London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

This four-year degree course includes an intensive foundation year (Year 0), which will enable you to progress on to one of our art or design undergraduate degree courses at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass). It is both preparatory and diagnostic, allowing you to explore a number of different directions prior to choosing a specialism at the end of the year. It will also provide you with the skills required for your subsequent three years of study.

**More about this course**

As a start you’ll undertake a broad range of short studio and workshop projects in visual imagery and practical making. These will help you to develop techniques that are common across all of our foundation year courses and introduce you to a work ethic of experimentation and open-mindedness. Following this you will approach open-ended, interpretive projects that will help you to establish a personal perspective and sense of direction.

All of our foundation year programmes allow you to develop techniques in:

• observational, technical and creative drawing

• 2D and 3D composition

• framing

• sequence/series and narrative

• studio and workshop skills

During your subject-specific projects you’ll also have the opportunity to explore:

• conceptual modelling

• performance

• colour

• materials

• collage

• composition

• curating

• exhibiting

Your lectures and seminars will frame the creative practice within historical, contemporary, conceptual and cultural contexts.

Throughout the course you’ll present work-in-progress and finished projects to peers and tutors on a regular basis, which will prepare you for the public exhibition at the end of year. This will be a chance for 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 art or design undergraduate degree courses. This introductory year will also see you develop into a confident, creative and socially-engaged practitioner, and you’ll continue into your chosen field of study equipped with the skills to make more informed decisions about your own work within its specific context.

Once you have progressed on to the three-year course after the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content as those who take the three-year course. On completion of your chosen degree course you’ll graduate with the same title and award as those who undertook the same traditional three-year degree without the foundation year.

**What our students say**

"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. There is strong support from the teaching team and excellent technical support."

National Student Survey

"My current project started with an assignment based around the campus. To get started, I toured the building and documented surfaces, textures and things I found visually interesting. The freedom to develop my project how I wanted has given me a chance to make my work original. It has been challenging, but has given me confidence and independence in my way of working."

Hannah Townrow

"Thanks to my tutors – and a bit of hard work – I can now say that the months I have spent at The Cass are the very beginning of my career as a designer. Understanding the process of design and being able to evaluate my work in a critical way helped me explore creative alternatives, and I was able to bring them to life thanks to the technicians and workshop facilities."

Ewelina Bartkowska

Course Modules

The Year 0 course of the extended degree is made up of four modules, covering all areas relevant to the study of the spatial disciplines study at introductory level.

Example Year 0 modules include:

Critical & Contextual Studies: Foundation (core, 30 credits)

Project (core, 30 credits)

Techniques (core, 30 credits) and

Workbook (core, 30 credits)

Start Date:

09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
8 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 European Fees
8 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £2,310 Home Fees
8 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £3,500 Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £14,000 Overseas Fees