This four-year degree course includes an intensive foundation year (Year 0), which will enable you to progress onto one of our art or design undergraduate degree courses at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass). It is both preparatory and diagnostic, allowing you to explore a number of different directions prior to choosing a specialism at the end of the year. It will also provide you with the skills required for your subsequent three years of study.
As a start you’ll undertake a broad range of short studio and workshop projects in visual imagery and practical making. These will help you to develop techniques that are common across all of our foundation year courses and introduce you to a work ethic of experimentation and open-mindedness. Following this you will approach open-ended, interpretive projects that will help you to establish a personal perspective and sense of direction.
All of our foundation year programmes allow you to develop techniques in:
During your subject-specific projects you’ll also have the opportunity to explore:
Your lectures and seminars will frame the creative practice within historical, contemporary, conceptual and cultural contexts.
Throughout the course you’ll present work-in-progress and finished projects to peers and tutors on a regular basis, which will prepare you for the public exhibition at the end of year. This will be a chance for 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 onto one of The Cass’s art or design undergraduate degree courses. This introductory year will also see you develop into a confident, creative and socially-engaged practitioner, and you’ll continue into your chosen field of study equipped with the skills to make more informed decisions about your own work within its specific context.
Once you have progressed onto the three-year course after the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content as those who take the three-year course. On completion of your chosen degree course you’ll graduate with the same title and award as those who undertook the same traditional three-year degree without the foundation year.
You will be assessed via project work, essays and an individual portfolio.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 0 modules include:
"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."
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 wanted 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 workshop facilities."
The course is suitable for anyone planning a career in art and design and the cultural and creative industries. Please see the career opportunities under the various relevant undergraduate degree courses on to which you can progress.
The opportunities for careers are extensive - one out of every 12 jobs in the UK is in the creative sectors, with employment growing faster here than in the rest of the economy.
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into a university degree if you want to explore your options in a general field, but need more time to discover which particular degree path will best suit you. It is also an ideal option if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.
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Start your course in January
You don't have to wait until September to start this course at London Met – why not start in January?
If you're a UK or EU student, you can simply call our January hotline on or complete our fast-track online application form.
If you're an international student, you'll need to complete our standard online application using the "Apply direct" button.
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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.
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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Friday 13 December 2019
Student-led winter fashion event at The Cass.
Thursday 12 December 2019, 5pm to 8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity- and charity fundraiser auction.
Friday 6 December 2019
Cass design students sell their work at annual winter fair.
Jacek Scarso's new multimedia installation 'The Pecking Order' is a ‘playful and absurdist’ multimedia experience.
Saturday 7 December 2019
Annual performance by architectural choir/ research group based at The Cass will form part of the London Contemporary Music Festival.
The Novaya Zemlya consortium saw off competition from around the globe thanks to their ‘human-centred’ plans to create a compact city.
25-29 November 2019
Festival of employment brings students and creative industry professionals together.
Director and Cass alumna directs the second half of series two of the acclaimed drama.
Thursday 21 November 6.30pm
Leading photographer Laura Pannack will speak about her personal projects at an event organised with London Independent Photographers.
Pierre d’Avoine, an Architecture tutor, is launching his new book in the Netherlands during Dutch Design Week 2019
Cass architecture alumnus Tarn Philipp will be sharing his insights at a special event organised by The Anglo-Ethiopian Society on Tuesday 12 November.
MArch alumna Jess Philips a piece exploring the Becontree Estate for ‘We’ve Got This: ethics, public service and art’
Cass lecturer Nick Haeffner retires from University to resume life as a cult recording artist over 30 years since his acclaimed debut album.