Our Design Studio Practice (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is the perfect choice if you’d like to study towards a design degree but you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the requirements to enter the three-year undergraduate degree.
This four-year course has a built-in foundation year (Year 0), which is a preparatory year that will give you the chance to gain skills and techniques in design that are vital for study at an undergraduate level. You will graduate with the same award and title as students who begin their studies on the three-year course.
Our Design Studio Practice (including foundation year) BA (Hons) will give you the freedom to explore all areas of design and is ideal if you don’t want to be narrowly identified as a fine artist, graphic designer or product designer.
The foundation year is designed to prepare you for an undergraduate degree in design and to identify areas where you’d like to improve, according to your needs and aspirations. You’ll work with your tutors and fellow students, as well as independently, to polish your skills in writing, research and critical analysis, which are not only vital in higher education but also in a wide range of careers.
In addition to looking at design within historical, contemporary and cultural contexts we’ll help you develop techniques including technical and creative drawing, framing, 3D and 2D composition, as well as skills for work in studios and workshops. There will be a range of short and intensive studio projects in visual imagery and practical making, followed by open-ended longer projects, to help you establish a personal perspective and a sense of artistic direction.
Your foundation year will be shared with students from our other foundation year courses, allowing you to share your ideas and see art and design from different perspectives. For inspiration you can take a look at work produced by our students on their foundation year, including Hannah Townrow, Florence White and Teo Rava.
During your subsequent three years of study you’ll be joined by students starting on the three-year course, studying the same content and having the same choice of modules. To find out more about the subsequent three years of your course visit our Design Studio Practice BA (Hons) course page. If after the foundation year you decide to specialise in a different area of art or design, there will be some flexibility to allow you to do so.
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.
If you live in the UK, you will be invited to a portfolio interview. If you live outside the UK you 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.
Example modules may include:
On graduation you’ll be equipped to pursue a career as a designer, but you’ll also possess skills to enter roles in design education, journalism or within cultural institutions.
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university 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.
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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Apply to us for September 2019
Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.
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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21-23 May 2019
Cass Furniture and Product Students exhibit project with leading designers SCP as part of Clerkenwell Design week 2019
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Celebrated designer appointed as Visiting Professor at The Cass.
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
Furniture and Product Design graduate, Mandie Beuzeval, has had a great success at the 2017 London Design Festival with her 'Great Dryer'.
Exhibition of student work and street party event at The Cass as part of London Design Festival 2017.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
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