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

Dr Sunny Singh explores the life and times of Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan

A London Met academic has written the first in-depth study of Amitabh Bachan’s film career and star persona.

Musarc Winter Konzert

Cass-based Architectural Choir / research project host return to Christ Church Spitalfields

A Modern Maypole for Northbank

Three out of the six shorlisted designs in the London Festival of Architecture competition are by practices led by Cass alumni

Walford welcomes London Met alumnus

“Without the support and championship the University showed me, I wouldn't be here now,” says London Met alumnus.

Furniture and Product Design Students head to Holland

Furniture and Product Design students went on a cultural trip to Eindhoven, featuring visits to museums and creative spaces.

The Cass’s Head of Visual Communications to imagine Southampton in the future

Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.

You'll be fine

Cass alumna's project and paper explores the therapeutic benefits of creativity during illness

Notes On My Family

A London Metropolitan University graduate’s debut novel is due for publication in November 2017.

Kickstarting careers at The Cass

Kickstarter for creatives: Leading Designers and Makers discuss the power of the crowd – 28 November 2017

Big Blanket for Crisis

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

The Cass architectural practice win design competition

Fergus Feilden and Edmund Fowles, who lead undergraduate Architecture Studio 11 on The Cass’s BA Architecture, have won a prestigious design competition.

Between the Sword and the Wall

An intimate group art exhibition featuring the work of three alumni of The Cass will open on 10 November.

Cass lecturer’s project is part of Mayor of London’s environmental strategy

Siân Moxon, Senior Lecturer and Sustainability Coordinator at The Cass, winning London National Park City design is now part of the Mayor of London's environmental strategy.

Award-winning artist to give talk at Cass HotHouse

The Cass HotHouse will be holding its second talk with London-based artist, Amelie Barnathan, next month.

London Met Alumna is changing lives in Dehli

Architecture graduate Julia King has recently completed her PhD by practice project in Savda Ghevra, Delhi.

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 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.

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Events from The Cass

Two speakers, one discussion - on the topic of informal architecture in African cities

Two speakers, one discussion - on the topic of informal architecture in African cities

Date 20 Nov 2017
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Two speakers, one discussion - on the topic of informal architecture in African cities Cass Research Seminar - Seminar 1 ________________________________________________ Speaker 1: Dr Paulo Moreira Dr Paulo Moreira is an architect and researcher... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 23 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

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 25 Nov 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

Kickstarter for creatives: leading designers and makers discuss the power of the crowd

Kickstarter for creatives: leading designers and makers discuss the power of the crowd

Date 28 Nov 2017
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street

The Cass is proud to present an evening with Kickstarter and designers who have successfully used the crowdfunding platform to launch products and careers. Join us to watch presentations from... more

Just Met 2017 anthology launch, end of term party and alumni event

Just Met 2017 anthology launch, end of term party and alumni event

Date 30 Nov 2017
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

An evening of readings from Creative Writing students at London Met and the launch of our annual anthology Just Met 2017. As usual, the quality of the work and the... more

England is Mine: film screening and Q&A session with screenwriter

England is Mine: film screening and Q&A session with screenwriter

Date 4 Dec 2017
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

  Join us on Monday 4 December in Room BEUB-01 at 2pm for a screening of England is Mine, a coming of age feature film based on pop star Morrissey’s early life in 1970s Manchester before he went... more

Amitabh Bachchan: the book launch

Amitabh Bachchan: the book launch

Date 6 Dec 2017
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street

Join author, academic and The Cass senior lecturer Sunny Singh for the launch of her ground-breaking book on Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan.Amitabh Bachchan’s transnational fame as one of cinema’s... 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 London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

_ --> 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 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 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