Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This extended degree includes an intensive foundation year (Year 0), which will allow you to progress on to one of our architecture or interior design undergraduate degree courses at The Cass. It is both preparatory and diagnostic, meaning you’ll gain the skills required for your subsequent three years of study as well as giving you the opportunity to explore a number of different directions before choosing your specialism at the end of the year.
You’ll begin by undertaking a broad range of short studio and workshop projects in visual imagery and practical making. These will help you develop skills and techniques that are common across all our extended degree courses and are followed by short projects that focus more specifically on architecture and interior design. During these subject-specific projects you’ll have the opportunity to explore spatial and orthogonal drawing, inhabitation, materials, process, modelling, structure, scale, surface, texture and light.
All our extended degree programmes allow you to develop techniques in observational, technical and creative drawing; 2D and 3D composition; framing; sequence/series and narrative, as well as studio and workshop skills. You’ll also attend lectures and seminars, which will frame creative practice within historical, contemporary, conceptual and cultural contexts.
You’ll present work-in-progress and finished projects to peers and tutors on a regular basis, preparing you for the public exhibition at the end of year. This will help you to explore your abilities and guide you towards establishing an individual focus and direction.
By the end of your foundation year you’ll have produced a substantial portfolio of work that will allow you to progress on to one of The Cass’s architecture or interior design undergraduate degree courses. You’ll also have developed as a confident, creative and socially-engaged practitioner with the ability to make more informed decisions about your own work within the context of the creative field you go on to study.
You'll be assessed through coursework and a design portfolio.
Your coursework will take the form of an annotated workbook which will contain evidence of your work processes, reflective work practice and growing awareness of the cultural context of the discipline.
Your design portfolio will be comprised of a collection of A1 sheets relating to design process and resolution and will show your development in subject-specific making and representation skills.
The one-year foundation level of the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree course can lead to the Architecture BA (Hons) pathway. Progression onto the first year of the Architecture degree course is subject to successful completion of all modules on the foundation year of the Extended Degree. Successful completion of the Architecture BA undergraduate degree (three years) will lead to accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA part 1), a professional accreditation awarded to students on their way to becoming a fully accredited architects.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 48 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a small portfolio of work via email. Please see our portfolio guidelines page for more information.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
- all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon
The module provides an introduction to a range of cultural and contextual practices and is diagnostic, helping students identify those areas of degree level study most appropriate to their needs, aspirations and abilities. It is intended to prepare students for critical and theoretical work in high education.
The module is focused on asking questions, specifically questions that bear on architecture, art, design and media in the broad sense. The experience of the module is framed as a whole through the final assessment item. This is a Journal called ‘Critical Questions’. The contents include answers to questions that range from practical or theoretical ‘how to’ or ‘what is’ exercises, to simple ‘what do you think’ form of analysis or reflection, to complex structured responses in the form of an essay.
The module is constructed around three core blocks of intensive study. Each block has a thematic structure to allow the exploration of different topics and approaches, for example:
1. In practice
2. About context
3. Through time
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
- all year (September start) - Thursday morning
- all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
- all year (September start) - Monday morning
- all year (January start) - Thursday morning
The projects in this module will vary considerably in aim, structure and duration, with student responsibility for definition, implementation and development increasing as the course proceeds. Projects require substantial participation from students. They are inherently student centred with course demands satisfied by independent inquiry and discovery. Projects are the ideas and the framework that allows for original thinking and the developmental and conceptual aspects of the work and balance the practical skills dimension built up in the Techniques module. They enhance a sense of organisation and effective time management and encourage critical reflection and self-evaluation.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
- all year (September start) - Friday morning
- all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
- all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
- all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon
This module underpins the skills-based and technical aspects of the work and how media/ materials have been used to resolve ideas. It concerns the quality of making and considerations of care, appropriateness and endeavour. Students will be encouraged to recognise the intrinsic formal and structural qualities of different media as essential elements in visual/ aural communication. The module involves a series of learning experiences introducing and developing many of the key skills and techniques needed for the subject areas.
This module currently runs:
- all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
- all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon
The Workbook is a visual journal that gives the student the opportunity to begin to find and develop an independent voice in their practice as they progress through the course. It is to be used to integrate project related and independent work, to test methods, materials, processes and ideas and to record students own critical reflections and evaluations as they begin to look out into the arena in which they live and work. It is a multifunctional space to be exploited on a regular basis and can include and combine, as appropriate, drawing, painting, photography, collage, transcriptions, recordings, notations and commentary
This module is concerned with the formation of a coherent and productive research and development strategy. It will begin to locate emerging practice in subject areas into contemporary frameworks. As such it has an essential relationship with work produced in other core modules. Assignments and field trips will open up London as a source of limitless research potential and creativity. Emphasis will be placed upon student’s initiative, organisation, sense of perseverance and insights.
Year 0 of this extended degree consists of one level of 120 credits.
The year is made up of four modules, covering all areas relevant to the study of spatial disciplines at introductory level.
There are two design modules which run all year:
- Project: The Project module consists of design assignments which utilise the techniques acquired throughout the course
- Techniques: Techniques is a skill development module, which aims to familiarise students with a wide range of modes of making and representation. The two design-related modules are delivered through workshops and individual tutorials
There are further two subject-related modules, running on a separate day:
- Workbook: Workbook aims to advance your research and interpretation skills by providing a format for reflection and critical thinking required for the advancement of design work.
- Critical and Contextual Studies, Foundation: This module aims to introduce themes and ideas to your work which are vital to the deeper understanding of contemporary practice.
Both subject-related modules also aim to advance the study and presentation skills required at higher levels of the course.
Completion of all four modules with a pass grade will lead to automatic progression onto Year 1 of the BA course of your choice within The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
The primary pathway choices are:
Students can choose to change pathway and join one of the many courses offered within The Cass.
"Year 0 helped me release my creativity. By learning new representation techniques, now I am able to express my ideas more freely, making them more immediate than before."
Iza Sasaran (First year student)
"The course provided me with a set of tools that prepared me for a different way of thinking about my work. As a student in the third year of studying architecture I very much still look back at Year 0 as what built the foundation for the skills I possess today."
Stefan Hurrell (Third year BA Architecture student)
"Attending Year 0 was extremely helpful as I did not have any previous experience or arts qualifications. The course gave a good basis for further studies as I learned to think in a much more creative way."
Jutti Lami (Third year BA Interior Architecture student)
On completion of Year 0 you'll have the opportunity to progress directly onto Year 1 of a range of BA degree courses in art, architecture and design. Following graduation, you could find employment as a junior designer with interior design companies working in the fields of retail, leisure, office/workplace or residential design, or pursue other design-related jobs including exhibition work, retail and project management.
Alternatively, you could follow in the footsteps of other past graduates who have been successful in starting up independent design practices, securing design pitches and winning competitions.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
Applying for January 2018
You could start this course as soon as January 2018.
To begin a course starting in January you can either apply online (directly to the University – simply click the apply now button) or over the phone by calling the January hotline on .
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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Get to know our studios
Black and white photograph entitled Queen’s Lane View 9, Oxford – photo by Nikolaus Pevsner.
Photograph taken in Lower Marsh Waterloo, by Kaye Newman.
35mm photograph of a woman from the film La Jetée by Chris Marker, 1962.
Hayes neighbourhood by Josephine Kawiche, Studio 3 student in 2015/16
Photograph of people working with clay at Peoples Brick Company, part of NOW Gallery.
Image: Back with Arms Above by John Coplan
Artwork of a black square on a plain background, entitled Black Square, by Kazimir Malevich, 1915
Photograph of the Old Kent Road Mural & Industrial Architecture by Sam Brown.
Adjacent gallery rooms, Faaborg Museum, Carl Petersen
Urban development in the historic hilltop village of Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Image of the Waltham Watch Factory postcard, 1910
Photograph of architectural structures entitled The Palace of Eastminster by Kieran Thomas Wardle
Image of a educational building design.
News and success stories: Architecture
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
Art courses ranked second best in London again for student satisfaction, while the School of Computing and Digital Media's Maths course scores 10/10 for ‘Value Added’.
Two postes showing a womans face
7 December, 4–6pm
An exhibition of the latest work by 150 foundation year students at The Cass.
Visitors enjoying the 2014 Cass Summer Show
10 June - 2 July 2016
Dates have been announced for this year's Cass Summer Show art exhibitions.
Image of building at night
The Cass students build solar powered house in Colombia.
MUSARC Christmas Concert
Annual Christmas Concert by celebrated Cass Architectural Choir / Research Project sells out.
Aberrant Architecture taking the winning prize for the project at the Rosemary Works School
Congratulations to the 2015 Best Use of Colour in Commercial Architecture and Buildings winners.
a watch tower in the fields surrounded by fencing
Cass MA alumnus wins NCM/ Foyle Commission for East End Archive project
12 June - 4 July
Dates announced for Cass Summer Exhibitions 2015
An elegantly designed high rise block of flats
Friday 17 April at 7pm
The Cass presents a lecture by Tom dePaor - Picture Window
Cass Architecture student invited to exhibit in Antwerp
Jun Kim contributes to major architecture exhibit
Third year student Jun Kim contributed to a major architecture exhibition in Antwerp.
St Lorenzo church in Guarini, Italy
9-13 February 2015
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.
MUSARC Christmas Concert
Extra seats released for seasonal concert
This year's MUSARC Christmas Concert takes place on 20 December at Christchurch Spitalfields.
Exhibition of street furniture work by First Year BA Architecture Students exploring possibilities of making and collaboration
Parties everywhere at The Cass
Parties galore at The Cass for Christmas Celebrations this year, where the ingestion of art, architecture and design (...and the odd tipple) spread merriment amongst all.
Meet the team: Architecture
Date 25 Oct 2017 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
This Mini Open Day is for those who are interested in studying with us on Art, Architecture and Design subjects (see subject area list below). We know that going to university is... more
Date 16 Nov 2017 Time 5:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
This Mini Open Evening is for those who are interested in studying with us on Art, Architecture and Design subjects (see subject area list below). We know that going to university is... more
Date 25 Nov 2017 Time 11:00 AM Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
This open day is for all students interested in studying an undergraduate course at London Metropolitan University. This event is open to all subjects including art, architecture, design, life sciences,... more
Date 11 Jan 2018 Time 4:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
This open evening is for those who are interested in studying any undergraduate or postgraduate subject with us. We know that going to university is a big decision and the choices... more