Cass Foundation

'Shoes' by Wilma Kairyte - Art, Media and Design Extended Degree, 2017

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.

"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."
National Student Survey

Extended Degree Courses

Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

This architecture and interior design extended degree begins with a foundation year, which introduces the skills and techniques you need for undergraduate study.

Art and Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

On this art and design extended degree you'll explore a range of subjects during an initial foundation year, developing the skills required for undergraduate study.

Fashion and Textiles Extended Degree (with Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

Explore a wide range of creative subjects on this fashion and textiles extended degree, which begins with a foundation year to prepare you for undergraduate study.

Recent Successes


Manuela Barczewski


Teaches on the Architecture and Interior Design (Extended Degree).

John Cash

School of Design

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Interior Design and Foundation Year (Art and Design Extended Degree)

Aleks Catina

School of Architecture

Teaches on BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA Part 1, CCS, Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2.

John Coleman

Teaches on the Art and Design Extended Degree

Studied painting and drawing at Camberwell School of Art in the late seventies.

Andrew Cutting

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Alpa Depani

Alpa is a practising architect and artist with a long-standing interest in the public realm and place making.

Studio tutor for Architecture BA and the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree

Nina Gerada

Nina Gerada is an artist and designer who lives and works in London and Malta.

Tutor on the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree and First Year Architecture Design.

Carolyn Hart

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

David Hobson

Teaches on the Art and Design Extended Degree

David Hobson trained in fine art painting, print-making and photography at Hornsey College of Art and in many ways these disciplines have supported his activity since then.

Luke Jones

Tutor on the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree

Luke is a partner at Mill & Jones, an architecture and design practice working on small projects across architecture, making, illustration and branding.

Dr Tania Lopez-Winkler

Dr Tania Lopez-Winkler is an award-winning artist and architect based in London.

Tutor on the Architecture and Interior Design Extended Degree

Rute Ferreira Nieto

Teaches on Extended Degree, Architecture and Interior Design

Rute Nieto Ferreira is a Portuguese architect living and working in London.

Trevor Norris

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature.

Claire Whelan

Claire is a textiles technician with the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Recent news from The Cass

Where We Are Now

7 December, 4–6pm

An exhibition of the latest work by 150 foundation year students at The Cass.

Project Oracle to be launched as a charity at London Met

The organisation’s application to become a charity was approved earlier this year and will be launched as a charity next month.

The Cass Session 2015-16

The second annual yearbook which celebrates the eclectic work of our students.

London Met's Theatre and Performance students in Paris for a method acting masterclass

The Theatre and Performance Practice BA continues to foster exciting collaborations with the international industry.

Student cheerleader’s bows prove international hit

Sophie Holden, a BA Fashion student at The Cass, is exporting her cheerleading accessories to Europe and the US.

London Met graduate's poetry in Beyoncé's new visual album, Lemonade

Poetry by London Met graduate features in Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade.

London Met students in St George's Day Nature Extravaganza

A hardworking small group of individuals came together on Saturday 23 April to create a beautiful family and environmentally friendly area full of joy and positivity.

Celebration Week 2016

18 - 24 February

Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.

Celebration Week 2015

9-13 February 2015

Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.

Cass Working Lunch: All the creative practice you can eat!

Every Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 1pm–2pm

Explore contemporary professional working methods and the creative friction of shifting disciplinary boundaries. All welcome!

Danny Bright: Composing with Sound and Site

FLASH/FWD talk: Danny Bright

Second in the series of FLASH/FWD talks by well exhibited sound artist: Danny Bright.

SAM Labs visit

Thursday, 15 January, 1pm in CR1-01

SAM will be coming next week to demo their wireless widgets: THursday, 15 January, 1pm


The Cass Fine Art show at Christmas

On Thursday, 18 December, from 5.00 pm until 8.30 pm, on the 2nd floor of Central House at The Cass, art students will put together a giant 'shop' in one week for a pop-up show.


A display of Foundation Year students' work

Work from last week's project on the Art and Design Extended Degree (Foundation Year) will be on display in the boulevard on the third floor, Central House.