Cass 3D

Making Matters, Private view

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.

Undergraduated courses 

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.

Related course

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’.

Cass 3D – Undergraduate courses

Design Studio Practice - BA (Hons)

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.

Fashion - BA (Hons)

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.

Fashion Accessories and Jewellery - BA (Hons)

The Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA (Hons) degree is a creative course, perfect if you have a passion for adornment and want to make it an exciting career.

Fashion and Textiles Extended Degree (with Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

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.

Recent Successes


Vanja Bazdulj

Projects Coordinator, Cass Projects

Teaching in 3D studio Harvest (Furniture and Product Design) with Peter Marigold and Christopher Emmett.

Christopher Emmett

Head of Design

His ten years of experience in Japan shaped much of his thinking and approach to design.

Marianne Forrest

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.

Peter Marigold

Teaches on Furniture and Product Design at The Cass.

Creator of innovative new product FORMcard.

Gina Pierce

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.

Simone ten Hompel

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.

Heidi Yeo

Senior lecturer for Jewellery and Silversmithing BA (Hons).

After graduating Heidi Yeo established a successful international jewellery practice working with such clients as Guggenheim Museum NY, MoMA San Francisco, The Royal Academy, Aquascutum and Selfridges in London.

Recent news from The Cass