Cass Foundation

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"Cass Foundation is a gateway to the rest of the Cass, and once you’re through it, there are many different things here. That’s one of the aspects that we make the most of; it’s a real, unique cauldron of creative practice." Chianna Roberts, Head of Cass Foundation.


Cass Foundation

The Foundation-level courses at The Cass attract a wide variety of students who produce a broad range of work and who go on to many different destinations.

There are currently four extended degrees at Foundation level at The Cass:

Within these broad subject areas and over the course of the Foundation year, you'll engage with different modes of creative practice both intensively within your own subject area and in the context of the other subject areas.

The Foundation year is about engagement, production and gaining enough direct experience to confirm your initial choice of subject area. You'll be excited, guided and tested by confronting what it actually means to be an artist, architect, fashion designer, furniture maker, jeweller, filmmaker, textile designer, interior designer, product designer, animator or graphic designer; to be a thinker and a producer.

The cross-discipline element of some projects allows you to reflect on your own practice and production in the context of others’ relationship with your area of creative practice. This comparative and contextual experience is an explicit framing that The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design offers all of its students. The majority of students at Foundation level continue to degree level at The Cass (the Foundation level offers a direct route onto the degree courses)0 while others decide to choose alternative destinations.

Almost all creative practice has an element of presenting work to a variety of audiences. Throughout the year, you'll develop different aspects of your work by presenting to fellow students, tutors, industry professionals, experienced critics and finally to the public at the end-of-year show.

"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."
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Extended Degree Courses

Recent Successes


Alpa Depani

Alpa is a practising architect and artist with a long-standing interest in the public realm and place making.

Studio tutor for Architecture BA and the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree

Manuela Barczewski


Teaches on the Architecture and Interior Design (Extended Degree).

John Cash

School of Design

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Interior Design and Foundation Year (Art and Design Extended Degree)

Aleks Catina

School of Architecture

Teaches on BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA Part 1, CCS, Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2.

John Coleman

Teaches on the Art and Design Extended Degree

Studied painting and drawing at Camberwell School of Art in the late seventies.

Andrew Cutting

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Nina Gerada

Nina Gerada is an artist and designer who lives and works in London and Malta.

Tutor on the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree and First Year Architecture Design.

Carolyn Hart

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

David Hobson

Teaches on the Art and Design Extended Degree

David Hobson trained in fine art painting, print-making and photography at Hornsey College of Art and in many ways these disciplines have supported his activity since then.

Luke Jones

Tutor on the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree

Luke is a partner at Mill & Jones, an architecture and design practice working on small projects across architecture, making, illustration and branding.

Rute Ferreira Nieto

Teaches on Extended Degree, Architecture and Interior Design

Rute Nieto Ferreira is a Portuguese architect living and working in London.

Trevor Norris

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature.

Dr Tania Lopez-Winkler

Dr Tania Lopez-Winkler is an award-winning artist and architect based in London.

Tutor on the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree

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