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 3D design (fashion, textiles, furniture, product and 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

Impulse/Impulses

Simone ten Hompel features in new book celebrating thirty years of innovative artist-in-residence programme.

Discover: Works Inspired By Found Objects

MA By Project student's work feature in online exhibition by Garland Magazine.

MASS at Cass: Cabin Fever with Hello Wood

Monday 23 April 2018, 5pm - 6.30pm

MASS welcomes Hello Wood, an award winning Hungarian practice, who are hosting their ninth annual summer school “Cabin Fever”.

The sky’s the limit

Two students have made a short film to celebrate the opening of the new roof garden which is based at Calcutta House.

EXHIBITION: Fine Art Year 1 Pop-Up series

Various dates and locations

A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.

Ikebana, performativity and contemporary art

Thursday 19 April 2018, 2.00pm

A talk with guest artist Takaya Fujii about Ikebana, performativity and contemporary art.

Hammering out a poem

Thursday 3 May 2018, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Peter Clossick will speak about the philosophy and ideas behind his figurative paintings from the 1980's to today.

Tractus Triumphant

Work by Cass Textile design student is manufactured in India and exhibited in Germany and New York following competition success.

EVENT: Concrete Soldiers

24 April at 6.30pm

Screening of documentary exploring social cleansing in council housing, accompanied by Q and A with director Nikita Woolfe.

The Cass students share their work with Artistic Director

Theatre students performed extracts of their student projects to Adrian Berry, Artistic Director of Jackson’s Lane Theatre.

EVENT: Weird Garden

3rd May

First Thursday evening of experimental sound and vision curated by Fine Art student Raisa Watkiss returns to The Cass.

EVENT: It’s Going to be Good

19 April 2018

Cass to host International event for young change makers to coincide with Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – and you can help.

EXHIBITION: Everything out the door

Exhibition at The Cass reveals results of CAMPO research project exploring the idea of ‘Dream Beds’

Cass designers selected to exhibit for Aram Gallery’s Fifteenth Birthday

Cass graduate selected to exhibit alongside his tutor at prestigious exhibition to celebrate 15 years of The Aram Gallery

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.

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.

Cass Research Seminar

Organised by Dr Jane Clossick

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.

Who Cares? talks

Student-led architecture lecture series 2017-18

The Who Cares? talks are returning this year, tackling questions on the topic of humanitarian design both abroad and closer to home.

Publishing and the Industry

Thursdays, 2 to 3pm, room TMG-45

Guest lecture series organised by The Cass English and Creative Writing lecturers.

Cass 3D Design

Organised by Peter Marigold

Cass Culture

Programme of events

Cass Culture is the event and writing platform of The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Interiors Cinema Club

Cass Interiors film screening series

Organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.

Atrium Gallery

Exhibition space at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Atrium Gallery, 16 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP

Design for Cultural Commons lecture series

Thursdays, 6.30pm, The Wash Houses

Organised by Torange Khonsari

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 Alcove Gallery & Basement

Exhibition spaces at The Annex, Calcutta House.

The Cass - The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

The Cass Histories Lecture 2018

Organised by Ektoras Arkomanis

The annual Cass Histories Lecture invites thinkers whose work demonstrates a sensitive approach to histories.

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How to Sell A Book (Distribution and Bookshops)

How to Sell A Book (Distribution and Bookshops)

Date 19 Apr 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

Kate Manning (Simon & Schuster, Pan Macmillan, Random House and Waterstones) in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A   Students and Staff of London Metropolitan University are invited to this... more

Ikebana, performativity and contemporary art: a talk with Takaya Fujii

Ikebana, performativity and contemporary art: a talk with Takaya Fujii

Date 19 Apr 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

You are cordially invited to a talk with guest artist Takaya Fujii about Ikebana, performativity and contemporary art. Ikebana, the ancient Japanese tradition of floral arrangement, often surprises the viewer... more

Cabin Fever with Hello Wood: a MASS at Cass event

Cabin Fever with Hello Wood: a MASS at Cass event

Date 23 Apr 2018
Time 5:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

MASS (Metropolitan Architecture Student Society) welcomes Hello Wood, an award winning Hungarian practice, who are hosting their ninth annual summer school, 'Cabin Fever'.  Hello Wood provides a unique experience in the... more

Concrete Soldiers: a film screening

Concrete Soldiers: a film screening

Date 24 Apr 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

The documentary film 'Concrete Soldiers UK', released in December 2017, is directed by Nikita Woolfe, and narrated by journalist Andy Worthington. It tells the story of the destruction of council... more

How to Celebrate a Book

How to Celebrate a Book

Date 26 Apr 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

Liz Vater, Founder and Director, Stoke Newington Literary Festival in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A about Literary Festivals and Societies such as Stoke Newington, Hay-on-Wye, Edinburgh       Students and... more

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: City and Commons

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: City and Commons

Date 26 Apr 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

City and  Commons The lecture is the second event in the Design for Cultural Commons series organised by Tornage Khonsari , course leader of MA Design for Cultural Commons.  his session will... 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

WEIRD GARDEN

WEIRD GARDEN

Date 3 May 2018
Time 2:55 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street

After the success of last year’s visit by Lincoln’s 'Weird Garden' experimental music nights to London, here’s an even bigger, enhanced version, returning to the same venue at The Cass.   Weird... more

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

The Cass campus tour - Calcutta House

Date 3 May 2018
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

How to Create Your Own Literary Project

How to Create Your Own Literary Project

Date 10 May 2018
Time 2:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road

Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Dr Louise Tucker, followed by Q&A     Nikesh Shukla is a novelist, screenwriter, editor, broadcaster. His third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny, is published by Atlantic... more

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: Localism and Commons

Design For Cultural Commons Lecture Series: Localism and Commons

Date 10 May 2018
Time 6:30 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Localism and Commons The lecture is the third event in the Design for Cultural Commons series organised by Tornage Khonsari , course leader of MA Design for Cultural Commons.   Speakers: Dr Diana Stirbu... more

The Cass Summer Show 2018

The Cass Summer Show 2018

Date 21 Jun 2018
Time 6:00 PM
Venue London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street

Annual exhibition of work by graduating students of courses at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design , London Metropolitan University. Disciplines represented include Architecture BA and MA, Professional Diploma in Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Furniture, Graphic Design and Illustration, Interior Design,... more

Undergraduate Open Day

Undergraduate Open Day

Date 14 Jul 2018
Time 11:00 AM
Venue

This open day is for all students interested in studying an undergraduate course at London Metropolitan University. This is your chance to find out everything you need to know about studying... more

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