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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.
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 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 2020–21 studios.
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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Fashion in Multiple Chinas
A book co-edited by London Met Professor Wessie Ling has just been released in paperback.
Recent graduates create striking National Student Survey campaign
Former Visual Communications students hope London Met campaign encourages final year students to give the gift of their experience to other students.
Crafts Council Success
Textiles alumna Majeda Clarke joins board of trustees for the national charity.
Praise for London Met Architecture books
A new edited collection and monograph from Professor Nicholas Temple have been described as 'remarkable,' and 'erudite and persuasive', respectively.
From Muppet to Maverick
Animator and director John Stevenson spoke to students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design about his career, from his start on the Muppets at 19, to directing Kung Fu Panda.
From protest to institutional change - Architecture, Race, Gender and Education
Over 200 attended an online event at which keynote speaker Lesley Lokko engaged with issues raised by MASS: Metropolitan Architecture Students Society. MASS asks, now what?
Double success for Textiles alumna
Jodie Barnacle Best joins the advisory board of Craft Scotland and publishes article about her Textile Society Student Award.
Your People, Your Places, Your Things
Deadline 31 March
The School of Art, Architecture and Design launches a national photography competition for school and college students.
Top designer meets Textiles students
Edward Crutchley spoke to a group of students about careers in design and the power of a good portfolio.
Performance/VR art installations from London Met receive accolade two years in a row
The Pecking Order, developed by London Met’s Jacek Ludwig Scarso will feature in the prestigious Aesthetica Prize Future Now Anthology.
Success for East End Archive
Books featuring work by renowned photographers move quickly to second edition, and project to feature on BBC Radio London.
Making a greener city through the civic inclusion of migrants
London Met research, which explores the opportunities for urban agriculture on the Bagmati riverbanks in Kathmandu, was named Frontiers of Architectural Research's best paper of 2020.
The role of festivals in urban life
Festival Cities, a new book by London Met’s Margaret Gold and Oxford Brooks’ John Gold charts the embedding of festivals in city planning and urban culture over time.
Staging and Re-cycling
A new book by John Keefe and Knut Ove Arntzen suggests a new form of dialogue between work, authors and readers, and draws out threads that extend both into the past and future.
Public lectures, talks and events 2020-21
Art, Architecture and Design Research Seminars 2020-21
Organised by Dr Jane Clossick
Art, Architecture and Design Research Seminars are a series of public conversations that bring together researchers and practitioners from The School of Art, Architecture and Design and the wider world, to present their research for review amongst peers.
Art, Architecture and Design Sessions 2020/21
Hosted by CREATURE (Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement) and CUBE (Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies)
AAD Sessions 2020/21: Hosted by CREATURE (Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement) and CUBE (Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies) are a series of public conversations that bring together researchers and practitioners from The School of Art, Architecture and Design and the wider world, to present their research for review amongst peers.
Online: Architectural Depth
Thursday 14 January 2021, 3-5pm GMT
The first in a series of interdisciplinary workshops asking how the built environment shapes our capacity to exercise autonomy in cities.
Online: Collaborating Care – Otherwise
Thursday 18 February 2021, 5:30-7pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CUBE.
Online: Creativity, Indeterminacy and Representation
Thursday 11 February 2021, 5:30-7pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CREATURE.
Online: David Leatherbarrow – Whole Parts: Urban Architecture, In and Out of Scale
Thursday 12 November 2020, 5pm
This is the first in a new seminar series The Living Memory of Cities convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and CUBE.
Online: Festival Cities
Thursday 4 February 2021, 5:30-7pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CREATURE, as part of In-Public's "Performance, Monuments and Public Spaces" series.
Online: Joint-Launch of CREATURE and CUBE Research Centres
Thursday 25 February 2021, 5:30-7.30pm GMT
Online: Neighbourhood Depth
Thursday 28 January 2021, 3-5pm GMT
The second in a series of interdisciplinary workshops asking how the built environment shapes our capacity to exercise autonomy in cities.
Online: Revisiting counter-monuments
Thursday 21 January 2021, 1-2pm GMT
An Art, Architecture and Design Session hosted by CREATURE, as part of IN-PUBLIC's "Performance, Monuments and Public Spaces" series.
Online: Subjectivity of Language in Metropolitan Architecture
Thursday 28 January 2021, 5.30-7pm GMT
An Art, Architecture and Design Session hosted by CUBE.
Online: Peter Carl – The Enigma of Embodiment
Wednesday 9 December 2020, 5pm
This is the second in a new seminar series The Living Memory of Cities convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and CUBE.
The Living Memory of Cities – Seminar series 2020–21
Series organised by José de Paiva as a collaboration between Eric Parry Architects and the Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE).
Online: Carolyn Steel – Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World
Wednesday 13 January 2021, 5pm
This is the third in a new seminar series The Living Memory of Cities, convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and CUBE.
Online: City Depth
Thursday 11 February 2021, 3-5pm GMT
The third in a series of interdisciplinary workshops asking how the built environment shapes our capacity to exercise autonomy in cities.
Online: Imagination, Form, Fiction
Thursday 12 November 2020, 6.30pm
Sunny Singh and Aleks Catina will speak about the relationship between architectural space and fiction, chaired by Trevor Norris.
Online: Future Inquiry
Thursday 25 February 2021, 3-5pm GMT
The last in a series of interdisciplinary workshops asking how the built environment shapes our capacity to exercise autonomy in cities.
Online: Hermeneutics and Ceremony
Thursday 19 November 2020, 6.30pm
A talk by Christian Frost and Nicholas Temple.
Online: William Mann – Untimely Buildings
Tuesday 16 February 2021, 5pm
This is the fourth in a new seminar series The Living Memory of Cities, convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and CUBE.
Online: The invention of narrative
Thursday 26 November 2020, 6.30pm
Ania Dabrowska and Ektoras Arkomanis discuss approaches to incomplete narratives and their allure.
Online: Vivien Lovell – The Art of Urban Memory
Wednesday 17 March 2021, 5pm
This is the fifth in a new seminar series The Living Memory of Cities, convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and CUBE.
Online: Patrick Lynch - Civic Ground in the City of Westminster and Hackney
Tuesday 27 April 2021, 5pm
This is the sixth in a new seminar series The Living Memory of Cities, convened in collaboration with Eric Parry Architects and CUBE.
Online: Wild Ways
Thursday 10 December 2020, 6.30pm
Siân Moxon and Dr Justin Webb discuss Wild Ways – a scoping study on influencing pro-environmental behaviours to facilitate urban rewilding.
School of Art, Architecture and Design – Practice research portfolios
Series Editors: Matthew Barac and Jane Clossick.
Interesting Times in Venice – CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
12 October - 11 December 2020
The exhibition shows creative responses from Fellows of the British Council, following their month in Venice during the Biennale Arte 2019.
LIP Talk Series 2020-21
Photography lecture series organised by London Independent Photography in partnership with the School of Art, Architecture and Design, organised by Jenny Nash.
Now What: Perspectives on the City
MASS – Metropolitan Architecture Student Society
Wednesday 24 February: In conversation with Jacqueline Bleicher, Sumita Singha and David Ogunmuyiwa. Hosted by MASS.
Online: Book launch and talk: When I was at Art School in the 90s
Thursday 26 November 2020, 7pm-8pm
Launch of a new zine by photographer Marc Vallée, including talks and Q&A.
Online: LIP – Post Punctum Talks by David George
Wednesday 4 November 2020, 7pm-8.30pm
London Independent Photography (LIP) proudly presents David George.
Online: Susan Andrews London Independent Photography Talk
Thursday 25 February 2021, 7-8.30pm
London Independent Photography proudly presents Susan Andrews.
Public lectures and talks 2020–21
An annual series of public lectures, talks and events at The School of Art, Architecture and Design.
The Commons, Community and Post-Covid Recovery
Thursday 25 March 2021, 4.30-5.30pm
This 45-minute talk will look at harnessing values of post-COVID mutual aid groups.
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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