Ravensbourne

Fashion courses

interview and portfolio

BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion

  • The portfolio can be either digital or physical.
  • 12-15 portfolio pages, this may require you to edit your work.
  • Photography and film work films need to be in Quicktime files or uploaded onto youtube or vimeo so that the lecturer can view them on their laptop.
  • Work which demonstrates use of graphics and graphic layouts.
  • Theme-boards or trend boards which they can articulate during the interview.
  • 1 or 2 good projects from conception to realisation.
  • A written piece of work, this can be on any subject but needs to be printed out, need to be able to also leave a copy.
  • All the above has to be no more than 15 pages.

Overseas students

  • All work must be made by the applicant
  • 12 - 15 pages maximum
  • Size A3 is ideal but we see work which is A2 , A1 or A0.
  • Aim to show 3 projects which demonstrate design thinking - Research, ideas development, realisation / outcome.
  • Visual language / creative thinking:
  • Drawings / illustrations
  • Concept boards / Mood boards / Storyboards
  • CAD skills ( Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, film editing software)
  • Graphics - layouts and use of typography 
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Sketchbooks and scrapbooks
  • Evidence of good written English 

BA (Hons) Fashion Accessories Design

  • The portfolio can be either digital or physical.
  • 10-15 portfolio pages, this may require you to edit your work. Including Illustrations, CADs and photographs of fashion accessory designs.
  • 2–5 samples of work. This could be fashion garments, jewellery pieces, bags, shoes or headwear.
  • Theme-boards or trend boards which they can articulate during the interview.
  • A written piece of work, this can be on any subject but needs to be printed out, need to be able to also leave a copy. 

Overseas students

Digital portfolios can include some or all of the following elements scanned and presented in the form of a PDF file that can be scrolled. A range of separate individual sheets is not acceptable:

  • Evidence of drawing skills, in particular observation skills
  • Life drawing - quick sketches and longer study drawings
  • Colour palette development, colour sensitivity and concept development
  • Evidence of design development and extensive experimentation
  • Textile experimentation, finish ideas and testing, feature development
  • Ability to develop from 2D into 3D resolution (photographs of final 3D design outcomes is adequate)

An awareness of 3D form and shape, and application of this in fashion accessories design Evidence of illustration skills and the ability to communicate through illustration CAD skills using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; this could be in illustrations or technical drawings (CAD skills not essential as we do teach this).

Home students

If you are able to attend your interview in person, you will still need to demonstrate a variety of the above evidence in the form of sketch books and a physical portfolio.

Please note: While we will accept any portfolio size, it is much more professional and easier to manage if you bring a maximum A3 size portfolio to interview.

BA (Hons) Fashion

  • The portfolio can be either digital or physical showing primary research.
  • Minimum of 5 pages of design development drawing skills that represent your most recent work.
  • Sketch books are crucial.

Overseas students

Digital portfolios can include some or all of the following elements scanned and presented in the form of a PDF file that can be scrolled.

This can include:

  • Evidence of drawing skills and in particular observation skills
  • Life drawing quick sketches
  • Life drawing longer study drawings
  • Colour palette development, colour sensitivity and concept development
  • Evidence of design development and extensive experimentation
  • Textile experimentation, finish ideas and testing, feature development 
  • Ability to develop from 2D into 3D resolution( photographs of final garments is adequate)
  • Draping in the stand and ability to capture shapes and silhouettes
  • Evidence of Illustration skills and the ability to communicate through illustration
  • CAD skills using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; this could be in illustrations or technical drawings(CAD skills not essential as we do teach this)

Please note: A range of separate individual sheets is not acceptable.

Home students

If you are able to attend your interview in person, you will still feature a variety of the above evidence in the form of sketch books and a physical portfolio.

Please note: While we will accept any portfolio size, it is much more professional and easier to manage if you bring a maximum A3 size portfolio to interview. If you wish to show large scale AO,A1, A2 artwork, it is absolutely acceptable to photograph this to feature in your portfolio.

BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management

Due to the breadth of the field of study in Fashion Buying and Brand Management, an art and design portfolio is not a requirement. The course will accept students from a broad range of subjects and backgrounds.

The following selection factors will be used:

  • A portfolio is welcome but not required.
  • If you wish to demonstrate creativity through projects, it is acceptable to bring photographs of your work rather than an AO or A1 portfolio if you are coming a long way.
  • A keen interest in the fashion industry is vital.
  • Work or work experience in fashion or fashion retail is an advantage.
  • Ability to discuss a range of fashion related topics. 
  • The minimum UCAS points (220).
  • Foundations and BTech National Diplomas Merit and above. 
  • Good A-levels in art and design OR academic subjects.
  • Subjects such as Business, English, Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies, Graphic Design are all relevant and a great advantage.

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