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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EVENT: Karen Knorr: Transcultural Migrations
Thursday 27 February 2020 at 6.30pm
Talk by leading photographer as part of series in collaboration with London Independent Photographers.
Writing Black Lives
A free, open event at London Met will explore the Black British experience through creative writing and oral history.
Book Launch: The East End Archive at The Cass
26 March 2020, 6pm to 8.30pm
New Café Royal Box-set features work by renowned photographers Diane Bush, Brian Griffin, Tom Hunter and Mike Seaborne.
RE-PRACTICE, RE-VISIT, RE-TURN
21 February - 14 June 2020
Postgraduate Architecture students exhibit in Antwerp as part of international project.
Symposium: The Animal Gaze Constructed
International symposium and exhibition announced at The Cass for March 2020.
Loewe Foundation Craft Prize success
Cass alumna is shortlisted for prestigious international award.
Things Fall Apart by IYANU
Friday 14 February 2020, at 11pm
Cass alumna debuts new collection at London Fashion Week.
EVENT: Architecture and the Culture of Understanding
Thursday 20 February 2020 at 6.30pm
Professorial lecture by Cass Head of Architecture, Professor Christian Frost.
BA Fashion students prepare for PROJECT RED 2020
21st February, 5.45pm
Students at the Cass have been gearing up for the 6th annual first year catwalk show.
Architecture grad named ‘emerging star’ with new award nomination
Stefanie Rhodes has been shortlisted for the 2020 Moira Gemhill Prize, a global award for women in architecture.
The Forest is the Museum
25 January to 30 March 2020
Arts organisation run by Cass foundation lecturer presents new exhibition by Abigail Lane and Lala Meredith-Vula.
EXHIBITION: Queering Space
30 January to 12 February 2020
New exhibition by artist and Cass Textiles course leader James Hunting.
Fine Art lecturer’s paintings the subject of new exhibition
Michael Stubbs: Small Scale Works will be exhibited at the Glasgow School of Arts from 10 Jan 2020 - 2 Feb 2020.
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.
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 which bring together researchers and practitioners from The Cass and the wider world, to present their research for review amongst peers.
LIP Talk Series at The Cass
Photography lecture series organised by London Independent Photography in partnership with The Cass.
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.
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