Cass Visual Communication
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, Illustration and Animation BA and Design for Publishing 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 three 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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Material and Visual Culture BA combines the study, practice and curation of design, craft, art and applied arts. Innovative and inter-disciplinary, it explores the objects, artefacts and images with which we surround ourselves; helping to shape our cultural and personal identities. It is in the forefront of new ways of thinking about how people and the things that make up their environment interact with and affect each other.
Unlike most courses that study art or visual culture, this course does not privilege any one class or quality of artefact over another – any object from a painting to a dress to a postcard can reveal valuable insights into society and its cultures. Uniquely, the course asks you to work with objects that you have made, or own, or have borrowed or identified in archives and collections, to reveal the different qualities or meanings that they may have, or may be made to have by your curation or interpretation. You will graduate not only knowing a great deal about our material and visual culture and its interpretation, but also having real-world skills in the use and practical application of this knowledge. You will develop your curatorial and publishing skills, presenting your findings and ideas in innovative formats. In the final year you will work on an independent project, designing and managing your own research programme and presenting it in your choice of format, such as a book, film, website, installation or exhibition.
Visual Communication Studios
Studio VisCom 01: Future Past
Susanna Edwards and Michelle Salamon
Future Past is a studio run in collaboration with The Roman Road Trust.
Studio VisCom 02: Ellipsis
Angharad Lewis and Alistair Hall
In this studio we explore the materiality of printed communication; we test the tools and processes used to communicate visually on the page.
Studio VisCom 03: Design Futures
Ricardo Eversley and Emily Evans
Design Futures: A studio that authors via the lens of traditional and digital products as tools for design making, thinking, seeing and storytelling.
Studio VisCom 04: Give and Take
Sara Carneholm and Russell Weekes
In Studio Give and Take we will explore different aspects of art direction, a field that is as relevant to illustrators as it is to graphic designers.
Cass Visual Communication - Undergraduate courses
Design for Publishing - BA (Hons)
Our Design for Publishing BA undergraduate course trains you to produce high-quality print and digital media in state-of-the-art studios at The Cass.
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 industry.
Cass Visual Communication - Postgraduate courses
Design for Cultural Commons - MA
This MA will help you become a pioneer in the field of cultural and urban commons.
London based Graphic Artist and Educator
Works within the disciplines of Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation and Printmaking.
Emma is a senior lecturer with The Cass.
Emma teaches on Critical and Contextual Studies.
Senior Technician - Printroom
Completed a MA in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University.
Visiting Lecturer Graphic Design
An award-winning graphic designer based in London, Alistair has been running his own design studio, We Made This, since 2004.
Teaches on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Heather McDonough is a fine art photographer with a background in print and design.
Teaches on BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Clare Qualmann is a London based artist working across a wide range of media; from drawing and sculpture to text-works and live art events (often in the form of walks).
News from Cass Visual CommunicationView all
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.
Friday 11 November, 1.15–2pm
A talk by Russell Weekes, as part of the Hothouse talks.
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.
Open Call 2016
Cass Alumni group announce open call
Uncertain States, the lens-based collective founded at The Cass, announce dates for annual Open Call.
Cass Summer Show
10 June - 2 July 2016
Dates have been announced for this year's Cass Summer Show art exhibitions.
Making a living: Kirstin Helgadottir
18 March, 1pm. Room CR622
The final making a living talk is by our very own visual communication cluster alumna Kirstin Helgadottir.
Lunch time talk by Helga Steppan
Friday 4 March, 1-2pm, CR1-02
A talk about work, process and dyspraxia.