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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion and Textiles) at Ravensbourne

Course description

Aimed at school and college leavers who have a knowledge and want to study fashion and textiles, this course lets you experience activities within fashion and textile design to help you assess your strengths in this area and confirm aspirations for your next step.
If you have a strong interest in fashion, but are not ready to undertake a fashion degree, then this course is for you. A combination of practical studio projects, workshops and traditional academic learning will encourage you to experiment with craft and digital technology within the fashion arena.
Practising fashion and textile designers will introduce you to new ideas in the broad subject range within the fashion industry. You will receive practical guidance throughout your diploma and help in directing you to the right degree or work option, including interview preparation and how to best present your portfolio. You will complete the course in a strong position to assist you with your undergraduate application.

Course content

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 
Styling and promotion
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 of fashion and textiles and your planned progression path; this project will culminate in a public exhibition of your work.

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.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ravensbourne directly.

Last updated date: 19 August 2015
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