The School of Art, Architecture and Design

Internationally recognised for high quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique opportunities.

The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University 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 school 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.

Important update: In 2020 we took the decision to remove the name of Sir John Cass from the title of the school, recognising that the use of his name contributed to the redemption of a man without acknowledging the enormous pain he caused as a major figure in the early development of the slave trade, and the legacy of this pain. The use of his name was incompatible with our commitment to support the Black community and to actively oppose racism in all forms.

Embrace studio culture and community

Teaching and learning at the school is led by academic staff and professional practitioners in our well-equipped Aldgate studios and workshops. Students learn through making, experimenting with process and technique, developing the knowledge and skills for their personal and professional practice. Students' Work in progress is exhibited and celebrated throughout the year.  Our inclusive and student-centred studio approach encourages peer learning and fosters the building of creative communities both during and beyond study.


Join award-winning architects, artists and designers

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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 range of short courses, designed for those seeking a new skill or developing an existing one. 

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 Our art courses are first in London for student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2022 

 Our theatre courses are ranked third in the UK

Complete University Guide 2023 

 Our fashion courses have a 93% student satisfaction score

National Student Survey 2022