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 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

Cass Summer Shows 2017 - 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.

There will be nothing left to suck

DOW Collective, a group of emerging curators from Curating the Contemporary MA, launch their inaugural exhibition at the Cass Bank Gallery.

St James’s Palace hosts ‘inspiring’ London Met enterprise awards

Big Idea Challenge 2017 showcases London Met’s contribution to innovation and enterprise in the capital.

Upholstery: a sustainable future

Short Courses at The Cass sponsor panel discussion exploring the issues around upholstery, sustainability and throwaway culture at the Geffrye Museum.

Weird Garden

4th May 2017

A First Thursday evening of experimental sound and vison curated by Cass Fine Art student, Raisa Watkiss.

Theatre and Performance Practice creates a buzz

Theatre and Performance Practice BA students collaborate on project exploring the science and art of responsive swarming.

Is Fashion Unfair?

Join our star-studded panel for an evening of debate and discussion as we examine whether fashion is unfair?

Visible Light at Milan Design Week

Cass graduate Dessislava Madanska will be exhibiting at this year’s Milan Design Week.

DEN at Shoreditch Town Hall

Theatre and Performance students kick of The Cass Summer Season with a festival of secrets, cryptic missions and general hush-hush at Shoreditch Town Hall.

Easter Bunny 2017

Join The Cass for its annual Fine Art open studio event on Thursday 6 April.

Exploring Belgian architecture with The Cass

6 - 27 April 2017 (excluding 13-17 April)

Belgian architecture season launches at The Cass with an illustration exhibition highlighting the country’s diverse collection of contemporary architecture.

Nostalgia Is Not Enough

8 March -21 April 2017

OPENING EXTENDED: Photography exhibition in Cass Foyer Gallery for Women's History Month features recently recovered images of The Brady Girls Club.

Gift project by Poetic Projections Studio

Jewellery students at The Cass take part in international gift exchange.

The Cass announced as partner for all-night art extravaganza

The Cass has been announced as one of the partner venues for Art Night 2017, a contemporary arts festival which will transform the East End for one summer night.

Folkestone is an Art School!

2 September to 5 November 2017

Major new initiative by artist(s) / The Cass Fine Art Professor(s) Bob and Roberta Smith will raise awareness of the importance of arts education.

Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2016-17

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Interiors Industry Lectures

Interior and interior design lecture series given by visiting professional practitioners.

Hothouse Talks

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.

New Cinema and the City - Migrations

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.

Open Field

Learn more about our residency programme

The residency studio is located at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.

Public lectures and talks 2016-17

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.

The Poetic Dimension in Architecture

A series of lectures organised by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou, Architecture Research Unit.

Who Cares? talks

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.

Window Space - 1.51

The Window Space is a street-facing window gallery managed by the students of the Curating the Contemporary MA.

Subject areas

Further information

Events from The Cass

Postgraduate Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Postgraduate Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 11 May 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue Central House
59-63 Whitechapel High Street

We know that considering going to university is a big decision and the choices you make will be life changing. Find out more about studying a postgraduate course with The... more

The Cass campus tour - Central House

The Cass campus tour - Central House

Date 11 May 2017
Time 6:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
59-63 Whitechapel High 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 Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 8 Jun 2017
Time 1:00 PM
Venue Central House
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

Postgraduate Open Evening

Postgraduate Open Evening

Date 22 Jun 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
84 Moorgate

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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 1 Jul 2017
Time 11:00 AM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

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

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 6 Jul 2017
Time 1:00 PM
Venue Central House
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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 19 Aug 2017
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 2 Sep 2017
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

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

Postgraduate Open Evening

Postgraduate Open Evening

Date 6 Sep 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue

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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 7 Oct 2017
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 4 Nov 2017
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 2 Dec 2017
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

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