Your interview and portfolio

Ravensbourne short courses

Some helpful advice

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.

What are we looking for?

  • 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.

How should I bring in my portfolio?

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

  • 1 sketchbook
  • 10 sheets no larger than A1
  • Larger pieces and 3D work will need to be photographed
  • If relevant, a maximum of two short films (please upload moving image to YouTube or Vimeo).

Fashion and textiles diploma

  • 1 sketchbook
  • 10 sheets no larger than A1, including samples of garments (photographed).

Media production

  • 1 sketchbook
  • 10 sheets no larger than A1, including photographs and storyboards.
  • Maximum of two short films (please upload the moving image to YouTube or Vimeo).

Top tips:

  • 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  FlickrYouTube 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.

What work should I include in my showreel?

  • 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.

How long should my showreel be?

  • 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.

Top portfolio tips:

  • 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.

How to prepare for your interview:

  • 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.

What else do I need to know?

  • 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.

Portfolio workshops

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]