At The Cass and in 3D particularly, the design and production of objects exploits your creativity through research-active practical projects in which final objects are informed by the both the requirements of industry and your ambition and talents as a designer and maker.
In all of our courses, creativity is an academic attribute that is expressed by physical manifestations of material output -in other words by making things intelligently through an enquiring and experimental approach. We believe that there is no substitute for the direct experience of making your designs for real, with professional and industry-standard materials, processes and equipment, which is what you will do. At the Cass, you will not spend your time watching others, or commissioning others to make your designs, you will make them yourself, and we are well equipped for you to do so.
Our courses consist of practical studio and workshop based making, in conjunction with design methods, communication techniques and contextual studies enabling a well-rounded practice. All levels include live projects where final presentations give you experience in a stimulating, real-world environment. These opportunities to interact with industry leaders are invaluable in the development of engaged professional practice within the University.
Furniture & Product Design BA and Furniture FdA involve you in a range of design and make methods from the starting point of concept generation, expressed through drawing and modelling, to final construction – utilising our industry-quality studios and workshops. We challenge the essence of furniture and products in the broadest sense, with industry projects helping develop the cultural context of furniture and its applications. The results are objects that span a broad range: domestic and corporate, interior and exterior, traditional and radical, practical and conceptual.
Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA is an energetic and creative course for students who have a passion for adornment and want to make it an exciting career. You will undertake a range of experimental projects developing accessories such as eyewear, handbags, watches, belts, jewellery and even medical aids such as ear wear and decorative prosthetics for performance. Consider the body as the theatre to show off your work with your final show as the start of your future as a broad-based creative practitioner offering a new approach to accessories and jewellery.
Textile Design BA is central to the worlds of fashion, products and interiors; exploring the field with individual creativity through visual research, design and textile making. Practical sessions entail workshop learning with projects in print, weave, knit and mixed media, using technological and traditional methods of design production in integrated studio and workshop projects. You will engage in live projects, competitions, visit trade events and commercial locations to ensure familiarity with how the industry operates, and to enable preparation for a successful career launch.
Fashion BA forges an intellectual and conceptual engagement with cultures in the haute couture fashion houses of Paris, London, Milan and New York. You will engage very quickly with the realities of producing a show collection and develop a broad range of skills in the first two years leading towards your final major project catwalk show. Tutors are professionals in the industry themselves, have a wealth of contacts that enrich student experience, ensuring that our graduates can negotiate the competitive world of fashion.
Design Studio Practice BA at The Cass allows you the freedom to explore a wide range of design thinking and material culture. Based in product design, this course explores interlinking and overlapping disciplines, and enables opportunities for collaborative working with practitioners from architects to textile designers. We challenge old forms of use and purpose; enhancing and encouraging the clever and articulate application of both form and function. The course is for those who want to work in 3D, but do not want to be pigeonholed as any specific sort of designer, but rather want to be able to apply their own unique approach and sensibility to commissions or projects of many kinds.
At The Cass we are renowned for producing thoughtful skill-based expertise and high-quality subject-specific craft practice. Our multi-disciplinary design studio environment exposes you to alternative ‘process’ methodologies, a broad range of technical workshops (both traditional and digital) and an educational philosophy that commands innovation in both design excellence and final outcome. Our watchword is "learning through making".
Studio 3D 01: London Plain
Cathy Stack, Peter Marigold and Will Smith
London is far from plain. What makes something special? What makes something different and more desirable than something else?
Studio 3D 02: The Asylum
Steph Aman, Roisin Dunne, Karen Coughlan, James Hunting
"The lunatics have taken over the asylum", Fun Boy Three
Studio 3D 03: The Lab
Steph Aman, Roisin Dunne, Karen Coughlan, James Hunting
“I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos, which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature’s performance”. Iris Van Herpen
Studio 3D 04: Respect
James Hunting, Gina Pierce, Heidi Yeo, Sam Wingate
This studio has at its heart the need for engagement, a questioning mind, a desire to experiment, a willingness to make mistakes in order to learn and an integration of reflective practice within each experience.
Studio 3D 05: Unravelled
Karen Coughlan, Sam Wingate, Marianne Forrest, Simone Ten Hompel
We as a studio fervently believe great design requires great understanding. Our aim will be to untangle, demystify and decipher the extremely complex and ever changing world of design. Thus providing you, our students with the most realistic and industry-ready educational experience.
Cass 3D – Undergraduate courses
Fashion Accessories and Jewellery - BA (Hons)
The Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA (Hons) degree is a creative course, perfect if you have a passion for adornment and want to make it an exciting career.
Furniture - FdA
The Furniture foundation degree offers you the opportunity to learn how to make contemporary furniture.
Furniture and Product Design - BA (Hons)
The Furniture and Product Design BA degree is taught by The Cass, which has a rich history as the former London College of Furniture.
Interior Design - BA (Hons)
You'll work with major design practices and clients on live projects and study all aspects of interior design - from traditional drawing methods to state-of the-art graphics packages and emerging concepts.
Projects Coordinator, Cass Projects
Teaching in 3D studio Harvest (Furniture and Product Design) with Peter Marigold and Christopher Emmett.
Kelvin J. Birk
Jewellery as well as larger objects, mainly in silver and gold and crushed gemstones
Trained as a Gold and Silversmith in Germany and England and set up a studio in London in 1998.
Teaches on the BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing courses
Twenty five years of experience has enabled him to accumulate knowledge from technology research, film, TV, theatre and computer games production, academia, luxury and fashion.
Teaches on Furniture and Product Design at The Cass.
Creator of innovative new product FORMcard.
Teaches on the BA (Hons) Textile Design
Gina Pierce's work seeks to celebrate the very small, the overlooked, neglected and forgotten details of everyday life and our surroundings.
Simone ten Hompel
Reader in Metal, and joint studio leader for 'All the Ingredients', senior lecturer on the MA by Project and PhD supervisor.
As a practicing metalworker, Simone has contributed to numerous group exhibitions around the world and presented her work in solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally.
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Simone Ten Hompel wins Glenmorangie Commission
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Acts of Resistance
15 October - 9 November 2018
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Cass alumnus wins London Festival of Architecture award
Cass alumnus Yinka Illori wins second London Festival of Architecture award.
Fielding Talk 2018
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Venice Fellowship 2018
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Cass Furniture alumni Matteo Pacella and Philippine Hamen present new furniture collection as part of London Design Festival 2018
Peter Marigold becomes Visiting Professor
Celebrated designer appointed as Visiting Professor at The Cass.
The Cass Session 4 is published
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.