Cass Foundation

Cass Foundation

The Foundation-level courses at The Cass attract a wide variety of students who produce a broad range of work and who go on to many different destinations.

There are currently four extended degrees at Foundation level at The Cass:

Within these broad subject areas and over the course of the Foundation year, you'll engage with different modes of creative practice both intensively within your own subject area and in the context of the other subject areas.

The Foundation year is about engagement, production and gaining enough direct experience to confirm your initial choice of subject area. You'll be excited, guided and tested by confronting what it actually means to be an artist, architect, fashion designer, furniture maker, jeweller, filmmaker, textile designer, interior designer, product designer, animator or graphic designer; to be a thinker and a producer.

The cross-discipline element of some projects allows you to reflect on your own practice and production in the context of others’ relationship with your area of creative practice. This comparative and contextual experience is an explicit framing that The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design offers all of its students. The majority of students at Foundation level continue to degree level at The Cass (the Foundation level offers a direct route onto the degree courses) while others decide to choose alternative destinations.

Almost all creative practice has an element of presenting work to a variety of audiences. Throughout the year, you'll develop different aspects of your work by presenting to fellow students, tutors, industry professionals, experienced critics and finally to the public at the end-of-year show.

'Shoes' by Wilma Kairyte

"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."
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