Our Fine Art BA (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is a four-year degree with an in-built foundation year that will give you the chance to explore a range of artistic directions before going on to specialise specifically in areas of fine art during your subsequent years of study.
Our foundation year course is a great route into a fine art degree, especially if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter a three-year undergraduate degree in fine art or painting.
The Cass, where our Fine Art (including foundation year) BA degree is taught, has an excellent reputation for its courses. We’re ranked fourth in the UK for art in the Guardian’s university league tables 2019.
In your foundation year you'll undertake intensive studio workshops that will allow you to develop a range of skills and techniques that you will be able to take with you into the following years of your fine art degree.
During these workshops you’ll have the opportunity to explore observational drawing, creative drawing, painting, conceptual modelling, practical making, performance, colour, materials, process, collage, composition curating, exhibiting and more. You’ll also work on interpretative projects that will enable you to establish your own artistic style and forge a clear direction.
Your tutors will introduce you to the skills and work ethic you’ll need to study fine art at undergraduate level and also encourage you to be experimental in your approach to fine art projects.
Towards the end of your foundation year, you’ll work on subject-specific projects that will strengthen your independence as an artist and allow you to further show off your creativity. You’ll also attend a series of lectures and seminars that frame creative practice within historical, contemporary, conceptual and cultural contexts.
As part of the course, you’ll have regular opportunities to present your work – both as works in progress and finished projects – to your peers and tutors. This will allow you to gain feedback on your work, hone in on your individual objectives and develop your own creative style as you progress through the course.
After your foundation year (year 0), you will study the same modules and content as students on our Fine Art BA (Hons) degree.
Fine art is a hugely broad and popular area of the arts but should you decide you want to specialise in a more specific subject following your foundation year, we will be able to facilitate this.
You will be assessed through 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.
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"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
Our Fine Art BA (including foundation year) BA degree is the ideal course if you’re planning a career in the cultural or creative industries.
The opportunities for careers are extensive, with London’s creative industries representing an estimated £42 billion of the capital’s economy.
Roles specific to fine art include artists, artists’ assistants, art technicians, exhibition and museum curators, and teachers, but a fine art degree can also open up creative roles in marketing, journalism and events management.
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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16-20 July 2019
Exhibition of work by the late David Skingle, artist and former Head of Printmaking at The Cass, opens in Gloustershire.
Cass postgraduate alumna is Assistant Curator on Golden Lion winning Lithuanian Pavilion.
23 May 2019
Cass Fine Art tutor co-curates avant garde alternative to Eurovision Song Contest.
Fine Art student awarded a fellowship and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.
10-30 May 2019
Postgraduate Fine Art alumna Claire Zakiewicz announces solo exhibition during Venice Biennale.
15 - 17 May 2019, 3-6pm
Open Field Artist in Residence Programme. Private View: 9 May, 5-8pm.
Cass foundation alumni selected for edition 12 of the prestigious Curators’ series.
Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6pm
Inaugural professorial lecture by Dr. Jos Boys.
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Various dates and locations in East London
A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.
Work by Cass Fine Art graduate Nye Thompson exhibited at The Barbican Centre and Waterman's Arts
1-21 March 2019
Exhibition by eight artists who also teach at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
Cass alumnus included in magazine's list of 100 people expected to make a difference in 2019