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

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.

Poetry, Prose and Stories to tell

An evening of celebration was held in order to launch Just Met 2017, an anthology featuring creative writing work from students at the University.

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.

Collaboration between The Cass and Comune di Belmonte Calabro, Italy

Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design have started a three-year regeneration collaboration with Belmonte, Italy.

The Cass to host multimedia and live performance event

The Cass will be hosting an exhibition of multimedia installations and live performances next week.

Architecture students present their work to the Mayor of Leicester

Students studying the urban development of cities in the Midlands recently had the opportunity to present their work to the Mayor of Leicester.

Applied Technology in Architecture and the Fulham Scouts

A group of Diploma Architecture students are working with the 15th Fulham Scout Group to create a live construction project.

Design graduate launches exhibition fundraising campaign

A Jewellery Design graduate is fundraising to help her co-founded organisation, Mother Makers, exhibit at Munich Jewellery Week 2018.

Fine Art graduate wins national award

BA Fine Art graduate named as winner of a national award.

Musarc Winter Konzert

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

A Modern Maypole for London’s Northbank

Half of the shortlisted designs in the London Festival of Architecture competition are by practices led by Cass alumni.

Humans Being Digital

Cass Fine art alumna participates in major exhibition exploring role of digital technologies in art.

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

The Cass Christmas Cracker 2017

The Cass Christmas Cracker 2017

Date 14 Dec 2017
Time 3:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street ( opposite the Wash Houses)

Twas' the night before Christmas and all through the Bauhaus...The Cass Christmas Cracker!The twelfth annual Cass Christmas Cracker will see the art and photography areas of the School open their... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 14 Dec 2017
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

Open Evening - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Open Evening - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Date 11 Jan 2018
Time 4:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

This open evening is for those who are interested in studying any undergraduate or postgraduate subject with us. We know that going to university is a big decision and the choices... more

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

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

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

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 London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

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 London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

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 London Metropolitan University
Old Castle 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 going to university is... more

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