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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles)

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

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

You will receive practical guidance throughout, including interview preparation and how to best present your portfolio. As well as higher education opportunities, we can help you to find the right pathway to progress directly into internships or work. 


1 years full time

Validating body
University of the Arts Awarding Body

What you
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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


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.

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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As a student on these courses, you can take advantage of the higher education environment, with its excellent equipment and staff who work in the creative industries. I enjoy seeing our students progress onto Ravensbourne degree courses. They often step off the graduation stage and are set to be leaders in their field and industry.

James Ward, Deputy Dean, School of Media

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