Sir John Cass Department Of Art, Media And Design

The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design is located within a vibrant community of galleries, designers, artists, museums and cultural industries that surround the City campus.

The staff are well known and respected within their specialist areas and our record is one of the strongest in the sector, with art and design scoring an excellent 23 out of 24 in the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) subject review.

The "Cass" is situated on the East London City fringe, a vibrant area recognised as a centre of excellence for both art and design. This unique environment of commerce, art galleries and design workshops exposes our students to the highest levels of professional practice.

We offer a wide range of courses from City and Guilds through diploma and degree level to taught masters and research. We received "excellent" ratings of 23 out of 24 in the most recent Art and Design subject reviews by the QAA, who assess all UK universities.

Our size, diversity and international reputation, and our focus on the practical application of creativity have established the Departme... [ Read All ]


United Kingdom

31 Jewry Street
Phone: 020 7423 0000

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Our Aims

London Metropolitan University is committed to providing excellent educational and knowledge transfer services, engaging with real-world issues, transforming individuals and society, and enabling students to achieve their potential and London to succeed as a world city.  

Location and Getting there

We are located on the City Campus of London Metropolitan University, on two sites:

Central House
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF


41 Commercial Road
London E1 1LA
T 020 7133 4200

Nearest tube: Aldgate East, District Line
Nearest Rail: Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street
For a map go to$-map.cfm


Department and information about the department

With 2500 Students over two large sites in London's thriving creative and cultural quarter, 'The Cass' is one of the largest 'art schools' in London. We have an illustrious history and heritage and maintain strong links with the livery companies, guilds, and worshipful companies of the City. Our future looks set to be equally illustrious, as we continue to evolve, delivering high quality teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines in two dimensions, three dimensions and time based media.  

Degree Shows
  • Pioneers: The Cass MA Show (10-09-2010)

  • The Summer Show (13-06-2007)

  • Academic Staff and Description

    Our staff are both experienced teachers and committed experts and practitioners in their respective fields. They are engaged in a wide variety of practice and theory-based research. Several have won major national and international awards.  

    News and Events

    Sir John Cass Students Scoop Top Design Prizes
    Lilyana Piskunova and Tanja Schlierkamp (shown right) were awarded the overall and runner-up prizes in the Formica 2006 Student Design Competition. The second year students, studying Interior Design and Furniture and Product Design were awarded cash prizes of £1000 and £500 for their winning designs. The competition was judged by Zandra Rhodes and others and teamed up with the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. The students worked to a real-life brief, that challenged students from across the UK to design 21st Century'' furniture for the museum''s new retail and cafe space.

    London Met opens Film Festival

    The London Metropolitan student films opened the Eat Our Shorts film festival at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, on 14 February 2007. Industry film-makers mentoring the students this year included the drama director Asif Kapadia (''The Warrior'', ''The Return'' etc.), the writer Tony Grisoni (''In This World'', ''Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas'' etc.) and the documentary director Kim Longinotto ('...  [ Read All ]

    Information For  Undergraduates

    Our Undergraduate provision reflects a unique diversity of creative disciplines. Course Overview: » BA Art and Design History » BA Communications (joint) » BA Communications and Visual Culture » BA Computer-Aided Design » BA Design » BA Film and Broadcast Production » BA Fine Art » BA Fine Art (Specialist Route) » BA Fine Art: Contemporary Theory and Practice » BA Furniture and Product Design » BA Graphic Design » BA Interior Design and Technology » BA Jewellery » BA Jewellery, Silversmithing - Design for Industry » BA Jewellery, Silversmithing, Related Arts (Design and Practice) » BSc Music Technology (Audio Systems) » BA/BSc Musical Instruments » BA Professional Communications » BSc Restoration and Conservation » BA Silversmithing - Metalwork » BA Sound and Media » BA Textile Design for Interiors and Products » FdA Musical Instruments » HND Design (Interior Design) » HND Design (Silversmithing, Jewellery, Allied Crafts) » HND Furniture Design and Realisation » HND Furniture Restoration  

    Information For  Postgraduates

    Postgraduate students have access to a wide range of studios and workshops, as well as extensive support facilities, and two galleries which regularly put on shows of international standing: Unit 2 for Fine Art, and Furniture Works, which includes a Design Showroom and the Frederick Parker Collection of chairs dating back to 1650. Our new Digital Manufacturing Centre, Metropolitan Works, includes state-of -the-art design equipment and resources.

    The University's Graduate Centre is at the heart of postgraduate academic culture at the University. It provides a focus for all aspects of postgraduate development and provision throughout the University, through postgraduate Centres and Research Offices at both campuses. Our striking Graduate Centre, /about/graduate-centre.cfm designed by Daniel Libeskind, at our north campus is another space set aside specifically for our graduate students  

    Information For  International Students

    The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design welcomes a large number of international students every year from a wide variety of countries and cultures. These include full and part time students on undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and ‘junior year abroad’ students. The department also offers two specialist programmes which are designed to assist international students.
    The International Foundation Programme in Art and Design gives you the opportunity to spend a year preparing yourself for a university degree course in the heart of London. You will be able to develop subject knowledge, English language skills and the study skills you will need to go on to a degree course.

    The course aims to help you reach a level equivalent to 5.5 or higher in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). It also gives you an understanding of the main areas of your chosen specialisation, preparing you for your degree course.

    At post-graduate level, the Pre- Mastters,starting in June is designed for International Students who would like to study at Masters level, who have some experience but do not yet have...  [ Read All ]

    Well known Alumni of the department include Tracey Emin, Vic Reeves, Neil Tennant, Alison Moyet
    There are nearly 140,000 graduates of London Metropolitan University in the UK and overseas. The Alumni Association is a network for our diverse group of graduates. We are here to keep you informed about developments at the University and to keep you in touch with your former classmates and teachers. As well as help you with your personal and professional development.  

    Student Facilities

    Amenities: Refectories or snack bars on all teaching sites; SU buildings with bars, TV and games rooms, entertainment venue, on-site banking and insurance office.
    Sporting facilities: Gymnasium, aerobics and dance studios, multi-gym, weights room, and use of Peter May sports centre in North London.

    Student Support

    The University offers a broad range of Student Support:
    Student advice & services: Student counsellors; chaplain; part-time nurse and doctor; access to solicitor; money advisers; dyslexia support; childcare facilities.

    Student Life

    London is one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the world. It offers students a unique wealth of cultural, social and employment opportunities.  

    Student Testimonials

    Alexandra Bootherstone
    Subject Fine Art :
    Graduation year 2006 :
    "I chose London Met because students are allowed to create whatever they desire with no boundaries."

    Patsy P Richards
    Subject: Communications and Visual Culture
    Graduation year 2004

    "Before joining London Met, I worked in several administrative and public relations-related capacities in Jamaica. I pursued a diploma in public relations, and then started out at London Met. My first year was difficult, but with the help of my tutors and the student Support Services, I was successful. Three years appear to be a long time, especially for a mature international student like myself. However, there was so much to do in so little time. I enjoyed every moment of studying at London Metropolitan University (and working part-time as a Student Ambassador) as I have met wonderful people: fellow students, lecturers and staff from various backgrounds, who have contributed to this memorable experience, which I will treasure for a lifetime."

    Barbara Schertel

    Subject: Restoration, and Conservation
    Graduation year 2004:

    "I came from Germany to London in order...  [ Read All ]


    The London City campus has three halls of residence.
    • Sir John Cass Hall (managed by Cass and Claredale Halls of Residence Association Limited)
    • Claredale House (managed by Cass and Claredale Halls of Residence Association Limited)
    • John Bell House (managed by Unite)
    The London North campus has three Halls of Residence, each offering a differing range of facilities.
    • The Arcade
    • James Leicester Hall
    • Tufnell Park Hall
    Ten per cent of first year students in university accommodation- priority is given to first years applying before August deadline whol live more than 25 miles from campus, the majority of whom are housed. 1360 places available (self-catering and catered): rent £2849-£3441 pa self-catering for 37 week contract. Students live in privately owned accommodation for 2+ years, rents from £70pw. About 50 per cent of first degree students live at home.

    How To Apply

    Further education courses

    Please apply directly to the University. You can contact Admissions for an application form and the latest fee details on 020 7133 4200, email or see our website at

    Undergraduate courses

    Full-time UK/EU students should apply through UCAS - see for further details

    Part-time UK/EU students should apply directly to the University - see Admissions details as above

    Non-EU/International students - for further information on how to apply see or contact our international office on +44 (0)20 7133 3317

    Please note that tuition fees for Undergraduates are changing from 2006 - please see our website for the latest information ( or contact Admissions for a copy of our latest Undergraduate Prospectus

    Postgraduate courses

    You should apply directly to the University - please contact Admissions for an application form on 020 7133 4202, email or see our website at ...  [ Read All ]

    Visit us (open days)

    One remaining for 2007. June 14th 2007 11am.
    These events are designed to give you further information on courses taught within the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design. There will be the opportunity to meet with academic staff and to tour the facilities.
    The Summer Show June 13th- 17th 2007 offers an opportunity to drop in and see a vast array of student work across all subject areas within the department.

    Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

    or email