Our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is an alternative route into higher education if you don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the requirements to enter the traditional three-year undergraduate degree.
This four-year course has a built-in foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for academic study at undergraduate level and equip you with the skills and techniques you’ll use in workshops and studios.
You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students study the traditional three-year course.
Our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree will give you a comprehensive view into the fashion industry and its professional environments, including design, material, technology, research and consultancy.
The foundation year will focus on creative practice within historical, conceptual, cultural and contemporary contexts, while developing your key study skills including writing, research and critical analysis. You’ll learn how to ask questions regarding your field of study, find answers via information gathering and critical analysis, as well as how to present them in an academic format.
On the foundation year you’ll also be introduced to techniques used within art, fashion and design that will be necessary when you begin working in studios and workshops. You’ll learn about a range of different materials, methods and processes to create work within the broad context of art and design. There will also be opportunities to practise the techniques you’ve learned via short practical-making projects, as well as through open-ended longer projects that will focus on developing your sense of direction and a personal perspective on art, fashion and design.
During these projects you’ll get the opportunity to explore pattern designing and cutting, couture fashion, textiles, embellishments and customisation, fashion drawing and photography.
Your subsequent three years of study will focus on more in-depth study of fashion and you’ll be joined by students on the standard three-year course, studying the same content and having the same choice of modules. To find out more about your course in the subsequent three years of study visit the Fashion BA course page.
You will be assessed via a portfolio of project work and written work. There are no examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
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.
Example modules may include:
This degree was designed to widen your skills set and opportunities within the fashion industry. In Year 1 of your degree you’ll begin to develop your knowledge and understanding of the industry whilst working on real-world creative briefs set by professional bodies. There will also be opportunities to enter designated professional competitions, take part in London and Paris Fashion Week, and undertake consultancy commission projects.
On graduation you can go into a wide range of roles within the fashion industry including:
This degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study.
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.
UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.
Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.
Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.
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.
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course.
Our UCAS institution code is L68.
Visit UCAS for more details.
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6 June 2019
Annual showcase of work by graduating students from the BA (Hons) Fashion course at The Cass promises untamed imagination.
Record nominations for 3D design area in annual Student Union Awards as Simone Ten Hompel wins staff prize
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Project Red catwalk show at The Cass
The first year Fashion BA students honoured our founder with the RED Show.
Cass lecturer celebrates success for award winning luxury label Edward Crutchley
Three Journalism BA students report on the special event organised by the School of Computing and Digital Media and The Cass.
Preparations begin for first year fashion students for annual fashion show PROJECT RED
Leading designer/maker and Cass Reader in Metal Simone Ten Hompel to deliver annual Crafts Council lecture
Celebrated designer appointed as Visiting Professor at The Cass.
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.
Thursday 7 June 2018, 2pm and 6pm
The Cass Salon 2018 promises a “beautifully wrong, sublimely scandalous" live interactive installation of new fashion talent.
Students from London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Fashion designers of the future showcase their designs in third annual fashion show.