Ravensbourne

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By MetChristofi

I rate this university 4/5 I like my course it has taught me a lot and made me grow as a person. I like the facilities and the atmosphere as it really makes me feel at home, everyone is lovely and friendly. I wish the Student Union has more power to make more events for us, like other universities, but for caring about students they're wonderful. It is a shame that the thing that prevents this university being 5 stars, are the lecturers. They do not care about you, yes I know we shouldn't be spoon fed. But they are really useless and have no clue. I have learnt a lot, but mainly from work experience and also other student collaborations. I am happy I went to this University and if you're trying to get into the Art, Design or Media industry. This is the place to be!

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Courses and fees

Ravensbourne courses and fees

Ravensbourne specialises in qualifications in the arts - specialist study areas are in Animation, Architecture, Fashion, Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, and Product Design - and has a variety of postgraduate, undergraduate, foundation and short courses on offer. Entry requirements vary, but typically the institution asks for five GCSEs of grade C and above (including English and Maths), plus two A Levels of grade C and above or equivalent.

For more information on the courses on offer, visit Ravensbourne's website.

Undergraduate courses

A selection of BA and BSc Hons courses are on offer at Ravensbourne covering the following major subject areas:

  • Film, TV, Editing and Broadcasting
  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Product Design and Coding
  • Fashion
  • Graphic and Motion Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Music and Sound
  • Photography

Postgraduate courses

There are a number of courses to choose from, including MDes, MA, and MSc qualifications. There are a wide variety of subjects to choose from including fashion, games design, moving image, and fine arts. More information on postgraduate qualifications can be found on Ravensbourne's website.

International

International students are welcomed to Ravensbourne, in fact more than 10% of students come from abroad! The institution offers pre-sessional English programmes for those who need to brush up on their language skills.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for undergraduate UK and EU students are £9,250 per year.

Tuition fees for new undergraduate international Tier 4 visa students are £12,500 and £10,800 for other new undergraduate International students.

Postgraduate fees are £8,500 per year for Home and EU students, and £14,000 per year for international students.

Ravensbourne has a range of support available, and encourages students to contact their Financial Support & Accommodation Adviser (on [email protected]) who will happily explain their options.

Facilities

Ravensbourne facilities

Ravensbourne boasts a brand new state of the art building, which was completed in 2010 and in 2011 won the prestigious RIBA award for most innovative Higher education building in London. As such it has a wide selection of industry-standard equipment, resources for study, and areas where you can immerse yourself in working towards your qualifications. Ravensbourne has access to one of the most powerful broadband connections.

Location

The college is situated in an amazing location, right on the banks of the Thames in Greenwich. The O2 entertainment complex is right on Ravensbourne's doorstep where you can find restaurants, nightlife and the O2 arena. The area also has great transport links, with a London Underground station mere moments away, connecting you to central London and an overground station in Greenwich which provides links to Kent and the south east of England.

Ravensbourne is on the Greenwich Digital Peninsula, the up-and-coming digital community, and is twenty minutes away from Tech City, London's media and technology hub.

Library and study facilities

The library, which is called Study Zone, has over 20,000 books on offer and more than 80 study spaces and a silent zone so you can study in whatever way you like. The library also stays open until 11pm most days and has online resources that you can access wherever you are.

IT

Ravensbourne has a Central Loan resource (CLR) which lets you borrow specialist equipment (cameras, lighting, microphones), IT accessories and laptops with a library of more than 4,000 pieces of equipment to choose from. You can also access the internet throughout the university and you will be given your own email account to use during your time at university.

There's a £16m high-definition digital broadcast facility, two floors of the latest technology for 2D and 3D printing and a research and development space which houses 100 SME businesses. There's a green roof, solar hot water and biomass boiler: environmentally friendly construction throughout.

Careers service

Ravensbourne is dedicated to helping you find work or continue study after you graduate and the careers team is on hand to give you advice and link you up with potential employers. They can help you craft a CV, practice for an interview and find work experience relevant to the specialist course you will be taking.

Student Union

The Students’ Union is here to ensure that students have the best academic and social experience at Ravensbourne. The Union represents students to the Institution and organises regular activities and events to put fun in students' life. It is run by the students for the students and there are many ways to get involved. There are a range of clubs and societies for students to take part in too. The Union is eco-friendly and was awarded the NUS Green Impact Excellence Highly Commended Award in 2015. More information can be found on the Union's website and Facebook page.

Medical and welfare services

The university offers a mentoring service as well as a counselling service for students who need help or advice on a personal or academic level. They also have connections with the Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy to provide spiritual guidance to those who need it.

Financial aid

A huge variety of financial support is available to students, with bursaries specifically for younger students and for those who are coming from a low income background. For a full breakdown of the support you can receive, visit the university's website.

Accommodation

Ravensbourne accommodation

Ravensbourne doesn't have any of its own accommodation however it has partnered with a selection of private providers who have residences very close to the main campus at Greenwich. This means that you will have the benefit of living in halls with students from other universities, diversifying your experience of living in London and discovering all that the capital has to offer.

Full information on all the accommodation Ravensbourne can help you find is found on their website.

Scape

Situated on the Greenwich Peninsula, just a seven minute walk to the main Ravensbourne campus, Scape offers modern rooms with en suite showers, integrated work area, fully-equipped kitchenette and beds with storage. All bills are included in the rent, which starts from £194.31 per week on a 51 week contract.

United at Stratford One

Across the river, just a short tube ride away from campus is Unite, based in Stratford. Ravensbourne has reserved a small number of cluster flats for students to share at the exclusively reduced price of £193 per week with the discount on a 51 week contract - contact the Unite International Sales Team directly on either 0207 421 3468 or 0207 659 1841, quoting Ravensbourne when booking.

Other accommodation

The university has a list of private rented accommodation if you would prefer to house or flat share with your classmates, plus they can put you in connection with other private halls of residence such as Cass and Claredale, CRM McMillan Village, and Mansion Student.

Open Days

Ravensbourne open days

The only way to find out whether Ravensbourne is the place to study for you is to visit it on an open day. Open days are designed so that you can find out a little bit more about the institution and what studying there is really like.

At an open day you will attend subject talks by staff, take a tour of the facilities and campus, and meet with staff to talk about finance and accommodation. You will also find out more about how to apply to the university to get the best chance of getting a place.

Academic timetable for 2017/18:

The standard term dates for undergraduate courses are as follows:

  • Winter term: 25th September – 15th December 2017
  • Spring term: 8th January – 23rd March 2018
  • Summer term: 16th April – 22nd June 2018

Postgraduate courses have the following term dates:

  • Term 1: 18th September 2017 – 26th January 2018
  • Term 2: 5th February – 8th June 2018
  • Term 3: 18th June – 21th September 2017

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