Central Saint Martins (CSM) is a world-leading centre for arts and design education. Its reputation stems from the creative energy of its students and staff and the stellar achievements of its graduates.
Courses and learning
The CSM community ranges from fine artists and fashion designers to architects and material innovators. These many and varied disciplines live side-by-side at the College, encouraging curiosity and conversation from both students and staff. Combining academic rigour with creative experimentation, the College inspires students to question accepted norms and test the boundaries of their discipline. Central Saint Martins inspires its students to be alert to new ideas; the resulting journey may be challenging, but never dull.
This forward-looking and restless approach places CSM at the heart of London’s creative scene. All of the College’s courses have strong links with industry through live projects, visiting lecturers and tutors who are leading practitioners. The College’s calendar is filled with inspiring people, events and exhibitions, enriching the student experience and making CSM a major force in the art and design world.
Courses at CSM sit within nine programmes: Foundation and Access to Higher Education; Art; Culture and Enterprise; Drama and Performance; Fashion; Graphic Communication Design; Jewellery and Textiles; Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design; Spatial Practices. CSM was named best provider of undergraduate fashion education by the global website Business of Fashion in 2015.
See the ‘Our courses’ section for a full list of CSM's pre-degree and undergraduate courses.
CSM alumni dominate the art and design industries. They hold senior roles in leading retail companies, design and architecture practices, fashion labels, media outlets and major brands including Alexander McQueen, Apple, Burberry, The Guardian newspaper, IDEO, Lego, LVMH, Pentagram, Vogue magazine and Zaha Hadid Architects. Many graduates are independent artists working in TV, radio and theatre.
CSM’s wealth of prominent award-winning alumni includes artists Laure Prouvost, Raqib Shaw and Gilbert and George, photographer Platon, actors Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Hardy, filmmaker Joe Wright, fashion designers Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton OBE and Hussein Chalayan MBE, and musicians M.I.A. and Paloma Faith.
The College works with 300 businesses every year, with our students participating in work placements and internships. Recent student collaborations include working with Cartoon Network, the National Gallery, Selfridges, Sony, Theo Fennell and the V&A Museum, to name a few.
Recent graduates can sign up to CSM Talent Scout, a recruitment database frequently accessed by creative companies looking to employ up-and-coming talent.
CSM is an impressive presence in the heart of King’s Cross. It occupies a former granary, the restoration of which garnered numerous awards. Glass-walled studios, workshops and lecture theatres are built around a central atrium called The Street – a fluid, communal space for student performances and exhibitions. The building allows the exchange of ideas across disciplines, acting as a huge creative workshop. The College plays host to over 500 art exhibitions, performances, conferences, talks and fashion and music events each year.
A–Z of facilities and venues
Granary Building, King’s Cross:
– Animation studios
– CAD (computer-aided design) facility equipped with 3D software
– Central loan store for video, sound recording and lighting equipment; tool kits and ladders; laptops, DVD players and cameras
– Central Saint Martins Library
– Costume studio featuring sewing/ interlocking equipment and fitting area – Digital media facility including PCs, Macs, digital print centre and screening room
– Drama Centre London offering performance facilities and courses
– Lethaby Gallery
– Platform Theatre
– Print and dye facility with wash-out and heat transfer areas, dyeing and finishing workshops and exposure room
– Studio Theatre
– The Street open-plan area for exhibitions and cross-course events
– Workshops for ceramics, fashion, jewellery, knitting, letterpress, metal, painting, photography, weaving, woodwork and more.
Elthorne Road, Archway:
– 3D workshops with facilities in painting, wood and metal fabrication plus painting support
– Printmaking facility including silkscreen, intaglio/stone and bookbinding workshops.
“Keep meeting students from other courses – try different channels and get involved. And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.”
Håkon Lillegraven BA (Hons) Culture, Criticism and Curation, Central Saint Martins
“The energy at CSM is quite special. It’s exciting to be part of a population of highly creative and motivated people from all over the world. The location in central London is also very inspiring.”
Max Warren Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins
“The highlight of my course so far has been the opportunity to work with actual clients. It has been an important experience to take your ideas outside the school environment and get feedback from professionals working in your field.”
Salla Luhtasela BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins