The Cass

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Introduction to The Cass

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A little bit about us

Our skills-based courses provide learning to a wide range of students with a variety of personal or professional reasons for attending. Students benefit from tuition from practitioner academics and state of the art facilities. The Cass has a history of teaching creative skills to makers stretching back to the 1800’s. We uphold this heritage through short courses in traditional disciplines such as Upholstery and Furniture Making alongside a broad portfolio of contemporary, creative subject areas reflecting the school’s expertise. We also offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses as well as bespoke tuition on request.

Popular Courses

  1. Furniture Restoration
  2. Upholstery
  3. Introduction to Furniture Making
  4. Introduction to Illustration
  5. From Metal Sheet to Hollow Form
  6. Introduction to Photography
  7. RIBA: Practice in the UK
  • Fees and Funding

You can find information our 20% concessionary rates in our Terms and Conditions. If you are eligible, let us know and we’ll send you details on how to pay at the discounted rate.

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered learning provider (registration number 5304). Students on our year - long accredited Upholstery courses are eligible to apply for the PCDL. Get in touch to find out more or visit here

Latest news

We consistently update our portfolio to reflect the shifting educational and employment landscape and in response to the feedback we receive. We have recently introduced one/two day workshops and masterclasses to allow beginners to explore a new interest or for those wanting to build on and develop existing skills. We are expanding our portfolio preparation courses beyond the 16-18 year old demographic to reflect the rising numbers of people seeking to enter higher education at different stages in their lives. Coming soon: new courses in Photography, Theatre Performance, Graphics and more. To keep up to date, join our mailing list.


Here at the Cass, we are fortunate to benefit from the most comprehensive and state of the art facilities for our degree students, which are also available to our short course students. In our well-equipped studios students learn through making, experiment with process and technique and develop skills for personal and professional practice.

Our specialist workshops include:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Specialist wood workshop
  • Furniture making workshops
  • Musical instrument workshops
  • Upholstery workshops
  • Finishing
  • Jewellery and fine metal workshops

Find out more about CassWorks.


Our Central London location is in the heart of an historic and modern creative hub. Located near key transport hub Liverpool Street and 2 minutes walk from Aldgate and Aldgate East stations, The Cass is ideally placed for thriving and artistic areas of Brick Lane and Shoreditch.

Student feedback

"The teaching was of exceptional standard; students were encouraged to be creative and adventurous."

"The course is excellent, the teachers are outstanding and I learned beyond my expectations.." 

"Despite my lack of basic woodworking skills, I never felt I was in the wrong place. There have been so many benefits."

"I really enjoyed the course. The facilities are outstanding in terms of photography and dark room/studios."

"I loved this course. Our tutor covered a wide range of topics and it was a very inspiring experience. The environment was always friendly and encouraging and I learned a great deal."


Our tutors are not only experienced educators but also industry practising professionals and so your time with them will give you an insight into real world practices and the opportunity to learn more about careers in their specialist subject areas. Meet some of our tutors:

How to enrol

The easiest way to book onto one of our courses is via the eShop. The deadline to book a place is usually a week before the start, however if you’ve missed this, don’t worry! Get in touch with us at and we will do our best to accommodate you if we aren’t sold out. 

If you require an invoice to your company, please email us and we will send you further information on how to do this.

You can also call us Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm on +44 207 320 1842.

We want you to book the right course for you, so if you have any questions, we will be happy to advise or put you in touch with our tutors for some guidance.

Where you'll learn

Addresses for The Cass

The Cass Calcutta House Old Castle Street London Tower Hamlets E1 7NT Show on map
Calcutta House Calcutta House, Old Castle Street London E1 7NT Show on map
London Metropolitan University 166-220 Holloway Road London N7 8DB Show on map


Luscious Lampshades!


The Cass

by Charlie - October 2014

I have just completed this 3 day course in how to make a proper, stitched (not a bit of glue in sight!) and fully lined...

Another Great CASS Course!

Simply Cushions: Piped, buttoned, zipped

The Cass

by Charlie - October 2014

I have just completed yet another CASS course and it was just as fantastic as the others (see my other reviews!) We...

This course is a must

Lined Hand Pleated Curtains

The Cass

by Charlie - October 2014

This course is a must for anyone wanting to learn how to make beautiful handmade fully lined curtains to a Professional...

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