Cass Fine Art

Serena Lucia Geromel, 'I Want More Give Me More' (2017) - Fine Art Studio 1

Cass Fine Art

Cass Fine Art is based in modern, purpose-built art studios, opposite the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End; a cultural quarter famous for its fringe and contemporary art galleries. 

The Fine Art and Photography courses offer practice-based studios that set out to prepare you for your future career whether it’s as an artist, curator, or filmmaker. You will be taught by artists, professional practitioners and industry experts. With support to develop the specialist technical, conceptual and professional skills required for future practice in your chosen subject. 

Working in a creative and lively environment, where cross over and collaboration are actively encouraged, students participate in studio based practice and ‘live projects’. Public screenings and exhibitions offer valuable opportunities to engage with industry partners and professional contexts as are part of our culture and ethos. 

Cass Fine Art Studios

Studio Photo 01: The Subjective Eye

Ania Dabrowska and Mick Williamson

This photography studio concentrates on developing your professional practice within a fine art context, preparing you for your career within photography and the visual arts. Understanding the meaning of photographs beyond its immediate subject matter will help you to access the full power of the medium, where subject, author and audience come together.

Studio Photo 02: Beyond the Surface

Paola Leonardi and Heather McDonough

Beyond the Surface is a photography studio that shows you how to mix art with work and use your own contemporary imagery towards a career in photography. Get your aesthetic identity right - join this studio!

Studio Art 03: The Hole in the Screen

Patrick Ward and Jonathan Whitehall

The Hole and the Screen is a lively contemporary art studio focused on how negative space works in moving image in art theory and in art practice. Video, film, sound and photography all play their part. All-comers welcome!

Studio Art 04: Open Field

Ben Cain and Janette Parris

Open Field is a very special art studio dedicated to providing art students with hands-on work-related learning alongside artists as they undertake art residencies at the Cass. All Year 2 art students will pass through this studio for one of the residencies.

Studio Art 05: I Love Painting Things

Bob and Roberta Smith, Andrea Medjesi-Jones

This art studio is aimed at art students who want to paint! That’s any aspect of paint, not just formal work on canvas, but also painting sculptures, ceramics and using paint in performance. This is the one for you!

Studio Art 06: Making the Stone Stony

Rosemarie McGoldrick and Peter Fillingham

We love art, talking about art and making it! If your work is about “the life of stuff”, how artists relate to ‘things’ differently from objects and non-objects, then Making the Stone Stony is the studio for you.

Undergraduate courses

Fashion Photography - BA (Hons)

With strong industry links and a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, the Fashion Photography BA degree encourages you to approach photographic practices through challenging and exciting projects.

Fine Art - BA (Hons)

Do you want artists as tutors, to work in amazing studios and have the creative city of London at your door? Study our Fine Art BA at The Cass.

Painting - BA (Hons)

If you love painting, this is the degree for you. You'll study the art form in practice as well as its history, culture and position in contemporary art.

Photography - BA (Hons)

Step into our stimulating, challenging and creative Photography BA undergraduate course located in the heart of London's arts and media hub.

Postgraduate courses

MA by Project - MA

This unique research degree is tailored to opening new opportunities in creative practice, professional and academic fields. The course provides unparalleled access to a range of resources within a stimulating and creative environment.

Master of Fine Arts - MFA

You'll have your own studio space and the opportunity to work on a professionally commissioned brief on our Master of Fine Arts course.

Recent Successes

People

Patrick Brill

Associate Professor

Teaches on BA (Hons) Fine Art studios and MA Fine Art.

Ben Cain

Senior Lecturer teaching in to BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Fine Art

British artist who trained at Manchester Metropolitan and Maastricht.

Lisa Cerutti

PhD Candidate (supervisors: Chris Smith, Linden Reilly, Dr. Mathew Philip)

Started her career in 1986 as a painter, sculptor, architectural decorator, restorer, set designer and product designer.

Richard Ducker

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

British artist who trained at Reading and Goldsmiths.

Deej Fabyc

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

Deej Fabyc is a British artist with Australian citizenship, who has a MFA from the University of New South Wales.

Peter Fillingham

Peter is a senior lecturer for the Fine Art BA with The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Fred Gatley

Senior Technician - Ceramics

Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, (MIMMM) and also a Member of the Craft Potters Association.

Damian Grist

Senior Technician - Printroom

Completed a MA in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University.

Andrew Hewish

Coordinator of Critical Contextual Studies (Art and Photography)

Andrew Hewish is a contemporary artist and curator in London, who works in a variety of media.

David Howells

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

David Howells is a British writer and artist who trained at London Guildhall and Middlesex.

Dr Pil and Dr Galia Kollectiv

Lecturers teaching on the Fine Art BA (Hons) and Fine Art MA.

Pil and Galia Kollectiv are London based artists, writers and curators working in collaboration.

Rosemarie McGoldrick

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fine Art

Rosemarie McGoldrick is a London-based sculptor and installation artist who has shown nationally and internationally.

Andrea Medjesi-Jones

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

Andrea Medjesi-Jones is a British artist who trained at Goldsmiths College (University of London).

Nico de Oliveira

Course Leader, MA Curating the Contemporary

Nicolas de Oliveira is a writer and curator.

Dr Mike Stubbs

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

Mike Stubbs is a British artist who trained at Bath and Goldsmiths.

Francesca Vilalta

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

Francesca Vilalta is a Catalan artist who trained at London Guildhall and Central St Martins.

Jonathan Whitehall

Teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art

Jonathan Whitehall is a British artist who trained at Goldsmiths, University of Leeds and has a Fine Art PhD from the Royal College.

Mick Williamson

Senior Lecturer, Acting Course Leader BA (Hons) Photography and teaches in to BA (Hons) Fine Art

Mick Williamson is a British artist who trained at Medway College of Art.

Recent news from The Cass

28 Brick Lane - Street art competition opens for student submissions

Entry deadline: Midnight on Monday 2 July 2018

Cass Projects and Tower Hamlets Council are delighted to announce the launch of a artwork competition.

Brady Clubs at The Loom

25 May- 5 July

A selection of photographs and memorabilia from the Brady Clubs Archive exhibited at Aldgate gallery

Cass Summer Shows 2018 – dates announced

Students from London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.

The Brady Clubs: An East End Community

2-18 May 2018

New exhibition explores pioneering East End youth clubs through photography and memorabilia.

Ikebana, performance and art

Special Guest Lecturer Takaya Fujii gives students insight into contemporary work inspired by ancient Japanese tradition.

Discover: Works Inspired By Found Objects

MA By Project student's work feature in online exhibition by Garland Magazine.

EXHIBITION: Fine Art Year 1 Pop-Up series

Various dates and locations

A series of pop-up exhibitions curated by first year Fine Art students.

EXHIBITION: A Connection Is Made

Student led curatorial group present exhibition exploring collaboration at The Cass.

Design for Cultural Commons

March- May 2018

Lecture series curated by Torange Khonsari coincides with launch of new postgraduate programme.

Cass Alumnus presents first solo exhibition

Fine Art Graduate has presented his first solo exhibition at Cavespace, London

Cass Christmas Cracker 2017

Thursday, 14 December, 3-8pm

The twelfth annual open studios at Calcutta House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.

Celebration week 2017

20-24 February

Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of invited critics.

OBE for London Met artist and lecturer

Cass artist Patrick Brill, aka Bob and Roberta Smith, receives New Year's Honour for services to art.

Cass Christmas Cracker 2016

Thursday, 15 December, 3-9pm

The eleventh annual open studios at Central House features exhibition by Fine Art BA and Photography BA students and a pop up exhibition by first year architects.

Cass student artwork on display on Holloway campus

Paulina Glimas among exhibiting artists

Artwork by Cass students will be displayed in the University's Holloway buildings, enlivening the area and providing inspiration to undergraduates.