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 GCSE 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.
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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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
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.
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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166-220 Holloway Road
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Old Castle Street
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166-220 Holloway Road
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16 Goulston Street
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