**Why study this course?**
This extended degree includes an intensive foundation year (Year 0), which will allow you to progress on to one of our architecture or interior design undergraduate degree courses at The Cass. It is both preparatory and diagnostic, meaning you’ll gain the skills required for your subsequent three years of study as well as giving you the opportunity to explore a number of different directions before choosing your specialism at the end of the year.
**More about this course**
You’ll begin by undertaking a broad range of short studio and workshop projects in visual imagery and practical making. These will help you develop skills and techniques that are common across all our extended degree courses and are followed by short projects that focus more specifically on architecture and interior design. During these subject-specific projects you’ll have the opportunity to explore spatial and orthogonal drawing, inhabitation, materials, process, modelling, structure, scale, surface, texture and light.
All our extended degree programmes allow you to develop techniques in observational, technical and creative drawing; 2D and 3D composition; framing; sequence/series and narrative, as well as studio and workshop skills. You’ll also attend lectures and seminars, which will frame creative practice within historical, contemporary, conceptual and cultural contexts.
You’ll present work-in-progress and finished projects to peers and tutors on a regular basis, preparing you for the public exhibition at the end of year. This will help you to explore your abilities and guide you towards establishing an individual focus and direction.
By the end of your foundation year you’ll have produced a substantial portfolio of work that will allow you to progress on to one of The Cass’s architecture or interior design undergraduate degree courses. You’ll also have developed as a confident, creative and socially-engaged practitioner with the ability to make more informed decisions about your own work within the context of the creative field you go on to study.
**What our students say**
"Year 0 helped me release my creativity. By learning new representation techniques, now I am able to express my ideas more freely, making them more immediate than before."
Iza Sasaran (First year student)
"The course provided me with a set of tools that prepared me for a different way of thinking about my work. As a student in the third year of studying architecture I very much still look back at Year 0 as what built the foundation for the skills I possess today."
Stefan Hurrell (Third year BA Architecture student)
"Attending Year 0 was extremely helpful as I did not have any previous experience or arts qualifications. The course gave a good basis for further studies as I learned to think in a much more creative way."
Jutti Lami (Third year BA Interior Architecture student)
Example Year 1 modules include:
Critical & Contextual Studies: Foundation (core, 30 credits)
Project (core, 30 credits)
Techniques (core, 30 credits) and
Workbook (core, 30 credits)
|Duration & Attendance||Qualification||Tuition fees||Fee type|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||£9,250||Home Fees|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||£9,250||European Fees|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||£2,310||Home Fees|
|Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)||£2,310||European Fees|