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 and fashion photography, English literature and creative writing, theatre arts, Architecture, and Design, which includes fashion, fashion textiles and textiles, interiors, product and furniture design, 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 and metal workshops, print rooms, darkrooms and digital manufacturing technology. Our regular exhibitions, including our annual Summer Show and Post Graduate and Research Exhibition, 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 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
Recognition of students’ work is widespread:
- Annually, students are selected for the month-long Venice Biennale fellowships through the British Council. This year these were awarded to Estelle Curtins, Agnes Fouda, Ella Wragg and Christina Morris
- Students regularly received awards or commendations at the annual RIBA Presidents Medals Awards including Ian Davide Bugarin and Conor Lawless in 2021 and Oliver Reynolds in 2022
- Fine Art undergraduate Jilly Topping had her work shown at the Royal Academy Summer Show
- Photography graduate Mina Boromand was awarded The Royal Photographic Society Women in Photography Bursary 2022
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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London Met alumni Antonio Capelao launches Architecture for Kids podcast series
A new podcast that aims to engage children and young people in discussions about the built environment has been launched by London Metropolitan University alum, Antonio Capelao.
London Met unveils its 2024 National Student Survey campaign
MA Graduate Arpita Hajare describes how she created a 'simple, crisp yet meaningful piece of design' for London Met's NSS campaign.
CREATURE partners The Liliesleaf Trust UK secure £1.2 million for anti-apartheid legacy project
London Met's Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE) will collaborate with the Trust on a rolling programme of art based heritage projects.
London Met are planting for the future
Staff and student project from the School of Art, Architecture and Design to plant 420 saplings as part of Woodland Trust scheme.
London Met staff and archives feature in Hackney Museum exhibition
Co-curated by Emeritus Reader Susan Andrews, ‘At Home in Hackney’ features photography lecturers from the University, alongside images from the Special Collections.
The Africa Centre and London Met collaborate on Afropolitan culture series
London Afropolitan, an event held in September, adopted the African diaspora experience as a starting point for exploring the future of London’s culture of architecture and design.
London Met to host new exhibition on East London's Brady Girls' Club
'We are the Brady Girls' will be exhibited at the Aldgate campus through October and November.
London Met achieves Silver in Teaching Excellence Framework
The university demonstrates impressive progress through robust student experience and outcome strategy.
London Met MA art students deliver impactful performances and workshops at new installation
The ambitious project was commissioned to celebrate local community history in collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture and Aldgate BID.
London Met academic shines at Edinburgh Fringe once again
Rishi Trikha’s show Stuntman received widespread acclaim at the world renowned arts and culture festival.
London Met student wins Gold Award at the 2023 Association of Photographer's Student Awards
London Met's BA Photography was also voted 'Course of the Year' and course leader James Cant was also voted 'Lecturer of the Year'.
London Met students and staff collaborate with Youth Beyond Borders for the King's Coronation
Staff and students from the School of Art, Architecture, and Design worked with the youth focused agency to create artwork displayed at the King’s Coronation.
London Met sees Venice Biennale success
Two current students join the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale as Fellows at the British Pavilion 'Dancing Before the Moon', which was curated by a team including London Met alumni
London Met hosts discussion on accessibility and ethics within architecture
AAD staff, industry professionals, and visiting academics held an extensive discussion exploring ‘Architectures of Care’ and the creation of equitable and sustainable communities.
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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