The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
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.
Latest news from The Cass
Matthew Gregorowski named as one for four winners of Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA)
Entry deadline: Midnight on Monday 2 July 2018
Cass Projects and Tower Hamlets Council are delighted to announce the launch of a artwork competition.
Designs by Cass Alumni Casswell Banks and Yinka Ilori make final of Dulwich Pavilion competition organized by the London Festival of Architecture.
The Cass to exhibit at Europe’s largest annual architecture festival.
Cass architecture alumnus is one of ten winners in design competition from London Festival of Architecture
Top animator Richard Haynes to exhibit postgraduate project exploring nostalgia at The Cass Summer Show
Art courses at The Cass ranked fourth in The Guardian’s University League tables 2019.
Cass alumna Laura Nunziante releases novel Salute!
25 May- 5 July
A selection of photographs and memorabilia from the Brady Clubs Archive exhibited at Aldgate gallery
Postgraduate students from across the University had the opportunity to present their research findings to students from other areas, promoting cross-collaboration and peer-review.
Cass Architecture Lecturer is selected for groundbreaking scheme pacing new generation of planners in local government
The Cass is delighted to announce two high level appointments at the school: Peter St John as Professor of Architecture, and Dr Matthew Barac as Reader in Architecture.
Cass furniture students exhibiting their work at two events during celebrated annual design festival.
Senior lecturer Chi Roberts shares some exciting news about this year's Cass Foundation course shows.
18 May-9 November 2018
Work by Cass Photography alumni features in major exhibition at Museum of London Metropolitan University.
Public lectures, talks and events from The Cass 2017-18
Artists residency at The Cass School of Art
The activity of Open Field provides insight into how artists practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cass Interiors film screening series
Organised by Kaye Newman, The Cass Head of Interiors.
Thursdays, 6.30pm, The Wash Houses
Organised by Torange Khonsari.
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.
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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