By studying to become an artist or photographer at London Metropolitan University, you’ll be joining The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design’s proud list of students, which includes famous artists such as Sam Taylor-Wood, John Cecil Stephenson and Professor Gerard Hemsworth.
Our fine art and photography courses can equip you for a career in the arts – as an artist, illustrator, photographer or in many other creative roles. Our graduates have gone on to be successful in a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, design, film and photography. Many have also won prestigious awards including the Royal Academy’s British Institution Award, the John Ruskin Drawing Prize and the ARTIQ Graduate Art Prize.
As well as having many opportunities to exhibit their work during their course, our graduates have gone on to exhibit in galleries all over the world including in Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, New York, Milan and Singapore. Many of our graduates have also seen their work on display in the UK – at the Royal College of Art, Ashmolean Museum, V&A, British Library and as part of the Government Art Collection.
“The workshops are amazing – sculpture, printing, metal, wood, photography... you name it. Everything is possible!”
Gwen Anderson – Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate, now a mixed media artist working with combinations of tarnished metal leaf, acrylic and photo transfers.
Our undergraduate art and photography courses
Art and Design (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
Explore a range of subjects during an initial foundation year, and develop the skills you require to progress onto one of our art or design undergraduate degree courses.
Fashion Photography (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
This course is designed to help you build a portfolio of work and gain the necessary skills to begin an undergraduate degree at The Cass.
Fashion Photography (Top-up) - BA (Hons)
The Fashion Photography BA (Top-up) degree encourages you to approach photographic practices through challenging and exciting projects.
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 (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
This four-year degree degree with an in-built foundation year is ideal if you don't meet the necessary requirements to enter a three-year undergraduate degree in fine art or painting.
Fine Art (Top-up) - BA (Hons)
On this superb fine art degree you'll be taught by internationally renowned artists in our state-of-the-art facilities, attend international events and gain all the skills and expertise you need to succeed as an artist or in the art world.
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.
Illustration and Animation (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
This four-year degree is an excellent choice if you don't have the necessary qualifications to apply for our traditional three-year degree in illustration and animation.
Illustration and Animation (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)
The Illustration and Animation BA (Top-up) will teach you skills in image-making and visual storytelling including children's books, graphic novels and app design.
Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) - BA (Hons)
Our Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) degree has a preparatory semester to teach you the essentials of illustration.
Illustration and Animation - BA (Hons)
The Illustration and Animation BA degree will teach you skills in image-making and visual storytelling including children's books, graphic novels and app design.
Painting (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
This course will allow you to explore your potential in different creative practices and establish an individual direction.
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 (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
Ideal if you can't meet the entry criteria for a standard three-year degree, this photography course includes an intensive foundation year to prepare you for undergraduate study.
Photography (Top-up) - BA (Hons)
Step into our stimulating, challenging and creative Photography undergraduate course located in the heart of London's arts and media hub.
News and success stories from our art and photography courses
LIVENESS: The Cass Summer Show 2020
29 June - 10 July 2020
Annual celebration of student work will see launch of ambitious new online portal and event project.
Katherine Araniello Bursary Award
Deadline 30 April
Bursaries honour memory of leading artist, disability activist and Cass Fine Art alumna.
Stay Home, Make Art
Artist and Cass Professor Bob and Roberta Smith is setting a creative project a day for his students – and the world.
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: 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.
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.
Symposium: The Animal Gaze Constructed
International symposium and exhibition announced at The Cass for March 2020.
EXHIBITION: Queering Space
30 January to 12 February 2020
New exhibition by artist and Cass Textiles course leader James Hunting.
The Forest is the Museum
25 January to 30 March 2020
Arts organisation run by Cass foundation lecturer presents new exhibition by Abigail Lane and Lala Meredith-Vula.
Fine Art lecturer’s paintings the subject of new exhibition
Michael Stubbs: Small Scale Works will be exhibited at the Glasgow School of Arts from 10 Jan 2020 - 2 Feb 2020.
EVENT: Dafna Talmor and Lucy Levene
Thursday 23 January 2020 at 6.30pm
Latest lecture in series organised by London Independent Photography in partnership with The Cass.
Double success for photography Alumna
Two exhibitions in the capital for recent Photography graduate Angela Blažanović.