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At The Cass and in 3D particularly, the design and production of objects exploits your creativity through research-active practical projects in which final objects are informed by the both the requirements of industry and your ambition and talents as a designer and maker.
In all of our courses, creativity is an academic attribute that is expressed by physical manifestations of material output -in other words by making things intelligently through an enquiring and experimental approach. We believe that there is no substitute for the direct experience of making your designs for real, with professional and industry-standard materials, processes and equipment, which is what you will do. At the Cass, you will not spend your time watching others, or commissioning others to make your designs, you will make them yourself, and we are well equipped for you to do so.
Our courses consist of practical studio and workshop based making, in conjunction with design methods, communication techniques and contextual studies enabling a well-rounded practice. All levels include live projects where final presentations give you experience in a stimulating, real-world environment. These opportunities to interact with industry leaders are invaluable in the development of engaged professional practice within the university.
Furniture & Product Design BA and Furniture FdA involve you in a range of design and make methods from the starting point of concept generation, expressed through drawing and modelling, to final construction – utilising our industry-quality studios and workshops. We challenge the essence of furniture and products in the broadest sense, with industry projects helping develop the cultural context of furniture and its applications. The results are objects that span a broad range: domestic and corporate, interior and exterior, traditional and radical, practical and conceptual.
Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA is an energetic and creative course for students who have a passion for adornment and want to make it an exciting career. You will undertake a range of experimental projects developing accessories such as eyewear, handbags, watches, belts, jewellery and even medical aids such as ear wear and decorative prosthetics for performance. Consider the body as the theatre to show off your work with your final show as the start of your future as a broad-based creative practitioner offering a new approach to accessories and jewellery.
Textile Design BA is central to the worlds of fashion, products and interiors; exploring the field with individual creativity through visual research, design and textile making. Practical sessions entail workshop learning with projects in print, weave, knit and mixed media, using technological and traditional methods of design production in integrated studio and workshop projects. You will engage in live projects, competitions, visit trade events and commercial locations to ensure familiarity with how the industry operates, and to enable preparation for a successful career launch.
Fashion BA forges an intellectual and conceptual engagement with cultures in the haute couture fashion houses of Paris, London, Milan and New York. You will engage very quickly with the realities of producing a show collection and develop a broad range of skills in the first two years leading towards your final major project catwalk show. Tutors are professionals in the industry themselves, have a wealth of contacts that enrich student experience, ensuring that our graduates can negotiate the competitive world of fashion.
Design Studio Practice BA at The Cass allows you the freedom to explore a wide range of design thinking and material culture. Based in product design, this course explores interlinking and overlapping disciplines, and enables opportunities for collaborative working with practitioners from architects to textile designers. We challenge old forms of use and purpose; enhancing and encouraging the clever and articulate application of both form and function. The course is for those who want to work in 3D, but do not want to be pigeonholed as any specific sort of designer, but rather want to be able to apply their own unique approach and sensibility to commissions or projects of many kinds.
Material and Visual Culture BA combines the study, practice and curation of design, craft, art and applied arts. Innovative and inter-disciplinary it explores the objects, artefacts and images with which we surround ourselves; helping to shape our cultural and personal identities. It is in the forefront of new ways of thinking about how people and the things that make up their environment interact with and affect each other. Unlike most courses that study art or visual culture, this course does not privilege any one class or quality of artefact over another – any object from a painting to a dress to a postcard can reveal valuable insights into society and its cultures. Uniquely the course asks you to work with objects that you have made, or own, or have borrowed or identified in archives and collections, to reveal the different qualities or meanings that they may have, or may be made to have by your curation or interpretation. You will graduate not only knowing a great deal about our material and visual culture and its interpretation but also having real world skills in the use and practical application of this knowledge. You will develop your curatorial and publishing skills, presenting your findings and ideas in innovative formats. In the final year you will work on an independent project, designing and managing your own research programme and presenting it in your choice of format, such as a book, film, website, installation or exhibition.
At The Cass we are renowned for producing thoughtful skill-based expertise and high-quality subject-specific craft practice. Our multi-disciplinary design studio environment exposes you to alternative ‘process’ methodologies, a broad range of technical workshops (both traditional and digital) and an educational philosophy that commands innovation in both design excellence and final outcome. Our watchword is "learning through making".
Cathy Stack, Peter Marigold (Studio Leaders) and Will Smith
We feel that designers should emerge from our studios with a broad range of skills that equip them for the complex reality that creative people face.
Steph Aman, Marta Jakubowski, Fumi Kimura and Karen Coughlan
Studio Scandalous will be the foundation for creating the unimaginable, provoking questions and creating concepts.
Adam Entwistle, Steph Aman, Marta Jakubowski, Fumi Kimura and Karen Coughlan
Studio Elixir is about the skills and craftsmanship used in the creative industries – design and creativity will come to these elements from the focal point of craftsmanship
Heidi Yeo, Simone ten Hompel and Adi Toch
Studio 4 offers you the opportunity to make new works, creating a context for you to originate, explore and interpret ideas.
James Hunting, Gina Pierce and Sam Wingate
Studio 5 will offer you the opportunity to explore, investigate, respond and reflect on who you are and what you want to say.
Karen Coughlan, Sam Wingate, Claire Whelan, Lisa Bloomer and Gina Pierce
In Studio 6 we invite you to form a deeper understanding of the design industry and what it really means to be a working designer today. To be part of a new way of living, thinking, being.
Cass 3D – Undergraduate courses
The Design Studio Practice BA explores the rich cross-disciplinary territory where design encompasses art, product design, installation, interior design, visual communication and other fields of creative practice in material culture that engage with the making of artefacts.
You'll work with industry experts and real clients on live briefs during this hands-on degree, to develop all the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to succeed in the fashion industry.
Explore a wide range of creative subjects on this fashion and textiles extended degree, which begins with a foundation year to prepare you for undergraduate study.
The Furniture foundation degree offers you the opportunity to learn how to make contemporary furniture.
You'll work with major design practices and clients on live projects and study all aspects of interior design - from traditional drawing methods to state-of the-art graphics packages and emerging concepts.
This lively and creative course encourages you to explore the industry and apply your skills and ideas to visual research, design and textile making.
Projects Coordinator, Cass Projects
Teaching in 3D studio Harvest (Furniture and Product Design) with Peter Marigold and Christopher Emmett.
Jewellery as well as larger objects, mainly in silver and gold and crushed gemstones
Trained as a Gold and Silversmith in Germany and England and set up a studio in London in 1998.
Teaches on the BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing courses
Twenty five years of experience has enabled him to accumulate knowledge from technology research, film, TV, theatre and computer games production, academia, luxury and fashion.
Head of Design
His ten years of experience in Japan shaped much of his thinking and approach to design.
Head of Cass 3D and course leader for Jewellery and Silversmithing BA (Hons), and Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA (Hons).
Developed an international reputation as a designer and maker of timepieces from the smallest wristwatch to huge pieces for town centres and public buildings.
Pete works in G25 the Woodmill at Commercial Road.
Teaches on Furniture and Product Design at The Cass.
Creator of innovative new product FORMcard.
Teaches on the BA (Hons) Textile Design
Gina Pierce's work seeks to celebrate the very small, the overlooked, neglected and forgotten details of everyday life and our surroundings.
Reader in Metal, and joint studio leader for 'All the Ingredients', senior lecturer on the MA by Project and PhD supervisor.
As a practicing metalworker, Simone has contributed to numerous group exhibitions around the world and presented her work in solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally.
Teaches on BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing studios
Working under the name of Mr Wingate, Sam produces a range of products for the home including hand printed textiles and fine bone china.
Recent news from The Cass
Simone ten Hompel features in new book celebrating thirty years of innovative artist-in-residence programme.
Work by Cass Textile design student is manufactured in India and exhibited in Germany and New York following competition success.
Collect Open: 27 February 2018
The Cass will be presenting the second in its series of public lectures on contemporary design on 20 February at 6:30pm.
Fashion designers of the future showcase their designs in third annual fashion show.
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of invited critics.
Paulina Glimas among exhibiting artists
Artwork by Cass students will be displayed in the University's Holloway buildings, enlivening the area and providing inspiration to undergraduates.
London Met celebrates upholstery awards
Upholstery students honoured at June awards presentation at London Met's Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.
Free set design workshop at the Geffrye Museum of the Home for year 12/13 students.
Alexander Mueller has won free exhibition space at the 2016 DMY International Design Festival Berlin.
10 June - 2 July 2016
Dates have been announced for this year's Cass Summer Show art exhibitions.
The Cass jewellery students' Valentine’s offerings are on show at Contemporary Applied Arts.
Cass alumna exhibits at the V&A.
18 - 24 February
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.
Cass graduates become beneficiaries of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers new scholarship fund.