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 2019-20 studios.
Join award-winning architects, artists and designers
Recognition of students’ work is widespread:
- Amanda Gunasinghe, a 2018 graduate from Interior Design BA at The Cass, 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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Rewild My Street makes London Wildlife Trust pledge
Siân Moxon, founder of Rewild My Street, will issue a new image every day in June to help the public transform their urban environments.
Taboo: A Festival of Faux Pas
28-30 May 2020
Live stream theatre arts and performance festival will tackle unspoken and challenging themes.
Golden Trezzini Awards
Andy Stone, Head of The Cass joins international jury for prestigious international prize.
Cass alumna debuts first picture book to critical acclaim
Momoko Abe’s ‘Avocado Asks’ has been named as one of the Guardian’s best new children’s books and her work has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards.
Cass tutor promoted to Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts
Sunny Singh, award-winning writer and senior lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at The Cass, has been promoted to the title of Professor.
The Jhalak Prize 2020
Shortlist announced for prize for UK writers of colour co-founded by Cass academic Sunny Singh.
Katherine Araniello Bursary Award
Deadline 30 April
Bursaries honour memory of leading artist, disability activist and Cass Fine Art alumna.
AJ Small Projects Win
Students on Cass Diploma Unit 7 win sustainable project prize in prestigious national award.
Rewilding the streets of London
Using design research methods, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Interior Design Siân Moxon reimagines London’s streets for the benefits of wildlife and people.
Campaign for connectedness and mental health during COVID-19
Jo Garner, Artist in Residence at The Cass, has launched a project focused on gaining a sense of community through badges during the pandemic.
Two performances from London Met theatre artist among 'best of the year'
Senior lecturer Rishi Trikha worked on ‘Everything I See I Swallow’ and ‘The Chosen Haram’, which the Stage newspaper named among the best shows of 2019.
Home-working during the COVID-19 pandemic
Trying to replicate the office isn't the best strategy while working from home, says Emeritus Reader in Architecture, Frances Holliss, but there are many ways to adapt and thrive.
London Met launches Centre for Life Writing and Oral History
Dr Anne Karpf talks about the launch, which took place at the Writing Black Lives event.
AJ Small Projects Award success
Students on Cass Diploma Unit 7 shortlisted for prestigious national prize, with three practices led by Cass alumni also in the running.
Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2019-20
Material Lectures: 2019-20
Tuesday lunchtimes, 1pm to 1.45pm
Interiors Lecture Series organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.
ONLINE CREATIVE EXCHANGE: Shepherd Manyika
20 April – 29 May 2020
Artist-in-residence at The Cass: Shepherd Manyika will be exploring interesting approaches to managing online creative exchange.
The Visual Communication Talk Series 2019–20
Thursdays, 1.15pm to 2pm
The Cass Visual Communication talks feature leading industry creatives in the fields of visual communication, illustration, animation, graphic design and publishing.
Form-Givers Lecture Series
Fridays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
This lecture series is about young practices throughout Europe, organised by senior lecturer James Payne.
Cass Research Seminar 2019-20
Organised by Dr Jane Clossick
Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations that bring together researchers and practitioners from The Cass and the wider world, to present their research for review amongst peers.
ONLINE RECORDING: Studio Binocle - Part of The Architecture Foundation 100 Day Studio
Friday 24 April 2020, 7pm to 8pm
A lecture by Lorenzo Bini.
SCREENED LIVE: Jones Neville - Part of The Architecture Foundation 100 Day Studio
Friday 1 May 2020, 7pm to 8pm
A screened live lecture by Simon Jones.
LIP Talk Series at The Cass
Photography lecture series organised by London Independent Photography in partnership with The Cass.
SCREENED LIVE: ParkLee, hosted by Philip Christou
Thursday 14 May 2020, 1pm to 2pm
A screened live lecture "Form Found From The Ordinary" - Part of The Architecture Foundation 100 Day Studio.
Publishing and the Industry guest lecture series
A lecture series organised by The Cass English and Creative Writing area.
Open Field Residency Programme 2019-20
Artists residency at The Cass School of Art
The activity of Open Field provides insight into how artists practice.
MASS Architecture Forum
Metropolitan Architecture Student Society (MASS)
MASS is run by the students of The Cass at London Met.
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