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 3D design (fashion, textiles, furniture, product and 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

Clerkenwell Design Week

Cass furniture students exhibiting their work at two events during celebrated annual design festival.

Cass Foundation course shows to open on 22 May

Senior lecturer Chi Roberts shares some exciting news about this year's Cass Foundation course shows.

London Nights

18 May-9 November 2018

Work by Cass Photography alumni features in major exhibition at Museum of London Metropolitan University.

Cass Fashion Show 2018

Thursday 7 June 2018, 2pm and 6pm

The Cass Salon 2018 promises a “beautifully wrong, sublimely scandalous" live interactive installation of new fashion talent.

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.

London Met graduate designs artwork for Big Issue Royal Wedding edition

Cass graduate David Tovey discusses his remarkable life and his latest projects in the week his artwork is featured on the royal wedding edition of The Big Issue magazine.

Project Red catwalk show at The Cass

Fashion designers of the future showcase their designs in third annual fashion show.

Cass students selected as Venice 2018 Fellows

Two students have been awarded fellowships and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.

London Met lecturer chosen for prestigious director’s residency

Lecturer Rishi Trikha is currently taking part in the Circus 50:50 programme and is undertaking a director’s residency at the Roundhouse and at the New Vic Theatre.

Irish Writers in London Summer School

7 June - 13 July 2018

Dates announced for 23rd annual summer programme where students work with leading authors.

The Brady Clubs: An East End Community

2-18 May 2018

New exhibition explores pioneering East End youth clubs through photography and memorabilia.

Young entrepreneurs celebrated at Big Idea Challenge awards

Budding entrepreneurs from across London have been taking part in the annual Big Idea Challenge, one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial competitions for young people.

Ikebana, performance and art

Special Guest Lecturer Takaya Fujii gives students insight into contemporary work inspired by ancient Japanese tradition.

Cass tutor awarded Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship

Rosie Hervey, architecture alumna and tutor is awarded prestigious fellowship for project to investigate different models of ‘living together’.

First Year Interiors students visit the Old Oak Collective

First year Interiors students are investigating new typologies within architecture and were afforded the opportunity to visit the Old Oak Collective, a large co-living space.

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 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.

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.

Design for Cultural Commons lecture series

Thursdays, 6.30pm, The Wash Houses

Organised by Torange Khonsari.

London Society Saturday Schools

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 2018, 11.30am to 12.30pm

The London Society are running Saturday morning lectures at The Cass, in association with Cass Cities.

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.

The Cass Histories Lecture 2018

Organised by Ektoras Arkomanis

The annual Cass Histories Lecture invites thinkers whose work demonstrates a sensitive approach to histories.

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The Cass Foundation Show 2018

The Cass Foundation Show 2018

Date 22 May 2018
Time 6:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Exhibition of work by students on Foundation Year of Extended Degree courses at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, including full size pavilions created for the school's roof... more

SALON: The Cass Graduate Fashion Show 2018

SALON: The Cass Graduate Fashion Show 2018

Date 7 Jun 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue The Wash Houses
25 Old Castle Street

  The Cass Fashion Salon 2018    The Cass Graduate Fashion Show 2018 will see the traditional runway replaced with an interactive ‘Salon’ style showcase with performances at 2pm ( Full Preview) and... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 7 Jun 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

SALON: The Cass Graduate Fashion Show 2018

SALON: The Cass Graduate Fashion Show 2018

Date 7 Jun 2018
Time 6:00 PM
Venue The Wash Houses
25 Old Castle Street

  The Cass Fashion Salon 2018    The Cass Graduate Fashion Show 2018 will see the traditional runway replaced with an interactive ‘Salon’ style showcase with performances at 2pm ( Full Preview) and... more

Final Cuts 2018

Final Cuts 2018

Date 15 Jun 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue Belvedere Road
South Bank

Final Cuts is a screening of work at the National Film Theatre BFI Southbank by students graduating from studios on the Film and Broadcast Production BA at the University's School of Computing and Digital... more

The Cass Summer Show 2018

The Cass Summer Show 2018

Date 21 Jun 2018
Time 3:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

The Cass Summer Show 2018 will take place from the 22nd June to the 5th July 2018, opening with a extended launch event from 3.30pm to 9.30pm on the 21st. Register... more

Open Day - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Open Day - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Date 30 Jun 2018
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

This open day is for all students interested in studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course at London Metropolitan University. This is your chance to find out everything you need to know about... more

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 18 Aug 2018
Time 11:00 AM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Rd

This open day is for all students interested in studying an undergraduate course at London Metropolitan University. This is your chance to find out everything you need to know about studying... more

Open Evening - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Open Evening - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Date 30 Aug 2018
Time 4:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

This open evening is for all students interested in studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course at London Metropolitan University. This is your chance to find out everything you need to know... more

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