The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
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 2016-17 studios.
Join award-winning architects, artists and designers
Recognition of students’ work is widespread. Architecture 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
The Cass Hothouse is hosting a series of eight workshops exploring visual communications during The Cass Summer Show 2017.
Cass Technology staff have received a commendation in Excellence in Structural Engineering Education for their Mudchute Making Workshop.
Alpa Depani has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to explore approaches to the design of public realm in global cities.
Cass students return to Calabria, Italy, to continue collaborative work with villagers and refugees.
London Met launch first ever Festival of Learning event with Cass short courses.
Films from London Metropolitan University’s Film and Broadcast Production course to be screened at BFI on London's Southbank.
Lines of Thought is a new exhibition at The Cass Bank Gallery in Central House celebrating the work which takes place before final designs are realised.
Students from English Literature and Creative Writing have teamed up with Visual Communication students to create an inaugural collaborative anthology.
The Cass have a number of events at this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival.
Cass tutors, Fergus Fielden and Edmund Fowles from Studio 11 and Peter St John from Unit 12, have been recognised in this year's RIBA Regional Awards.
Peter Marigold, who teaches on Furniture and Product Design at The Cass, has been shortlisted for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize.
Students from London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Art courses ranked second best in London again for student satisfaction, while the School of Computing and Digital Media's Maths course scores 10/10 for ‘Value Added’.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Reflective Scepticism - Critical Presentation of Research: PhD Seminar with The Cass, London & Hasselt University
Art and Design at The Cass jumps 24 places overall in the 2017 Complete University Guide and places fifth in London for graduate prospects.
Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2016-17
Interiors Industry Lectures
Interior and interior design lecture series given by visiting professional practitioners.
Find out about the next event
The Cass Hothouse presents a series of creative talks by industry professionals in design, illustration, publishing and branding. All talks are free and open to the public.
Using film as a research and exploration tool
A mini-series of open lectures and screenings that connect to the module of the same title for Year 4 architecture students.
Learn more about our residency programme
The residency studio is located at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.
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 2016-17 academic year.
A series of lectures organised by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou for the Architecture Research Unit.
Student-led architecture lecture series 2016-17
The Who Cares? talks are returning this year, tackling questions on the topic of humanitarian design both abroad and closer to home.
The Window Space is a street-facing window gallery managed by the students of the Curating the Contemporary MA.
Centres of research
Find out about the centres of research based in The Cass, and other research institutes, centres and units around the University.
Students and alumni who have studied subjects now associated with The Cass give us their thoughts about studying at London Metropolitan University.
Get to know the academic staff of The Cass. Many profiles include information about areas of interest, research and publications.
Events from The Cass
|Date||1 Jul 2017|
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This open day is for all students interested in studying an undergraduate course at London Metropolitan University. This event is open to all subjects including art, architecture, design, life sciences,... more
|Date||6 Jul 2017|
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
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 considering going to university... more