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 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.
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Big Idea Challenge Success
Awards for Cass student and alumna in annual entrepreneurial competition- including overall winner.
1-30 June 2019
Solo exhibition of new printmaking work by postgraduate Fine Art alumnus of The Cass.
23 May 2019
Cass Fine Art tutor co-curates avant garde alternative to Eurovision Song Contest.
Cass student selected as Venice 2019 Fellow
Fine Art student awarded a fellowship and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.
BOXED at BDP
21-23 May 2019
Cass Furniture and Product Students exhibit project with leading designers SCP as part of Clerkenwell Design week 2019
Wild Souls: The Cass Fashion Salon 2019
6 June 2019
Annual showcase of work by graduating students from the BA (Hons) Fashion course at The Cass promises untamed imagination.
Architecture and Optimism
1 June 2019
Cass hosts event for London Festival of Architecture in collaboration with Lithuanian Art and Culture
Three dimensional success!
Record nominations for 3D design area in annual Student Union Awards as Simone Ten Hompel wins staff prize
2019 Students’ Union winners announced
The 2019 Students’ Union (SU) winners were announced in a glamourous awards ceremony in the Great Hall.
Alumnus in Makers Showcase
8-12 May 2019
Furniture and Product Design graduate Ray G Brown exhibits product as part of London Craft Week.
Imprecision: The Aesthetics of Failure
10-30 May 2019
Postgraduate Fine Art alumna Claire Zakiewicz announces solo exhibition during Venice Biennale.
EXHIBITION: Neither Here Nor There - Isha Bøhling
15 - 17 May 2019, 3-6pm
Open Field Artist in Residence Programme. Private View: 9 May, 5-8pm.
Graham Foundation Success
Cass alumnus and former Chevening Scholar awarded grant to develop book project.
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.
High streets: The Value of the Public
Thursday 23 May 2019, 6.30pm
In this session three speakers will give their different takes on husbandry of the public realm and how to value it in various contexts.
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.
Monday 20 May 2019, 7pm to 8.30pm
Perspectives from Aileen Ling, Zoe Powell and Rokiah Yaman on how local scale, ecologically sustainable systems can initiate social change.
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 of 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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Centres of research
Find out about the centres of research based in The Cass, and other research institutes, centres and units around the University.
Student and alumni profiles from The Cass
Students and alumni who have studied subjects now associated with The Cass give us their thoughts about studying at London Metropolitan University.