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Ideal for: students with a broad interest in digital media and design.
If students have a broad interest in digital media and design, then this course is ideal. Our staff will encourage students to experiment with craft and digital technology and build a portfolio of work, showing a range of processes.
Hear from Orla and Dudley about what it is like studying here at Ravensbourne.
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by the extended deadline of Thursday 31 March 2022. We also accept applications after the published application deadlines, but places may be limited at this point.
This is our most popular foundation diploma, offering a strong introduction to all the specialist subject areas that Ravensbourne has to offer such as graphics, broadcast media and 3D design.
Students should consider this course if they have a broad interest in digital media and design. They will experiment with craft and digital technology and build a portfolio of work, showing a range of processes.
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.
Students applying for the foundation diplomas must be aged 18 or above before the enrolment date.
Your first stage features a series of introductory projects focusing on the core disciplines of:
Design and media students will then explore a range of different subject areas, including:
You will also undertake a contextual studies lecture series and written assignment.
Design and Media students will elect a Pathway from one of the following diagnosed disciplines:
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.
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.
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:
Other relevant and equivalent qualifications are considered on an individual basis.
You can’t learn in a vacuum. At Ravensbourne University London, industry connection is ingrained into everything we do. We will equip you for success in the creative and digital industries, ensuring you are truly industry ready upon graduation. Our tutors are respected academics and practitioners with substantial experience and industry links.
You will be part of a diverse community of creatives, working collaboratively to explore new professional practices. Ravensbourne have strong industry links with a range of high-profile companies, including: Apple, Barclays, the BBC, European Space Agency, Marks & Spencer, Museum of London, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Samsung and many more.
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.
Find out more about our tuition fees and whether you qualify for financial support during your studies.
For information on study routes, visa requirements, studying in England, language and entry requirements, application requirements and access to international agents, please visit our international section.
If you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you.
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One of the best things about our facilities is that they are open to all students no matter what course they are studying.
Watch the video and then scroll through the gallery to see what else you could use.
Our spacious and well-equipped fashion atelier means that our fashion students learn traditional, technical and creative skills such as draping, pattern cutting and machine sewing. But not only that. They can also push creative limits by designing and printing their own materials using our industry-standard fabric printers.
Large fully equipped and industry-grade HDTV studio to equip students with the right technology to bring ideas to life.
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We have a fully working, industry-standard TV studio, complete with gallery for undergraduates studying editing and production.
The Ravensbourne materials library is curated by Material ConneXion, a business that introduces brands to the latest material innovations.
The materials scientists at Material ConneXion select innovative materials relevant to the courses at Ravensbourne and that reflect current trends in design and manufacturing.
Samples of these materials are then added to the library so students and staff can browse the physical collection for inspiration, material ideas and applications.
The library hosts 1,500 material samples and an interactive table for further research and access to the Material ConneXion database.
External visitor information
If you wish to come and see the materials library and have a short tour, please contact us to organise.
The materials library can be used by external students registered with the SCONUL access scheme.
The Ravensbourne University library has a large collection of print, online and multimedia resources available for staff and students to use.
As a digital student, you'll need access to equipment relevant to your course that will support your learning.
The Kit Store provides a wide range of equipment that students can borrow to complete their projects. Staff can also borrow equipment to deliver their practical sessions.
It houses a wide range of equipment from industry standard manufacturers, including cameras, audio, lighting, and more.
Staff at the Kit Store are trained in various relevant departments and are available to give advice on all the equipment within the store, to help you realise your project.
Students studying on this Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Design and Media) course, after the first six weeks, can elect one of the below pathways as the focus of their studies.
The courses that sit underneath the pathways correspond to the undergraduate courses available at Ravensbourne that students can progress on to after completing the Foundation Diploma.
BA (Hons) Architecture
BA (Hons) Illustration for Communication
BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures
BA (Hons) Product Design
BA (Hons) Advertising and Brand Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management
BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Motion Graphics
Students can also join either of our other Foundation Diplomas after the first six weeks too. These are:
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media Production)
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles)
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