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: White, Reveal the Colour
Friday 13 December 2019
Student-led winter fashion event at The Cass.
EVENT: The Cass Cracker 2019
Thursday 12 December 2019, 5pm to 8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity- and charity fundraiser auction.
EVENT: Aldgate Winter Fair and Lantern Parade
Friday 6 December 2019
Cass design students sell their work at annual winter fair.
Cass lecturer stages a performative intervention at the Tate Modern
Jacek Scarso's new multimedia installation 'The Pecking Order' is a ‘playful and absurdist’ multimedia experience.
EVENT: The Orrery - Musarc Winter Konsert at LCMF
Saturday 7 December 2019
Annual performance by architectural choir/ research group based at The Cass will form part of the London Contemporary Music Festival.
Architects with Cass connections wins competition to remasterplan one of Russia’s oldest cities.
The Novaya Zemlya consortium saw off competition from around the globe thanks to their ‘human-centred’ plans to create a compact city.
EVENT: Making a Living Week returns to the Cass
25-29 November 2019
Festival of employment brings students and creative industry professionals together.
Destiny Ekharaga finds success at the end of the f***ing world
Director and Cass alumna directs the second half of series two of the acclaimed drama.
EVENT: Cass to host Janet Hall Memorial Lecture
Thursday 21 November 6.30pm
Leading photographer Laura Pannack will speak about her personal projects at an event organised with London Independent Photographers.
Cass tutor publishes book about housing for ‘people out of the picture in the current market’
Pierre d’Avoine, an Architecture tutor, is launching his new book in the Netherlands during Dutch Design Week 2019
EVENT: Documenting Transforming Structures: Newly Carved Churches of Ethiopia
Cass architecture alumnus Tarn Philipp will be sharing his insights at a special event organised by The Anglo-Ethiopian Society on Tuesday 12 November.
Cass alumna creates new work for publication exploring public life through art
MArch alumna Jess Philips a piece exploring the Becontree Estate for ‘We’ve Got This: ethics, public service and art’
A New Life Awaits Hitchcock Academic
Cass lecturer Nick Haeffner retires from University to resume life as a cult recording artist over 30 years since his acclaimed debut album.
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.
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