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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles)

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You should consider this course if you have a strong interest in fashion design and textiles.

Our staff will encourage you to experiment with the wide range of techniques available to our students at Ravensbourne.

This course allows you to experience fashion and textile design activities to help you assess your strengths in this area, and confirm your degree aspirations.

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Course details

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1 years full time

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Validating body
University of the Arts Awarding Body

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, or
  • Progression Diploma (Level 3) in a related subject area, or
  • 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.

The deadline for applications to this course is 28 February 2019.

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What your course will look like


Most students go on to higher education and many to Ravensbourne fashion degree courses. If you decide to go directly into work, we’ll help you to find opportunities.

Stage 1 – Exploratory

Your first stage features a series of introductory projects focusing on the core disciplines of fashion and textiles through:

  • Design development
  • Life drawing
  • Observation skills
  • Realisation and presentation of final ideas
  • Recording and research techniques

As a fashion and textiles student, you will explore the following subject areas: 

  • Fashion and textile design
  • Fashion lifestyle products
  • Fashion photography and styling
  • Fashion promotion and fashion media

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.

You will choose between the two pathways:

  • Fashion and textile design
  • Fashion Promotion

Stage 3 – Confirmatory

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

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