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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COVID-19: London Met sew hundreds of masks for NHS
London Met staff have sewn and donated hundreds of face masks primarily to maternity wards in London, where staff are lacking protective gear as a result of the pandemic.
Cass students raise the bar
Furniture students design and build a new pop-up bar working in collaboration with industry ready for school social events in our post-social distancing future.
Textile Society Success
Cass student wins national bursary for project responding to her grandmother’s relocation to a nursing home.
ONLINE: Pandemic architecture: Adapting to the architecture of home-based work
26 and 30 March 2020, 6.30pm to 8pm
Cass Research present two online seminars led by Dr Frances Holliss, Emeritus Reader in Architecture.
Field of dreams
Architecture students explore materials and technology at Mudchute Farm workshop sponsored by BSW Timber in association with Grown in Britain.
EVENT: Her Story
11 to 29 March 2020
Exhibition at Aldgate library as part of Women’s History Month 2020 features photography by students, alumni and staff of The Cass.
3 to 8 March 2020
Photography alumna raising funds for Islington Mind as part of new exhibition.
EXHIBITION: Fine Art Year 1 Pop-Up series
A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.
EVENT: John Meunier and Patrick Lynch come to The Cass
Monday 9 March 2020, 6pm to 8pm
Cass Research are delighted to announce the first in the Cass Research Book Events.
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.
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 that 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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