Art and 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 art or 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 art and design. During these subject-specific projects you’ll have the opportunity to explore observational drawing, creative drawing, conceptual modeling, practical making, performance, colour, materials, process, collage, composition curating, exhibiting and more.
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 art or 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 are assessed via project work, essays and an individual portfolio.
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 will need to take the University English test
You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. 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.
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 consists of one level worth 120 credits. Successful completion of this foundation year will give you the skills and portfolio required for entry onto one of our specialist undergraduate degrees.
Year 0 (Level 3) modules:
Four broad modules run throughout the year:
- Critical and Contextual Studies
These are closely related and delivered through three stages of development.
Stage one of Year 0 will involve short, diverse and intensive practical projects and workshops delivered across a range of 2D and 3D contexts. This includes, as appropriate, drawing from observation and design, painting, printmaking, typography and illustration. It also features model making and 3D crafting for sculptural and design purposes, photography and related digital media. Projects focuses on introducing work ethic, experimentation and open mindedness and allows for initial testing and confirmation of your area of interest. Workbook introduces reflective practice and personal development as well as basic research strategies, while critical and contextual studies introduces the historical and cultural context of recent subject practice and gives guidance and support to articulate yourself in spoken and written form.
Stage two of Year 0 involves open ended, interpretive and longer projects that allow for the application, reinforcement and development of effective practices from Stage 1 and the establishment of a personal perspective and sense of direction. Workshop techniques are elective and subject specific and include introductions to the department’s undergraduate provision. Workbook employs London as a resource, develops research skills and subject area knowledge and helps you develop a sense of independence and ownership of work. Critical and contextual studies introduces contemporary ideas and debates, key names and texts and includes presentations in oral as well as written form.
Stage three of Year 0 involves major, subject specific projects that reinforce independence and personal commitment and allow for the development of self-motivated, innovative, enquiry based project work within a principal area of specialisation. Techniques, workbook and critical and contextual studies form the skills, subject area knowledge and research and development background required for the project. All four modules dovetail with the organisation and preparation of the portfolio of work, the workbook and the curation of your own exhibition.
Topics include: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, illustration, furniture, 3D design, textiles, fashion, animation, film and more.
"I chose London Met because it was one of the few universities with a good diagnostic foundation year. The course is demanding but well worth the effort. There is strong support from the teaching team and excellent technical support. Most of my year progressed into the university’s undergraduate courses."
National Student Survey
"My current project started with an assignment based around the campus. To get started, I toured the building and documented surfaces, textures and things I found visually interesting. The freedom to develop my project how I want has given me a chance to make my work original. It has been challenging, but has given me confidence and independence in my way of working."
"Thanks to my tutors - and a bit of hard work - I can now say that the months I have spent at The Cass are the very beginning of my career as a designer. Understanding the process of design and being able to evaluate my work in a critical way helped me explore creative alternatives, and I was able to bring them to life thanks to the technicians and workshops facilities."
The course is suitable for anyone planning a career in art and design fields or the cultural and creative industries. The career opportunities available to you depend on the specialist undergraduate degree that you go on to study, however possible career options include artist, curator, art critic, art journalist, graphic designer or illustrator. Former graduates have also gone on to have successful careers as art event organisers, photographers, video producers, studio managers, art teachers, art therapists and lecturers. Former graduates include Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood and John Cecil Stephenson.
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.
- outstanding vibrant and cultural London location
- automatic progression to your choice of degree course (no need to apply again)
- bursaries and support for eligible students studying extended degrees
- a University environment that means working alongside degree students, excellent workshops and facilities, visiting speakers and practitioners
- a dedicated and experienced course team offering a high level of support and guidance
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 apply directly to the University online (simply click the apply now button), make an application via UCAS or call our 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 from 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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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.
Solo exhibition by Cass Fine Art alumna on memory, nostalgia, myth and narrative.
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’.
Art and Design at The Cass jumps 24 places overall in the 2017 Complete University Guide and places fifth in London for graduate prospects.
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.
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
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.
Thursday, 15 January, 1pm in CR1-01
SAM will be coming next week to demo their wireless widgets: THursday, 15 January, 1pm
Image credit: Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Preparatory collage for Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows
'Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows'
'Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows', a newly commissioned sculptural installation and performance by Pil and Galia Kollectiv
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.
Barbara and Henry- The Musical
Fine art lecturer collaborates on musical
Cass Fine art lecturer Mel Brimfield collaborates on musical about imaginary relationship between Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth
A shelving system with items on
The Cass Fine Art show at Christmas
On Thursday, 18 December, from 5.00 pm until 8.30 pm, on the 2nd floor of Central House at The Cass, art students will put together a giant 'shop' in one week for a pop-up show.
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
Date 7 Feb 2018 Time 4:00 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