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Central Saint Martins 2022

We are a world-renowned arts and design college bringing together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof.

Central Saint Martins is alive with different ways of thinking, making and doing. Across art, design and performance, our students create the ideas, materials and actions for a better future.

Creative practice combines the ability to imagine new futures with the means to deliver them. As such, artists and designers are equipped to address our urgent global challenges – from tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies to forging more equitable societies. Our students work with hope and uncertainty, using their compassion and vision to shape the world through creative action.

What we do is always connected to others. Our community goes beyond building, beyond disciplines and beyond borders. From local neighbours to global partners, Central Saint Martins collaborates with others to build knowledge and transform objects, systems and lives for the better. We understand that good things happen when people work together.

At Central Saint Martins, we believe that art, design and performance can generate real, productive change.

History

We have over a century of pioneering practice in our past and proudly continue this tradition of provocation. As our community shifts, so do the disciplines we offer and the way we teach them.

We began as two colleges founded in the nineteenth century: St Martin’s School of Art and the Central School of Art and Crafts (which became the Central School for Art and Design in 1966). Both believed in the fundamental importance of learning through making and were known for their radical approach to art and design – values which remain at the core of our teaching today. In 1989, the two colleges merged to form Central Saint Martins. We welcomed Drama Centre London in 1999 and the Byam Shaw School of Art in 2003.

In 2011, we moved to our award-winning building in King’s Cross, where all of these elements now flourish and collide under one roof. We sit at the heart of a dynamic part of London: Google, The Guardian, Tom Dixon, Universal Music and many others are our neighbours and partners. In this fast-changing environment, we draw from our own history while always looking to the future.

Alumni (just a few)

Campbell Addy – Francesca Amfitheatrof –  Jonathan Barnbrook – Phoebe Boswell – Matty Bovan – Lee Broom – Sarah Burton – Hussein Chalayan – Natsai Audrey Chieza – Han Chong – Chopova Lowena – Jarvis Cocker –  Nicholas Daley – Dexter Dalwood –  Giles Deacon – Es Devlin – Melanie Eddy – Paloma Faith – Isamaya Ffrench – Gilbert and George – Molly Goddard – Craig Green – Mona Hatoum – Sam Hecht – Roksanda Ilincic –Charles Jeffrey Loverboy – Ib Kamara – Kim Jones – Quentin Jones –  Joseph Joseph – Isaac Julien – Jean Jullien – Christopher Kane – Reiko Kaneko – Mary Katrantzou – Sophia Kokosalaki – Afroditi Krassa – Fernando Laposse – Cathy Lomax – Helen Marten – Hannah Martin –  Shantell Martin – Rene Matic – Stella McCartney –  Alexander McQueen – Carol Morley – Morag Myerscough – Saul Nash – Rungano Nyoni – Joshua Oppenheimer – PriestmanGoode – Sandy Powell – Josephine Pryde – Laure Prouvost –  Richard Quinn – Harris Reed – Sharmadean Reid –Wallace Sewell – Raqib Shaw – Yinka Shonibare – Grace Wales Bonner – Cecilia Weckstrom  – Harley Weir – Nicole Werners – Joe Wright

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    Kenechi Carmel Amamgbo, Foundation in Art and Design

    Our programmes

    Explore our nine academic programmes

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    'Foreign garbage' by Katie-May Boyd (MA Material Futures)

    Sustainability

    We are committed to addressing the climate and biodiversity emergency

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    MAKE, 2018

    CSM Public

    We collaborate to transform objects, systems and lives for the better