring us your best, most relevant pieces.
Bring what you can carry yourself; you can show us large or three-dimensional pieces using photographs or via Flickr, YouTube or Vimeo.
Design and Media diploma
Fashion and textiles diploma
Remember, we are a digital institution, so include some digitally focused work
Keep all your work in the same format - all landscape or all portrait - as this makes it easier for us to view it
Make sure you clearly label all your work, because we will sometimes look at it before we interview you
Be prepared to discuss your ideas and what you hope to achieve by studying on the course.
If you are an EU or international student, we recommend that you upload your portfolio to a website such as Flickr, YouTube or Vimeo and provide us with a link to your work, rather than supplying original work which cannot be returned.
Scroll to the bottom to find out how to tailor your portfolio to each individual course.
Research the course you're applying for, identify the main area of work and base a larger portion of your showreel around that
Front-load your showreel with your best work.
You'll only have a short time to show off your work, so keep your showreel short and punchy - around two minutes long
Your interviewer may ask to see your best piece of work, so make sure you can find specific pieces quickly and easily.
Put your showreel on an internet channel, which will make it easier to view, but always bring a back-up with you in the form of a DVD, memory stick or hard drive
Explain what your role was in each clip
Only include your best work
Correctly label all clips and the DVD, memory stick or hard drive
Make sure all work is both Mac and PC-compatible.
We'll expect you to talk about your work, so know it well. Be able to analyse it, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work
Brush up on your knowledge of Ravensbourne and the industry you're applying for
Find out as much as you can about the course you're applying for as the admissions tutor will be looking for this. A good way to do this is to come to an Open Day
Be able to show that you're a team player and that you can use time effectively
Practice at home, making sure you can say three things about every piece of work that aren't obvious by looking at it.
Arrive on time for your interview
Report to the main reception
Your interview will take around 20 to 30 minutes, but you should expect to remain on campus for up to two hours
You will be interviewed by at least two people, including a member of the course staff
You may be interviewed in a group situation
If you're applying for certain TV and broadcasting courses, you may be asked to sit a short maths or physics test.
We run a number of UCAS workshops to help prepare students for interview, including mock interview workshops, personal statement workshops and portfolio or showreel surgeries.
If you'd like to sign up to any of these sessions, please email: [email protected]
Ravensbourne University London
6 Penrose Way
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