London Metropolitan University exists to transforms lives. We take pride in helping students reach their goals and succeed in their future careers.The Cass (incorporating the London College of Furniture) has a rich history of excellence in both supporting and driving forward London's furniture industry. This course asks you to delve into both traditional and digital workshop practice, designing and making furniture for today and tomorrow.
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- Skills and Training
London Met invests in you: from our purpose-built newsroom to our state-of-the-art superlab, we aim to create a stimulating and unique learning environment for our students. Our courses have received top marks from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency and many are accredited by a wide range of professional bodies. Our lecturers are leaders in their field: in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, over two-thirds of the University’s research output was judged to be world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
We go the extra mile with our investment. We do this through our five-star promise, our pledge to connect our students with opportunities to boost their career skills. We put employability at the heart of our curriculum through helping you find placements, work experience and voluntary opportunities across a wide variety of organisations.Course overview
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf ” Jon Kabat-Zinn, professional surfer.
The designer’s rulebook has been ripped up, recycled and turned into flyers for a nightclub. With a backdrop of economic crisis, a renaissance in new materials and technologies and environmental collapse, designers in the twenty-first century need to have a new relationship with their audience, a free creative approach to solutions, individual style and to stand upon a foundation of understanding production. It is no longer enough to be a good designer. We must be good at designing our own jobs.
This course will chart the current position for furniture makers and designers in a rapidly evolving world, salvaging from the past and imagining our futures. There is a strong emphasis on traditional and contemporary making skills informed by critical design thinking, experimentation and underpinned by technology, ethical practice and professional principles.
The Cass is bustling with creativity and energy, with critical, creative use of both state-of-the-art digital and professionally-equipped, traditional workshops.Your learning
The teaching team includes internationally-renowned furniture and product designers, traditional cabinetmakers, CAD/CAM designers and design critics.
On the BA (Hons) Furniture course, we dissect the key skills that constitute a successful furniture designer/maker and strategically build them into the projects that we set. This runs parallel to ongoing self-reflective tutorials, workshop training and contextual studies.
The course allows you to explore the dynamic field of furniture with individual creativity expressed through visual research, design, material/ technical experimentation, prototyping and production, all supported by presentation and communication skills. It will encourage you to push your individual creativity to its optimum and leave your mark on the industry.
You can opt to join the furniture studio of your choice as your year’s base, during your second and third years. Here you access specialised learning, expertise and equipment from within our excellent furniture facilities, including a woodmill, CNC facilities, industrial metalwork and 3D printing.
The course structure provides you with regular feedback, through one-to-one and group tutorials, seminars and critiques. There are regular opportunities to collaborate and share ideas with fellow students, as well as ongoing live projects and industry competitions; all of which prepare you for your final collection and graduation show.