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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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Echoes in time
London Met's graduating Theatre Arts students will deliver an online theatre festival on 13, 14 and 15 May 2021, streaming live from Shoreditch Town Hall.
Yinka Ilori designs winner's trophies for the Brit Awards 2021
The lockdown during the ongoing pandemic inspired this year’s designs.
London Met rewilding project wins MIT prize
The project provides a vision of the role London can play as a model for cities worldwide in resetting our relationship with nature.
Film grad showcases work at Film Festival
CUPBOARDS, a poetry film by recent graduate Tamanna Jahan, was shown at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.
Doyenne of Barking: London Met architecture alumna wins Female Frontier Award
The Female Frontier Awards recognise remarkable, talented and visionary women of all ages, at every level across global architecture.
Big Idea Challenge grand champion launches underwear start-up
MERRI Intimates, which took home the top prize at London Met’s enterprise competition last year, is raising funds for unique, beautiful underwear which promotes gynaecological health.
Designing the Cultural Commons
In early May, students and tutors on London Met's Design for the Cultural Commons courses will be delivering a series of exciting workshops at the Design Museum.
Covid testing at London Met: "Quick, easy and important to keep each other safe"
Student Union President Chrystalle Margallo discusses her experience of being tested for Covid at London Met.
London Met alum takes lead in Netflix's 'Dead Places'
Performing Arts BA graduate Anthony Oseyemi plays the starring role of Will Stone in the supernatural Netflix series.
Building the case for equitable spaces
London Met's Dr Anna Marazuela Kim joins stalwarts from the world of engineering and design for a Dezeen x Buro Happold virtual event.
London Met statement on anti-Asian racism
We are outraged at the rise in racially motivated attacks targeted at East-Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Island people in the UK and around the world.
Ghabrana Nahin Hai: London Met project featured on Platform Asia
A collaborative film made by Digital Media Associate Lecturer Joel Chernin and Fine Arts MFA alumna Shanzay Subzwari highlights the juxtaposing rhetorics of pandemic politics.
An academic difference: value of London Met Theatre and Performance degrees highlighted by the Stage
A new report looks at how London Met's theatre and performance courses create future leaders, and the value that theatre degrees can offer students over traditional drama schools.
Do temporary interventions bring permanent change?
A talk by London Met’s Sandra Denicke-Polcher questioned what permanent change in architecture looks like.
Public lectures, talks and events 2020-21
Online exhibition: "A Rose is a Rose is a..."
Exhibition walkthrough: Thursday 25 March 2021, 10am
Celebrating Women's History Month through photography.
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: Kitchen Table Monumentalism
Thursday 18 March 2021, 1-2pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CREATURE as part of Public Face's "Performance, Monuments and Public Spaces" series.
Online: Monuments and Democracy – a paradox or fruitful combo?
Thursday 22 April 2021, 1-2pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CREATURE, as part of Public-Face's "Performance, Monuments and Public Spaces" series.
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: One and Three Buildings
Thursday 15 April 2021, 5.30-7pm GMT
An Art, Architecture and Design Session hosted by CUBE.
Online: Performative Monuments
Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30-7pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CREATURE.
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: Sonic Environments: exploring the potential listening
Thursday 25 March 2021, 5.30-7pm GMT
An AAD Session hosted by CUBE.
Online: Staging and Re-cycling
Thursday 29 April 2021, 1-2pm GMT
An AAD Books Session hosted by CREATURE.
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: Philip Christou - Poetic Transformations of Topography
Tuesday 25 May 2021, 5pm
This is the seventh and final seminar in the first season of our series entitled 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.
Echoes in Time – Ten Tales of Love and Loss, Deceit and Desire
Thursday 13, Friday 14, Saturday 15 May at 7.30pm
Graduating theatre arts students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design invite you to our 2021 online theatre festival!
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.
Multicultural Art Institutions at the Crossroads: Institutional Art Archives
Thursday 4 March 2021, 12pm
Institutional Art Archives: Part 1 of the "Multicultural Art Institutions at the Crossroads" series conceived by CREATURE and CFCCA.
Multicultural Art Institutions at the Crossroads: Pressing Challenges
Wednesday 14 April 2021, 5pm
Pressing Challenges: Part 2 of the "Multicultural Art Institutions at the Crossroads" series conceived by CREATURE.
MASS at Met: Now What
Metropolitan Architecture Student Society (MASS)
MASS – Metropolitan Architecture Student Society is run by the students of the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Met.
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.
Now What: Re-thinking Practice
MASS – Metropolitan Architecture Student Society
Wednesday 17 March: In conversation with Hani Salih, Amahra Spence and Thomas Aquilina. 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.
Online: Tom Hunter London Independent Photography Talk
Thursday 25 March 2021, 7-8.30pm
London Independent Photography proudly presents Tom Hunter.
Public lectures and talks 2020–21
An annual series of public lectures, talks and events at The School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Re-defining Public Art
Online event: Tuesday 13 April 2021, 4-5.30pm
Part of our London Met Lab: Empowering London lecture series.
Reorienting Cultural Creativity: Collecting and (Re)presenting Global Culture in Museum
Thursday 3 June 2021, from 4pm to 6pm
This Interdisciplinary Research Forum (IRF) event is run in conjunction with CREATURE. The Transcultural Exchanges and Network research strand of CREATURE convenes “Reorienting Cultural Creativity”, a research series on the tactics of resistance in institutionalised establishments and postcolonial processes of globalisation. In an attempt to add new prospects and visions to the existing set-up of art and culture, the series redresses the balance for an actor-oriented approach.
Reorienting Cultural Creativity: Economic Femininity and Gender Violence
Thursday 27 May 2021, from 5.30pm to 7pm
Running in conjunction with the Centre for Global Diversities and Inequalities, Economic Femininity and Gender Violence brings together Professor Kate Maclean at Northumbria University and Dr Maria López at London Metropolitan University.
Reorienting Cultural Creativity: The Making of African Fashion Studies
Thursday 20 May 2021, from 1pm to 2pm
Co-hosting with London Metropolitan University’s BAME Network through Black History 365, CREATURE brings together African Fashion Research Institute (AFRI) for a discussion on the development of a decolonial focus for African fashion studies.
The Common Mill: Constructing a new model for a localised fashion industry
Thursday 15 April 2021, 4.30-5.30pm
This talk will unpack a vision for a localised fashion economy rooted in the anti-extractivist discourse of the commons.
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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