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Fashion and Textiles 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 fashion or textiles 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.

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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 fashion and textiles. During these subject-specific projects you’ll have the opportunity to explore pattern designing and cutting; making, styling and creative direction; recycling, embellishment and customisation; craft, bespoke and couture fashion; woven, constructed and printed textiles; and fashion drawing and photography.

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 fashion or textiles 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.


During your foundation year you'll be assessed through a combination of project work, essays and an individual portfolio. How you are assessed throughout the rest of the course depends on your pathway choice at the end of Year 0. 

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.

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 2018/19 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Year 0 (Level 3) modules

Four broad modules run throughout the year:

  • Project
  • Techniques
  • Workbook
  • Critical and Contextual Studies

These are closely related and delivered through three stages of development. These stages are:

Stage one

Short, diverse and intensive practical projects and workshops delivered across a range of 2D, 3D and media / IT contexts. This could include drawing from observation, painting, printmaking, sketching, technical drawing, digital software.

This stage will also feature material experimentation, model making, prototyping and artefact production using photography, film and related digital media.

Projects will help you find your area of interest, build a work ethic and help you experiment with materials and methods.

The Workbook module will teach you to reflect on your work, understand your areas for development and give you research skills. 

Critical and Contextual Studies will help you to understand the historical and cultural factors affecting the industry and will give you the chance to develop your academic study skills.

Stage two

During this stage you’ll undertake longer projects with more freedom, giving you scope to reinforce your learning from stage one. This will help you develop perspective on your own work and decide the direction you want to move in.

You’ll choose the techniques you learn in the workshop, so you can start to move in the direction you want to specialise in. 

Critical and Contextual Studies introduces contemporary ideas and debates, key names and texts. Studies at this stage include oral presentations in oral as well as written work, helping you develop professional skills.

Stage three

By now you’ll be becoming self-motivated, independent and dedicated to developing within a specialism.

You will use learning from all four modules and will prepare a portfolio of work.

Modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 are determined by the pathway choice following completion of Level 3 (Year 0). Pathway choices include:

"The teachers are specialists in what they teach so it has been great learning from such experts." 
Former Student

"Studio culture has transformed the experience for me, I really appreciate the chance to explore what my practice may be when I graduate. Teaching staff have been excellent, giving me just enough freedom to explore, but not get too lost! Excellent facilities. Excellent technicians." 
Former Student

"Encouraged creativity and confidence, I am much better at communicating as a result and feel more ready to launch into a professional environment. Great access to tutors who are as helpful as possible, and give good feedback." 
Former Student

The opportunities for careers are extensive. One out of every 12 jobs in the UK is in the creative sector, with employment growing faster here than in the rest of the economy.

Graduates of this extended degree course have gone into careers in art, craft or design fields or the cultural and creative industries. Graduates have found employment at companies such as Harrods and Timberland, and some of the job titles for graduates have included textile designer, fashion editor and studio assistant.

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

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

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.

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