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

Cass graduate wins national design award

London Met graduate is announced the winner at the National Association of Shopfitters Design Partnership Awards.

Cass metalsmiths unite to exhibit in Europe

A group of female artist-metalsmiths have recently exhibited at the inaugural TRESOR Contemporary Craft in Switzerland.

Fine Art Graduate shortlisted for national art award

BA Fine Art graduate is a finalist for a national award.

London Met Tutor to design British Pavilion at Venice Biennale

London Met’s The Cass Architecture tutor, Peter St John, is to design the British Pavilion at next year’s Venice Biennale.

The Joy of Sound

London Met PhD student founds charity, providing bespoke music instruments and workshops where disabled people make a new kind of community music.

Great Dryer design wows at London Design Festival

Furniture and Product Design graduate, Mandie Beuzeval, has had a great success at the 2017 London Design Festival with her 'Great Dryer'.

Fine Art Alumnus presents solo exhibition at Beers London

A Cass Fine Art alumnus presents a solo exhibition, called Real Reality, at Beers London.

Cass alumna wins Goldsmiths’ Fair New Design Award

Jewellery Design graduate wins a prestigious award at the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017.

Architecture tutor appears on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

An architect who lectures at London Met’s Art, Architecture and Design school, The Cass, appeared on Grand Designs earlier this month.

Theatre Arts senior lecturer exhibits in Venice

Senior lecturer, Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, exhibited Precarious Balance / Equilibrio Precario at ArteSpazioTempo in Venice.

The Cass has landed

School celebrates it's coming together with series of exhibition and events attended by hundreds.

The Broken Pastoral

New solo exhibition of night photography by The Cass alumnus David George.

Entrer: Five architectures in Belgium

The Cass hosts an immersive exhibition exploring the diversity of Belgian architecture.

Cass Starters at SCP

A group of graduates from The Cass, who took part in the successful Cass Starters project, will be exhibiting with SCP as part of the London Design Festival.

Jaykoe Exhibits

Artist Jaykoe , an alumnus of MA Fine Art at The Cass has two imminent exhibitions

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

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.

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.

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Events from The Cass

 Interiors Industry Lecture - Giles Miller Studio

Interiors Industry Lecture - Giles Miller Studio

Date 24 Oct 2017
Time 5:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Interiors Industry kecture series presents a talk by Giles Miller Giles Miller is a composer of materials The London-based designer specialises in the development of truly innovative surface, material and sculptural pieces.... more

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Day - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 25 Oct 2017
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

Much Ado About

Much Ado About

Date 26 Oct 2017
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

Following its debut as part of this year’s Gdansk Shakespeare Festival in Poland, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy brings its themes of love, jealousy, humor and shame to... more

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: Midnight in Paris

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: Midnight in Paris

Date 26 Oct 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Interiors Cinema Club presents Playing with Time. A film series which explores what happens when we play with, and disrupt fixed time and historical period and the interiors we inhabit.  The films in this... more

StreetSpace Workshop

StreetSpace Workshop

Date 2 Nov 2017
Time 10:00 AM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

What makes a good mixed use street? How can good streets be represented beyond the usual tools? StreetSpace is a multidisciplinary project examining superdiverse streets. Streets are complex entities, have evolved slowly through history but can be radically transformed by development. At this workshop we will analyse physical,... more

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: Orlando

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: Orlando

Date 2 Nov 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Interiors Cinema Club presents Playing with Time. A film series which explores what happens when we play with, and disrupt fixed time and historical period and the interiors we inhabit. The films in... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 2 Nov 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

Amelie Barnathan: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communications talk

Amelie Barnathan: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communications talk

Date 3 Nov 2017
Time 1:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

The Cass HotHouse is excited to host its second talk by Amelie Barnathan. Amelie is an artist living in London, whose body of work spans illustration, fine art and printmaking.... more

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: Goodbye Lenin

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: Goodbye Lenin

Date 9 Nov 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Interiors Cinema Club presents Playing with Time. A film series which explores what happens when we play with, and disrupt fixed time and historical period and the interiors we inhabit. The films in... more

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Interiors Cinema Club - Playing with Time: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Date 16 Nov 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue

Interiors Cinema Club presents Playing with Time. A film series which explores what happens when we play with, and disrupt fixed time and historical period and the interiors we inhabit. The films in... more

Mini Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 16 Nov 2017
Time 5:00 PM
Venue

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

Drawing pictures for money: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Drawing pictures for money: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 17 Nov 2017
Time 1:00 PM
Venue

Joe Prytherch is a freelance designer, and an illustrator and animator under the name Mason London. He's worked for Stones Throw Records, NTS Radio, Island Records, Stüssy and Rinse FM.... more

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 25 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

The visual language of fashion advertising through the lens of culture and storytelling: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

The visual language of fashion advertising through the lens of culture and storytelling: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talk

Date 8 Dec 2017
Time 1:00 PM
Venue

_ --> Serena Wise is an award-winning art director with a decade-long career working with creative agencies and publishers – Mother London, Springs Creative, VICE, i-D Magazine, DJA and ARPA Studios. Focusing... more

Open Evening - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Open Evening - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Date 11 Jan 2018
Time 4:00 PM
Venue

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

Mini Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Mini Open Evening - Art, Architecture and Design

Date 7 Feb 2018
Time 4:00 PM
Venue

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

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

Designing for the National Theatre: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communications talk

Designing for the National Theatre: a Cass Hothouse Visual Communications 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