Cass Visual Communication
Cass Visual Communication has a respect for craft, for making and for the heritage of the tools we use to create; but it also has a future-facing ideology using digital technologies to create work of integrity, value and agency. Our facilities are unique. You can work in traditional technologies such as:
- letterpress in order to understand the principles of typography and digital design
- motion graphics
- interactive design
- experiential design
We continue to teach drawing as a core skill and seek to collaborate with other discipline areas. Our Cass Works facilities mean that you can access 2D and 3D making workshops ranging from screen printing, laser cutting, 3D printing, to ceramics; offering a range of making possibilities unlike any other Visual Communication department in the UK. We carefully consider the commercial world that our graduates will enter and ensure that you become independent and adaptable professionals with core skills that enable a life-long career in the creative industries.
Graphic Design BA and Illustration and Animation BA employ leading experts in the field to provide you with the right skills and attributes to enter the industry with confidence. You'll learn the very foundations of your specialist subject areas through specialist core skills and develop a culture of thinking through making, in order to understand how best to apply your skills in industry contexts. Interdisciplinary collaboration and thinking is also part of the learning experience, providing opportunities for you to experience and mirror the latest developments in industry practice across the sector. We provide opportunities for you to apply for paid commissioned work on in-house design and illustration projects and for external clients. You can also undertake an internship as part of your work-related learning. The Visual Communication cluster has designers and illustrators in residence, both our alumni and industry professionals creating a culture where students, staff and industry create a dynamic community of practice and studio working culture.
We focus on understanding, reaching and connecting with audiences through visual communication, working to briefs through work-related learning. Through our Hothouse initiative, we connect with leaders in the field to offer the latest insights and mentoring in relation to our courses. You'll learn to think creatively and strategically, and leave with the ability to create work and fully understand the process of planning, creating, costing, producing and presenting work to clients and audiences across a broad range of outputs. Our graduates may become freelance illustrators, graphic designers and typographers working in publishing, print or editorial; or may find opportunities working as digital designers and illustrators exploring immersive experience design and experiential design. We have developed collaborative working and teaching with our Enterprise Unit Accelerator and our students are crowdfunding and testing fantastic design-related projects that are put into production. We present opportunities for you to extend the potential of your skillset, so you are prepared for the fluid expectations of an ever-changing industry.
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Visual Communication studios
Studio VisCom 01
Sara Carneholm and Angharad Lewis
Design for Art Direction is all about visualising concepts in emotive ways, reaching audiences by provoking emotional and intellectual reactions
Studio VisCom 02
Kieron Baroutchi and Emily Evans
Stories are found everywhere! Not simply in the realm of literature and entertainment. From television and advertising to religion, science, folklaw, business and politics, narratives shape our world.
Cass Visual Communication - Undergraduate courses
Graphic Design (with preparatory semester) - BA (Hons)
Our Graphic Design (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) has a preparatory semester to teach you fundamental approaches and skills for graphic design using a range of approaches, materials and tools.
Graphic Design - BA (Hons)
On this course you'll nurture traditional graphic design, skills and practice. You'll also have access to the latest developments within the industry.
Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) - BA (Hons)
Our Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) degree has a preparatory semester to teach you the essentials of illustration.
Cass Visual Communication - Postgraduate courses
News from Cass Visual Communication
#Phoney launch event
30th August 2019
Cass Visual Communications Graduate Roseanna Ware presents solo exhibition exploring ‘selfie culture’
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.
EVENT: Ways to Wander the Gallery
Cass lecturer launches latest book with sold out performative talk event at Tate Modern
The Cass students contribute to programme at Wellcome Collection exploring interconnections of art, activism, performance, politics, health and print.
Photography exhibition launches with packed Private View and career celebrations for Mick Williamson and David Hobson.
September 6-30 2018
Cass lecturer Clare Qualmann's walking and art project takes her to New York for exhibition.
The Cass Session 4 is published
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.
28 Brick Lane - Street art competition opens for student submissions
Entry deadline: Midnight on Monday 2 July 2018
Cass Projects and Tower Hamlets Council are delighted to announce the launch of a artwork competition.
Cass Summer Shows 2018 – dates announced
Students from London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
The Cass’s Head of Visual Communications to imagine Southampton in the future
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
Students' writing and design talents celebrated in new anthology
Students from English Literature and Creative Writing have teamed up with Visual Communication students to create an inaugural collaborative anthology.
Celebration week 2017
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of invited critics.
Creating a buzz
Find out which awards were won by FlySpy
Cass Visual communications students and alumni work on award winning short film titled FlySpy
Cass Vis Comms lecturer and Grafik Magazine editor releases new book
A step by step guide for anyone who loves magazines or dreams of starting their own.