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

A lecture on the business of interior design and its visual takeaway

Two Cass alumni have returned to their alma mater to support the annual Making a Living Week.

In the Dust of Things Unsettled

The Cass students think outside the box at iconic London art venues.

Making a Living Week 2017

The Cass annual festival of employability and entrepreneurship.

London Met staff honoured at 2017 Annual Awards

Staff members recognised for outstanding contribution within the University.

Cass Alumnus wins London Festival of Architecture Modern Maypole competition

A Cass Architecture alumnus, Alex Scott-Whitby has been announced as the winner of the London Festival of Architecture’s Modern Maypole competition in the centre of London.

Acclaimed actor and writer delivers insightful talk to Cass students

The acclaimed actor and writer, Richard Katz, visits Cass Theatre Arts students to discuss his experience of working in the performing arts industry.

Cass Christmas Cracker 2017

Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm

The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.

Musarc Winter Konzert

Musarc, the architectural choir/research project based at The Cass, has announced details of their 2017 Christmas Concert.

Cass students make their art public in Window Wanderland

Students from The Cass recently participated in Window Wanderland, an international festive initiative developed by a Cass alumna.

Flashticine!

Foundation students at The Cass exhibit over 2000 sculptures in pop-up plasticine exhibition

London Met’s graduates celebrated at the Barbican

The Winter Graduation ceremony saw hundreds of London Met graduands celebrate their academic achievements at London’s Barbican Centre.

London Met alumna to become Lorelei Press’s newest author

Sarah Jane Wilson, who studied Creative Writing at London Met, will have her debut novel published in 2018.

Cass graduate wins prestigious curtain design competition

Denise Lewis, a recent Textile Design BA graduate, has won a competition to design curtain fabric for the anti-poverty and social action centre, Toynbee Hall.

Students ‘don’t believe’ they graduated with Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson OBE, aka Victor Meldrew, was awarded an honorary degree by London Metropolitan University at the 2017 Winter Graduation ceremony.

Big Blanket for Crisis

London Met raises awareness of homelessness in London with a Textile Design project.

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

Cass Cities events

Led by Professor Mark Brearley and ably assisted by Dr Jane Clossick and Mr Colin O'Sullivan, Cass Cities is a research group and teaching unit at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.

Cass Culture

Programme of events

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

Open Field 2017-18

Artists residency at The Cass School of Art

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

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 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.

Events from The Cass

Kellenberger–White: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Kellenberger–White: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 26 Jan 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

The Cass HotHouse talks are excited to have design duo Kellenberger–White speak at their first lunchtime talk of 2018.Kellenberger–White is a London-based graphic design consultancy specialising in art direction, the... more

Colour-in Fashion

Colour-in Fashion

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

Organised by the journalism team from the School of Computing and Digital Media in conjunction with The Cass, the evening will feature a panel discussion on what fashion can do... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 1 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

Mini Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 7 Feb 2018
Time 4:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

This Mini Open Evening 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

Rees-o / Riz-o / Ry-so: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Rees-o / Riz-o / Ry-so: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 9 Feb 2018
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

Rachel Littlewood is a London-based designer and risographer. Her work is mainly print based, but she also enjoys working on exhibitions, producing installations, and running workshops.Rachel's presentation is part of the series... more

Loose Fit City - the book launch

Loose Fit City - the book launch

Date 15 Feb 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Please join us for the launch of Loose Fit City: The Contribution of Bottom-Up Architecture to Urban Design and Planning by Maurice Mitchell and Bo Tang, published by Routledge. Maurice and Bo will give... 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

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

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

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