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

RIBA London Regional Awards 2017

Cass tutors, Fergus Fielden and Edmund Fowles, receive a 2017 RIBA London Regional Award for their work on Feilden Fowles Studio.

Peter Marigold shortlisted for crafts prize

Peter Marigold, who teaches on Furniture and Product Design at The Cass, has been shortlisted for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize.

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.

Cass leads wave of London Met gains in Guardian University Guide

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’.

PhD Seminar with The Cass

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Reflective Scepticism - Critical Presentation of Research: PhD Seminar with The Cass, London & Hasselt University

Art and Design second in London for student satisfaction

Art and Design at The Cass jumps 24 places overall in the 2017 Complete University Guide and places fifth in London for graduate prospects.

The Encounter

Join The Cass from 19 May as we do something a little different and turn this page into a special theatre experience.

Theatre and Performance triumph with DEN

Students showcased a programme of site-specific performances and installations on the themes of secrecy and disguise at Shoreditch Town Hall.

Authors for 22nd Irish Writers in London Summer School announced

The guest authors for the 22nd Irish Writers in London Summer School have been announced, with Jess Kidd, winner of last year’s Costa Short Story Award, joining this year’s line-up.

Graffiti, memory and the city

The Cass is proud to host a panel discussion on ‘Graffiti, Memory and the City’ as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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.

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 for the 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

The Cass campus tour - Central House

The Cass campus tour - Central House

Date 1 Jun 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

The Cass campus tour - Central House

The Cass campus tour - Central House

Date 15 Jun 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

Postgraduate Open Evening

Postgraduate Open Evening

Date 22 Jun 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Rd

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

The Cass campus tour - Central House

The Cass campus tour - Central House

Date 29 Jun 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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 1 Jul 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

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 6 Jul 2017
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 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