Foundation education (FE): Interview and Portfolio

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Some helpful advice


As all our interviews are conducted online we require submission of a digital portfolio. This is a sample of your work that we can look at online, which may include photos of your projects and not just work created digitally.

We generally recommend providing around 15–20 images of your work, or a showreel if you're applying for one of our film or production courses. Please read the specific portfolio requirements for your course. We understand that you may not have been able to produce as much practical work this year compared to previous years, so we are being flexible with some of the requirements listed here.

Your portfolio should be published on a single platform such as Tumblr, Blogspot, Flickr, Vimeo, Wixsite, YouTube, Soundcloud or your own website. The platform you choose may depend on the type of work you want to show.

You may also share your work directly through a link, such as a Google Drive link, but please make sure your work can be accessed by our academics and the right permissions have been granted. It should be accessible from a web browser without the need to enter a password.

At Ravensbourne we understand that access to your work may be difficult when schools are closed, so we understand that not everyone will be able to provide a complete portfolio at this time. We encourage you to show your research, development and examples of work in progress, so we can assess your thought processes and craft in the absence of a finished article. These will provide a valuable insight into your abilities and potential to succeed at Ravensbourne. Therefore, please don't hesitate to submit your portfolio even if it's not quite perfect at this stage.

Don't miss out on the general advice and tips at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to meeting you at interview and discussing your ambitions.

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 upload your best, most relevant pieces.

All portfolios must be accessible digitally, you can show us you pieces using Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, a blog or link to your website. You can either provide us with a link or email your documents directly to [email protected]

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:

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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]

Your online interview

The aim of your interview is to provide you with a relaxed, informed and supportive environment which is shared with other applicants (your prospective peers). It will supply you with a snapshot of life as a student at Ravensbourne, so you can feel confident and comfortable in your decision to study with us.

We understand your creative education or journey to this important decision in your life may have been interrupted by the pandemic, so we want to give you this opportunity to showcase your creative abilities and reason. 

What to prepare before the interview?

Your interview will be conducted online via Whereby with 10 other applicants. A link to a Whereby session and a simple creative activity will be shared with you.

This must be completed ahead of your interview. You will need to submit the activity digitally, 24 hours before the interview date.

The interview itself will be informal and you will be asked to discuss the outcome of your activity, and share this to Padlet. Padlet is an application to create an interactive digital visual board (think of a Pinboard) that you can use to display information for any topic. 

You will be encouraged to discuss your fellow applicant’s submissions, and the merits found within their work. 

We look forward to meeting you!