History, Affiliations and Rankings
Ravensbourne University London is a specialist public university known for its industry-focused offerings in digital media, design and creative technology. Established in 1962 by the amalgamation of Bromley School of Art, Sidcup School of Art and Beckenham School of Art, it was formerly called the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, after the River Ravensbourne, which flows from Bromley Common to Greenwich. In 2017, the College was accorded independent degree-granting powers, while in 2018, it achieved university status, becoming Ravensbourne University London in its present form. A thriving, creative and collaborative community of learners, Ravensbourne offers innovative and creative curriculums from foundation to the Postgraduate level. A creative ecosystem, the University is backed by giants from the creative industry. The Complete University Guide 2022 ranks Ravensbourne at #129 out of 130 universities in the UK.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Situated at the heart of London’s creative ecosystem on the Greenwich Peninsula, the Ravensbourne University London campus features gold-standard facilities and creative infrastructure. From world-class learning facilities to collaborative student zones, the university offers the right infrastructure to nourish creative talent. There is a Fashion Preparation Space, Editing, Production, Audio and 3D Prototyping Suites, Photographic Studio, Sound and Music Studio and more on the campus. Ravensbourne offers courses at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels along with short courses, apprenticeship programs, and foundation options. At the Bachelor’s level, there are 10 study areas to choose from, including, Animation and Illustration, Architecture and Interiors, Management, Digital Technology, Fashion and more. There are 11 Master’s degree options available in Computer Science, Design Management, Digital Marketing, Luxury Brand Management, Social Innovation and more. All the courses inculcate design-thinking, human-centered approach, and designed to resolve the critical challenges of the creative global economy of the 21st century.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Ravensbourne University London is one of the best creative schools in London and the United Kingdom that has produced notable trailblazers in the creative industry. Noted for its creativity and innovation, the University recently opened the all-new, state-of-the-art Institute for Creativity and Technology for Postgraduate courses. Further, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, Ravensbourne ranks #2 in the UK for Postgraduate Satisfaction, with a satisfaction rate of 93%. In the same survey, the University is placed at #1 out of 41 institutions for Education and Teaching subjects. Students from the Creative Capital Society at Ravensbourne University took home 3 Prizes at the National Student Television Association Award. The alumni network of the University is a global community of creative thinkers, comprising some of the celebrated names like, the legendary musician, David Bowie, fashion designer, Stella McCartney, artists, Anthony McCall and Rose Finn-Kelcey, the Danish photographer and art director, Martin Masai Anderson and other famous graduates.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University of Ravensbourne London is a dynamic community of nearly 2,600 creative students, 4% of whom come from overseas. Students of over 50 nationalities attend Ravensbourne in London presently. Ravensbourne University is diverse, inclusive and nurtures the values of creativity and collaboration. On the campus, students are always seen working on creative projects. Further, by virtue of its location in the Design District of London, the University benefits from close connections with the creative industry. 90% of the students graduating from here, are enrolled in further studies or are employed in highly skilled jobs. Graduates are known to work in the creative corporate sector in companies including, Apple, ASOS, BBC, Discovery, Burberry, HSBC, Vogue, Walt Disney and others.