The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Internationally recognised for high quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique opportunities.

The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University (The Cass) offers courses across a broad range of subject areas: art (encompassing fine art, photography, English, creative writing, theatre and performance practice), architecture (including spatial planning and urban design) and design (which includes fashion, furniture, jewellery, interiors and visual communication).

Learning through practice, playing with process and working with clients; students at The Cass gain real world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies. There is a strong emphasis in our studios on socially engaged architecture, art and design applied to both local and global contexts. The many specialist facilities you could find yourself using include wood, metal and plastic workshops, darkrooms and digital manufacturing technology. Our regular exhibitions, including the famous Summer Show, regularly attract large audiences.

Embrace studio culture

A studio or unit is a study group with a particular theme or focus taken by our year two and three undergraduate art, architecture and design students and by postgraduate architecture students as part of their studies. Studios are led by both academic staff and professional practitioners, sometimes linking to external organisations or project briefs. At the start of each academic year, the leaders of each studio present their studio's themes, position and approach to allow students to choose from a wide range of issues, methods of working and types of project. During the year the studios come together for major events such as Celebration Week – when students present work in progress to panels of external critics – and summer exhibitions. Read about our 2017-18 studios.

Join award-winning architects, artists and designers

Recognition of students’ work is widespread. Furniture and product design student Charles Mugisha’s competition-winning street furniture was installed on Aldgate High Street and can be seen, and sat upon, as you walk to Aldgate station. Three students won awards at the prestigious RIBA President’s Medals 2016 for their innovative work in architecture and alumna Hannah Thompson was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Grant to be Senate House Library’s first artist-in-residence.

Take up a short course

In addition to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which include courses validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the School offers a wide range of short courses. Whether you are seeking a new skill, developing an existing one or simply want a bite-size taste of The Cass, we offer short course for you. In our well-equipped studios students learn through making, experiment with process and technique and develop skills for personal and professional practice.

Latest news from The Cass

Observer’s architecture critic praises work of Cass alumni

Casswell Bank Architects has been featured in a piece published by The Observer.

Tales from the Toolbox

Work by Cass postgraduate jewellery student Lieta Marziali features in new international publication.

Contemporary Design Studios in London

The Cass will be presenting the second in its series of public lectures on contemporary design on 20 February at 6:30pm.

BA Fashion students prepare for PROJECT RED 2018

Fashion students at the Cass have been gearing up for the annual PROJECT RED fashion show.

Material Romance

Jewellery and Silversmithing students from The Cass exhibit at Contemporary Applied Arts in London.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS AN ART SCHOOL!

New exhibition by Cass Professor Bob and Roberta Smith opens at Von Bartha Gallery in Basel.

First Year Interiors students Skype call to South Africa with Kate Carlyle of Monkeybiz

By Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros

Interactive session to discuss ideas for re-purposing a shipping container for a community project.

The forgotten suffragettes: a Cass talk

The Cass are hosting a talk discussing women's rights and class struggle, including activists of today who wish to learn from our sisters of the past.

London Met Lecturer outright winner of Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards

A Visiting Lecturer who teaches Textile Design at The Cass has been announced as the winner of a prestigious art prize.

Even more quality teaching at London Metropolitan University

The University is committed to delivering education to the highest standard. A focus is placed on supporting academic staff to become Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Colour-In Fashion: How should fashion embrace diversity?

The University hosted a panel of fashion industry experts to discuss how diversity should be embraced within the industry.

Upholstery staff and alumni feature in national exhibition

The National Centre for Craft and Design is host to a new exhibition entitled Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution.

Creating your own city – with help from a new Cass book

A new book by two architecture academics of The Cass will be launched on Thursday 15 February 2018.

London Met alumnus is artist in residence at Grow Pod

Gareth Jones, an alumnus of The Cass, has become the first artist in residence at Grow Pod, Hackney’s new community venue.

Chair of the Office for Students visits London Met

University welcomed Sir Michael Barber to its Holloway campus.

Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2017-18

Open Field 2017-18

Artists residency at The Cass School of Art

The activity of Open Field provides insight into how artists practice.

The Forgotten Suffragettes

Monday 26 February, 1-2pm, GSB-01 Goulston St

The Forgotten Suffragettes - The Struggle of East London Suffragettes, by Esther Freeman for Share UK

The Cass Hothouse talks 2017-18

Organised by Cass Visual Communication

The in-house research, illustration and design collective from the Visual Communication department at The Cass. The collective hosts talks, events and works on commissions.

Cass Research Seminar

Organised by Dr Jane Clossick

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.

Form-Givers lecture series

Organised by James Payne

Who Cares? Talks

Student-led architecture lecture series 2017-18

The Who Cares? talks are returning this year, tackling questions on the topic of humanitarian design both abroad and closer to home.

Publishing and the Industry

Thursdays, 2 to 3pm, room TMG-45

Guest lecture series organised by The Cass English and Creative Writing lecturers.

Cass 3D Design

Organised by Peter Marigold

Cass Culture

Programme of events

Cass Culture is the event and writing platform of The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Interiors Cinema Club

Cass Interiors film screening series

Organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.

Public lectures and talks 2017-18

Annual Public Lectures and Talks series

An annual series of public lectures and talks on a wide variety of topics taking place at The Cass during the 2017-18 academic year.

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The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 22 Feb 2018
Time 6:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

Want to study a subject where you can create, explore and play? Why don't you join us on one of our tours of the Sir John Cass School of Art,... more

The Paper Library: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

The Paper Library: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 23 Feb 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street

The Paper Library is a paper resource located in London and in educational institutions throughout the UK, for brands, designers and creatives in industry and education. Featuring papers from all over... more

 PROJECT RED 2018 - CATWALK SHOW

PROJECT RED 2018 - CATWALK SHOW

Date 23 Feb 2018
Time 4:55 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

PROJECT RED is an annual live catwalk show from the BA (Hons) Fashion course at The Cass, held in the Atrium at Goulston Street. The show, which marks the end to this year's Celebration... more

The Forgotten Sufragettes: a talk

The Forgotten Sufragettes: a talk

Date 26 Feb 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

The People's Representation Act of 1918 was a triumphant moment, allowing millions of women to cast their vote for the first time. Yet that day was not a celebration for... more

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows and Studio Nuumi

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows and Studio Nuumi

Date 26 Feb 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Unit 6 developed a series of lectures titled 'Who Cares?', which is running for the third consecutive year.  The series aims to bring together architecture students, architects and various organisations... more

How to Buy a Book

How to Buy a Book

Date 1 Mar 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

Talk and Q and A with Sarah Hodgson, Deputy Publishing Director, HarperCollins and Alice Saunders, Literary Agent at LAW   Students and Staff of London Metropolitan University are invited to this talk... more

Open Field: Rehana Zaman, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Samia Malik

Open Field: Rehana Zaman, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Samia Malik

Date 1 Mar 2018
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

We would like to invite you to the closing event for the Open Field residency, where the residents will present the work developed during the residency period. The activity of Open... more

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Orizzontale and Le Seppie

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Orizzontale and Le Seppie

Date 1 Mar 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Unit 6 developed a series of lectures titled 'Who Cares?', which is running for the third consecutive year.  The series aims to bring together architecture students, architects and various organisations... more

RECORDINGS: An exhibition and publication launch

RECORDINGS: An exhibition and publication launch

Date 1 Mar 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue The Cass, London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Please join us for the opening night of RECORDINGS, an exhibition by Alpa Depani supported by Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) and the British Council.How do we get to know... more

Apparata: The Form-givers lecture series

Apparata: The Form-givers lecture series

Date 2 Mar 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue The Cass, London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

APPARATA is a studio for architecture, design and research founded by Astrid Smitham and Nicholas Lobo Brennan. Apparata designs and construct buildings, furniture and books. Completed projects include the restructuring of a vacated listed Carnegie Library... more

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Remi.C.T and Vicky Cave

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Remi.C.T and Vicky Cave

Date 5 Mar 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Unit 6 developed a series of lectures titled 'Who Cares?', which is running for the third consecutive year.  The series aims to bring together architecture students, architects and various organisations... more

Open Field: Matthew Smith's introductory talk

Open Field: Matthew Smith's introductory talk

Date 8 Mar 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

We would like to invite you to the introductory talk by Open Field resident Matthew Smith. The activity of Open Field provides insight into how artists practice. One of key reasons... more

 How to Make a Book

How to Make a Book

Date 8 Mar 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

Sarah Wasley, Production Director at Granta and Portobello Books Jon Gray, Book Designer @gray318 in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A   Students and Staff of London Metropolitan University... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 8 Mar 2018
Time 6:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

Want to study a subject where you can create, explore and play? Why don't you join us on one of our tours of the Sir John Cass School of Art,... more

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Design Affects and Azuko

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Design Affects and Azuko

Date 8 Mar 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Unit 6 developed a series of lectures titled 'Who Cares?', which is running for the third consecutive year.  The series aims to bring together architecture students, architects and various organisations... more

How to Sell a Book ( Digital Metadata and Readers)

How to Sell a Book ( Digital Metadata and Readers)

Date 15 Mar 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue

Bartley Shaw, Publishing Operations Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A   Students and Staff of London Metropolitan University are invited to this talk as... more

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Sam Mitchell and Here There Architecture

Who Cares? The Cass Explores Humanitarianism: Sam Mitchell and Here There Architecture

Date 15 Mar 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue

Unit 6 developed a series of lectures titled 'Who Cares?', which is running for the third consecutive year.  The series aims to bring together architecture students, architects and various organisations... more

Open Field: Matthew Smith's closing event

Open Field: Matthew Smith's closing event

Date 22 Mar 2018
Time 5:00 PM
Venue

We would like to invite you to the closing event for Matthew Smith's  Open Field  residency, where the residents will present the work developed during the residency period. The activity of Open Field... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 22 Mar 2018
Time 6:00 PM
Venue

Want to study a subject where you can create, explore and play? Why don't you join us on one of our tours of the Sir John Cass School of Art,... more

Designing for the National Theatre: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Designing for the National Theatre: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 13 Apr 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue

Join us for an exploration of the craft and creative processes employed by the Graphic Design Studio at the National Theatre with Creative Director, Ollie Winser and members of his... more

How to Sell A Book (Distribution and Bookshops)

How to Sell A Book (Distribution and Bookshops)

Date 19 Apr 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue

Kate Manning (Simon & Schuster, Pan Macmillan, Random House and Waterstones) in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A   Students and Staff of London Metropolitan University are invited to this... more

How to Celebrate a Book

How to Celebrate a Book

Date 26 Apr 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue

Liz Vater, Founder and Director, Stoke Newington Literary Festival in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A about Literary Festivals and Societies such as Stoke Newington, Hay-on-Wye, Edinburgh       Students and... more

Picture books - from initial idea to publication day: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Picture books - from initial idea to publication day: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 27 Apr 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue

Fiona Woodcock is a London based illustrator and picture book author. Having worked in animation for many years, Fiona now specialises in picture books. Her debut book Hiding Heidi was... more

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 2 May 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue

This Mini Open Day is for those who are interested in studying with us on Art, Architecture and Design subjects (see subject area list below).   We know that going to university is... more

How to Create Your Own Literary Project

How to Create Your Own Literary Project

Date 10 May 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue

Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A     Nikesh Shukla is a novelist, screenwriter, editor, broadcaster. His third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny, is published by Atlantic... more

Mini Open Day - All subjects

Mini Open Day - All subjects

Date 20 Jun 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue

This Mini Open Day is for those who are interested in any of the subjects we offer. We know that going to university is a big decision and the choices you... more

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