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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: We have taken the decision to remove the name of Sir John Cass from the title of the school. We recognise that the use of Sir John Cass’ name contributes 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 is incompatible with our commitment to support the Black community and to actively oppose racism in all forms. Read the statement from our Vice-Chancellor.
Former Head of School Andrew Stone said: "I recognise and am proud that the School is known for its distinct, strong, socially engaged identity across all our subjects. The School name will change in consultation with our students, staff and alumni. The values, presence and energy we have established are present in more than a name and these will continue to be reaffirmed and to grow."
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. During the year the studios come together for major events such as Celebration Week – when students present their work in progress – and summer exhibitions.
Join award-winning architects, artists and designers
Recognition of students’ work is widespread:
- Amanda Gunasinghe, a 2018 graduate from Interior Design BA , won the Future Designer award at the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Design Partnership Awards.
- Moe Redish was nominated for 100% Forward, an exciting addition to the 100% Design Festival 2018, a new showcase for emerging design talent in the UK.
- Architecture BA student Marie-Henriette Desmourès’ dissertation was commended at the RIBA President’s Medals.
- Textile student Frances McBain won the Tissage rug competition which saw her travelling to India to see her rug being produced.
- Fine Art’s Charlotte Aitken, a 2017 graduate, won the ARTIQ graduate prize.
- Annually, students are selected for the month-long Venice Biennale fellowships through the British Council. This year these were awarded to Furniture student Ella Merriman and MArch student Tarn Philip.
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 also offer you short courses. In our well-equipped studios students learn through making, experiment with process and technique and develop skills for personal and professional practice.
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Yinka Ilori named as one of 12 artists shaping the world
The London Met design alumnus adds another accolade to an already successful year.
Architecture lecturer creates immersive pavilion at V&A museum
Brando Posocco, co-founder of Nebbia Works, has created an installation as part of the London Design Festival.
The Public Art Experiment
London Met collaborates with British Council Hong Kong for Spark Festival 2021.
Ecological Dialogues: Sustainable Communities and the Question of Nature
New talks series from the London Met Lab explores some of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today.
HomeGrownHouse: London Met housing project to be highlighted at COP26
A research project led by London Met’s George Fereday which offers sustainable, low-cost solutions to UK construction, will be showcased at the major climate conference COP26.
Unity and celebration through colour
London Met grad Yinka Illori served as headline speaker for Design London, and transforms the city’s pedestrian crossings for the London Design Festival.
London Design Festival: London Met students and alumni contribute new street sculptures
The ‘designpost’ sculptures aim to capture the spirit of one of the festival’s dedicated design districts.
Campaign launched to encourage 'bio-blitz'
The campaign encourages citizens to find as many species of animals, plants and fungi in their outdoor space as they can in one day.
London Met ranks sixth in UK for teaching quality in new Good Uni Guide
Overall, the University climbed 25 places in the Times and Sunday Times league table, with teaching quality and student experience shown to be of a particularly high standard.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Success
Jilly Topping, undergraduate Fine Arts BA student, has had her work included in this year’s show.
London Met surges in Guardian league tables
High scores in student satisfaction, value added and spend-per-student contributed to London Met rising 31 places in the league table.
London Met recognised for gender equality work
Bronze Athena Swan award a significant landmark as work begins on Silver accreditation.
The Master's Show
13 -18 September 2021
The dates have been announced for the School of Art, Architecture and Design's first on-site and in-person graduation exhibition since 2019.
Public lectures, talks and events 2021-22
Cities and Sacred Space – Seminar series 2021–22
The Living Memory of Cities, a seminar series convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and the The Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE), London Metropolitan University.
Kenneth Frampton – Megaform as Urban Landscape: Reflections on the Introspective City
Tuesday 19 October 2021, 5pm
Launch of Research Report and Photographic Exhibition: LamQ+
Wednesday 20 October 2021, 6-9pm
‘Understanding Lambeth’s LGBTQI+ Communities in Times of Coronavirus: A Mixed Methods Study’, an event organised by the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre.
Mapping Stories: Towards Grounded Urban Practices
Wednesday 6 October, 5pm
An Art, Architecture and Design Session hosted by CUBE.
Public lectures and talks 2021-22
An annual series of public lectures, talks and events at The School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Research Centres associated with our School of Art, Architecture and Design
Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources
An established academic research area investigating low-income settlements in urbanised environments, from degree through to PhD.
An established academic research area that strives to address critical urban challenges through a creative and collaborative approach.
The Research Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE) brings together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement.
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