Painting (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Painting (including foundation year) BA (Hons) will allow you to explore your potential in different creative practices and establish an individual direction. During the foundation year we’ll guide you to build a portfolio of work that will enable you to progress to the subsequent years of your degree.

The foundation year is also a gateway into an undergraduate degree if you don’t meet the necessary requirements for the three-year course. Following the preparatory foundation year, you’ll join students on the three-year degree and graduate with the same award and title as them.

More about this course

The foundation year on this bachelor’s degree in painting will allow you to explore the characteristics of different art disciplines and produce a substantial portfolio of high-quality work, to help you to progress to the subsequent three years of the programme. As such, the foundation year is also preparatory, as it will allow you to build a portfolio of skills and techniques that will be necessary to study at undergraduate level.

You’ll share the foundation year with others studying a degree with a foundation year at The Cass. This will be the perfect opportunity to meet a diverse range of students interested in different art disciplines. Alongside these students you’ll learn about a range of techniques and formats used across the art and design field. Creative projects in studios will be balanced with lectures and seminars in critical and contextual studies, which will frame creative practices in historical, cultural and conceptual discourse.

Following this preparatory year you’ll join students on the Painting BA (Hons) course and study the same content as them. During these subsequent three years of your studies you’ll engage in practical workshops in abstract and figurative painting. The programme will introduce you to a range of mediums and traditions, as well as to the history and theory of painting, providing a platform for you to become a skilled painter who is aware of contemporary and historical contexts.

If you’d like to change your specialism following the foundation year, there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.


There will be no examinations and you’ll be assessed via a portfolio of practical, written and illustrated work.

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UCAS code W124
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. If you live outside of 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.

Modular structure

Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical and Contextual Studies: Foundation
  • Formats
  • Project
  • Techniques

Year 1 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Art)
  • Project Work 1
  • Techniques: Fine Art
  • Visual Intelligence

Year 2 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Art) 
  • Methods and Enquiry 1
  • Professional Practice 1: Fine Art
  • Project Work 2

Year 3 modules include: 

  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Art)
  • Major Project
  • Methods and Enquiry 2
  • Professional Practice 2: Painting

After the course

On graduation you’ll have the knowledge and skills to pursue roles as an artist, curator or consultant in a range of organisations, including cultural institutions, galleries and art consultancy firms.

This bachelor’s degree will also allow you to complete further research or study at postgraduate level.

What is a degree with foundation year at The Cass?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). A foundation year at The Cass is the starting point for many of our art, architecture and design students and acts as an introduction to the wide range of creative practices explored within the University. You may join us with a clear idea of the subject you intend to study or you may use it as an opportunity to explore a number of different directions or experiment with your creativity. A foundation year degree is also a great choice 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.

Additional costs

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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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or 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.

When to apply

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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