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 2018-19 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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Practitioners with links to The Cass make Stirling Award shortlist
Current and former Cass staff involved in innovative projects have been shortlisted for British architecture's most coveted prize.
Festival: Watch out for Nocturnal Creatures at The Cass
Saturday 20 July 2019
Artist Abigail Reynolds to create a multimedia installation in The Wash Houses for the Whitechapel Gallery’s Noctural Creatures festival.
More Than Matter - David Skingle
16-20 July 2019
Exhibition of work by the late David Skingle, artist and former Head of Printmaking at The Cass, opens in Gloucestershire
The Cass at the Interior Educators Summer Show
11 to 13 July 2019
Cass Interiors students exhibit as part of the Interior Educators (IE) Summer Show at the Old Truman Brewery.
Student architects showcase work at Blueprint for the Future
9-11 July 2019
Annual public event showcases the most exciting and innovative work from students at the UK’s leading architecture schools.
Acclaimed choir formed at The Cass presents: Le marteau sans maître
Saturday 6 July from 6.30pm
Musarc, the choir established at The Cass, present Le marteau sans maître their third ‘folk meet on a midsummer day until dusk‘ at the former Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
World Illustration Awards success for Cass tutor
Cass Architecture tutor Anna Mill wins prestigious annual prize for her work on graphic novel Square Eyes.
Architecture graduate wins prestigious scholarship
Merethe Granhus named among 2019 Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund winners.
Cass group wins top prize at UK's leading student photography showcase
As well as claiming the prize as part of The Cass collective student Angela Blažanović claims top individual prize.
Cass alumna presents new exhibition at The Scottish Gallery
Juliette Bigley uses base and precious metals to explore how we experience our emotional and physical place in the world
Exhibition: Shifting Stances
1 July - 2 December 2019
Cass lecturer curates exhibition in Italy exploring themes of identity and social change, and featuring work by several photographers who teach at The Cass.
Guardian select work by Cass student among exhibition favourites
Angela Blažanović’s, which piece reimagines the lost stories of discarded objects found along the River Thames, is part of Free Range 2019.
Exhibition: The Photographic Dog Show
20-23 June 2019
Cass tutors among exhibiting artists at Battersea Dog fundraising exhibition.
Hip Hip I'm Gay! Cass alumna's new show to start national tour
Theatre and Performance graduate Ashleigh Owen's comedy cabaret 'Hip Hip I'm Gay!' opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21 June before embarking on a national tour.
Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2018-19
Cass Research Workshops Summer Term 2019
14 May, 4 June, 24 June and 2 July
2018-19 series of Cass Research Workshops.
Sonic Arts Residency
Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April, from 12-6pm daily
A new Sonic Arts Residency, an artist in residence pilot, has just begun at London Metropolitan University.
High Streets Series
18 April and 23 May 2019
A collaboration between Cass Cities and The London Society, curated by Jane Clossick.
Who Cares? talks
Student-led architecture lecture series 2018-19
The Who Cares? talks are returning this year, tackling questions on the topic of humanitarian design both abroad and closer to home.
Interiors Cinema Club
Hidden Space series for 2019
Organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.
Design for Cultural Commons lecture series
Mondays, 6.30pm, The Wash Houses
Organised by Torange Khonsari.
Interiors Industry Lecture Series
Tuesdays at 5.30pm
Organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.
Cass Research Seminar 2018-19
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.
Open Field Residency Programme 2018–19
Artists residency at The Cass School of Art
The activity of Open Field provides insight into how artists practice.
Exhibition space at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
The Atrium at 16 Goulston Street Building, London E1 7TP
The Cass Hothouse Visual Communication talks 2018-19
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.
Public lectures and talks 2018-19
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 2018-19 academic year.
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