The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
Internationally recognised for high quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique opportunities.
The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University (The Cass) 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 Cass 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.
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 2017-18 studios.
Join award-winning architects, artists and designers
Recognition of students’ work is widespread. Furniture and product design student Charles Mugisha’s competition-winning street furniture was installed on Aldgate High Street and can be seen, and sat upon, as you walk to Aldgate station. Three students won awards at the prestigious RIBA President’s Medals 2016 for their innovative work in architecture and alumna Hannah Thompson was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Grant to be Senate House Library’s first artist-in-residence.
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 offer short course for you. 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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Being recognised for exceptional commitment to adult education
Oriana White, a mature student at London Metropolitan University, has been Highly Commended in the Festival of Learning, the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England.
The Cass Session 4 is published
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.
Lumen Prize Success
Cass Fine Art alumna Nye Thompson longlisted for international award for artists using technology.
Graduate stories: Sarai Bibby
Sarai joined London Met as a mature student to study textiles and found herself along the way.
Work of Cass student chosen for front cover of Architects’ Journal
Industry bible select work of Ross Kirker for their students' special edition
Architects for Health Success
Two students from The Cass have won awards in the Architects for Health Student Design Awards 2018
Portrait of Britain Success
Portrait by Cass Fine Art graduate shortlisted in British Journal of Photography competition to capture the face of a changing nation.
Celebrating our 2018 summer graduates
Hundreds of graduates celebrated their achievements at the Barbican Centre on what is undoubtedly one of the biggest days of their lives.
Graduate stories: Terry Ffrench-Graham
Terry Ffrench-Graham joined London Met as a mature student to pursue his passion for photography.
Architecture student work showcased at Blueprint for the Future public exhibition
The Cass architecture students showcase their work at Blueprint for the Future event
Brick Lane Girl
Photograph by Cass photography Alumna is a highlight of the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition curated by Grayson Perry
Cass alumnus wins prestigious Dulwich Pavilion competition
Yinka Ilori wins the Dulwich Pavilion competition organised by the London Festival of Architecture.
Improving social inclusion for London’s young people
London Met’s Widening Participation team work with young people across London and host a range of taster days to give tomorrow’s leaders a taste of university life.
Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2017-18
London Society Saturday Schools
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June 2018, 11.30am to 12.30pm
The London Society are running Saturday morning lectures at The Cass, in association with Cass Cities.
The Saturday Morning Planning School
01-29 September 2018 at The Cass, 18 Goulston St, E1 7TP
Join the Society for this informative series of Saturday morning talks with some of London's leading experts.
Open Field 2017-18
Artists residency at The Cass School of Art
The activity of Open Field provides insight into how artists practice.
The Cass Hothouse talks 2017-18
Organised by Cass Visual Communication
The in-house research, illustration and design collective from the Visual Communication department at The Cass. The collective hosts talks, events and works on commissions.
Cass Research Seminar
Organised by Dr Jane Clossick
Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.
Who Cares? talks
Student-led architecture lecture series 2017-18
The Who Cares? talks are returning this year, tackling questions on the topic of humanitarian design both abroad and closer to home.
Publishing and the Industry
Thursdays, 2 to 3pm, room TMG-45
Guest lecture series organised by The Cass English and Creative Writing lecturers.
Programme of events
Cass Culture is the event and writing platform of The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Interiors Cinema Club
Cass Interiors film screening series
Organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.
Design for Cultural Commons lecture series
Thursdays, 6.30pm, The Wash Houses
Organised by Torange Khonsari.
Public lectures and talks 2017-18
Annual Public Lectures and Talks series
An annual series of public lectures and talks on a wide variety of topics taking place at The Cass during the 2017-18 academic year.
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Student and alumni profiles from The Cass
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