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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Design and Media)

This is our most popular foundation diploma and offers a strong introduction to all the specialist subject areas that Ravensbourne has to offer such as graphics, broadcast media and 3D design.

You should consider this course if you have a broad interest in digital media and design. Our staff will encourage you to experiment with craft and digital technology and build a portfolio of work, showing a range of processes.


1 year full time

Validating body
University of the Arts awarding body

What you
need to know

Entry requirements

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
  • Progression diploma (level 3) in a related subject area
  • 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.

Application deadline: 28 February 2020

Course structure


On successful completion of this course, most students go on to higher education, and many to a wide range of Ravensbourne degree courses. If you decide to go directly into work, we’ll help you find opportunities.

Stage 1 – Exploratory

Your first stage features a series of introductory projects focusing on the core disciplines of:

  • Conceptual thinking and application
  • Drawing
  • Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite
  • Observation skills and media manipulation
  • Life and site-specific drawing
  • Research, recording and responding

Design and media students will then explore a range of different subject areas, including:

  • Fashion and textiles design and Fashion promotion
  • Graphics
  • Lens-based media (animation; photography; film and video; broadcasting)
  • 3D design (architecture; interior; product; interactive design)

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.

Stage 3 – Confirmatory

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

Internal progression award

Our foundation and access diploma graduates may be eligible for a one-off cash gift of £500 if they progress directly to an undergraduate degree course at Ravensbourne.

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