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 won't spend your time watching others, or commissioning others to make your designs – you'll make them yourself, and we're 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 and 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'll 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.
Textiles - 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'll be taking part in live projects, competitions, visiting trade events and commercial locations to ensure you're familiar with how the industry operates, and to prepare you for a successful career.
Fashion - BA (Hons) 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 your experience, ensuring that our graduates can negotiate the competitive world of fashion.
Design Studio Practice - BA (Hons) 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: Stock Take
Cathy Stack (studio Lead), Will Smith and Peter Marigold
London is far from plain. What makes something special? What makes something different and more desirable than something else?
Studio 3D 02: Engage = React
James Hunting, Claire Whelan, Sam Wingate, Gina Pierce and Marianne Forrest
It is your future, professionally, socially and culturally. How is the work you produce going to help you shape this? The question should never be…’is this enough?’ It should be ‘ do I feel I have done enough’ and ‘does this situate my work where I want to it to be?’
Studio 3D 03: Black Mountain
Karen Coughlan (Studio Lead), Claire Whelan, Sam Wingate, Gina Pierce and Simone ten Hompel
Following in the footsteps of John Andrew Rice's legendary Black Mountain College, famous for the schools notable faculty and students alike and Influencing countless future generations of artists, creative minds and educators.
Studio 3D 04: Evocative Objects
Marianne Forrest, Simone ten Hompel and Heidi Yeo
The ingredients are in your hands. To create an authentically new mix requires a discussion with yourself and others about the tensions between the body as the canvas and the messages you send.
Studio 3D 05: FRUIT MACHINE
Steph Aman (Studio Lead), Roisin Dunne, Theresa Hewlett, Jolanta Cerniauskiene and Marianne Forrest
This is a space to let rip and live big! Dream no longer, here imagination knows no bounds. Experiment and make new discoveries, explore what it means to be free and alive; passion and fear are all key ingredients for this fruit salad.
Cass 3D – Undergraduate courses
Design Studio Practice - BA (Hons)
The Design Studio Practice BA explores the rich cross-disciplinary territory where design encompasses art, product design, installation, interior design, visual communication and other fields of creative practice in material culture that engage with the making of artefacts.
Fashion - BA (Hons)
You'll work with industry experts and real clients on live briefs during this hands-on degree, to develop all the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to succeed in the fashion industry.
Furniture - FdA
The Furniture foundation degree offers you the opportunity to learn how to make contemporary furniture.
News from The Cass
EVENT: The Cass Cracker 2019
Thursday 12 December 2019, 5pm to 8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity- and charity fundraiser auction.
EVENT: White, Reveal the Colour
Friday 13 December 2019
Student-led winter fashion event at The Cass.
EVENT: Aldgate Winter Fair and Lantern Parade
Friday 6 December 2019
Cass design students sell their work at annual winter fair.
EVENT: Silversmiths 'scaling up' at The Goldsmiths' Centre
Cass lecturer Marianne Forrest joins a panel of experts to advise how the work of silversmiths, jewellers and creative practitioners can be adapted for larger work.
Alumni show: On Growth and Form
14-22 September 2019
Cass Furniture and Product design alumni present group show as part of London Design Festival
Cass alumnus included in Design Fresh new talent showcase.
Furniture and Product Design graduate Anton Mikkonen features in high profile showcase curated by design editor of Evening Standard.
Glenmorangie Annual Lecture
Cass Reader Simone Ten Hompel to deliver high profile talk at National Museums Scotland
Cass Furniture and Product Design graduate crowdfunds to support creative classes for vulnerable adults with their Haus Of business.
BOXED at BDP
21-23 May 2019
Cass Furniture and Product Students exhibit project with leading designers SCP as part of Clerkenwell Design week 2019
Wild Souls: The Cass Fashion Salon 2019
6 June 2019
Annual showcase of work by graduating students from the BA (Hons) Fashion course at The Cass promises untamed imagination.
Three dimensional success!
Record nominations for 3D design area in annual Student Union Awards as Simone Ten Hompel wins staff prize
Alumnus in Makers Showcase
8-12 May 2019
Furniture and Product Design graduate Ray G Brown exhibits product as part of London Craft Week.
Cass Summer Shows 2019 – dates announced
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Project Red 2019
Project Red catwalk show at The Cass
The first year Fashion BA students honoured our founder with the RED Show.