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The elective modules run from weeks 4 to 10 inclusive.

Students can take up to 6 credits worth (3 modules) of electives from the list below

Elective Modules

Concepts of Editing

Tutor: Jack Clarke

This module explores how meaning and narrative are created and altered through processes of sequencing and editing.

Throughout the course you will learn to, both collectively and individually, research and reify your own concepts using an array of editorial practices.

Tasks will include: researching, collecting and organising material, developing a working methodology, forming patterns and associations amongst random elements, constructing a narrative through sequence whilst choosing applicable and experimental production techniques.

The work of relevant writers, curators, artists, photographers, art directors and fashion editors will be consulted throughout to stimulate discussion and debate about the power of editing across disciplines.

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk  

Jack Clarke is a designer and researcher based in London. Having studied graphic design at Camberwell College of Arts and the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam he has gone on to work with a number of commercial & alternative institutions including frieze magazine, Evening Class, Conversas and Booksfromthefuture. His personal practice involves a mixture of writings, workshops and publishing projects centered around ideas of institutionality, education and contemporary cultural theory; his ongoing projects include The Four Hour Academy and The Ideal Press.
ifsohow.co.uk 

Materials Required

  • To be confirmed

 

Fashion Communication

Tutor: Daniela Bomba

Fashion needs to be communicated to an audience; through film, photography, styling, illustration, catwalk, graphics and design and layout. This module will work through the different ways of communicating fashion concepts, brand messages, graphic and writing styles and design and layout for digital and print.  Emphasis is on observed and experiential learning. Students will work through a series of small research projects including street style, trend research and historical and cultural references. 

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk 

Daniela Bomba graduated from the MA in Womenswear from Central Saint Martins.  She has worked for fashion labels including Luella, Maria Francesca Pepe and a leading fashion brand in Poland.  She is currently a freelance design, trend and creative consultant for international brands and also a freelance windows creative stylist for Selfridges.

 

Fashion Design with Textiles

Tutor: Patricia Williams

Textiles have had resurgence on the catwalk.  Designers such as Mark Fast, Erdem and Holly Fulton place huge emphasis on textiles and textures in their work.  This underlines the importance of textiles in the fashion industry.  This module is designed to introduce some basic techniques for textiles including, constructed textiles - such as hand knit, stitch and hand weave, and surface textiles - such as print. You will build your own research, with your tutor through lectures, demonstrations and workshops (such as on basic colour theory). The aim of this module is that by the end you will have produced a range of samples, a textile sourcebook (containing stitch references and yarn types) and at least one sample garment/accessory. All your experimentation will be documented through drawing and photography.

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk   

Patricia Williams is a fashion creative who graduated from Central Saint Martins. She has worked within industry as both a Stylist and a Designer. As a freelance designer her clients include Hockley, Christopher Shannon, Kesh, Natasha Stolle and Samantha Cole amongst others. The majority of her design commissions are knit based.

As a Stylist Patricia has shot advertorials and campaigns for Onitsuka Tiger, JD Sports, Duffer of St. George, Puma, Nickelson, Asos.com and Boxfresh. Patricia has shot stories and covers for a variety of publications including Intersection magazine, The Cut, DIY Magazine, Fiasco, RWD Magazine, Whos Jack, Vice Style, Notion and Laminate Kulture.

Patricia has also worked styling music and tv personalities including Jessie J, David Gyasi, the cast of Skins, Dels, N-Dubz, Chiddy Bang, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Devlin, DJ Caspa, Goldielocks, Kwes, Ghost Poet, DJ Cooks, DJ Ikonika, African Boy, and Mikill Pain. 

http://www.patricia-williams.co.uk/

Materials Required

  • A3 Landscape Sketchbook, dress pins, pen, pencil & eraser, conte or charcoal, assorted colour (pastel, colour pencils, inks, gouache etc…) scissors, stapler, glue stick, knife & cutting board, palette & brushes, masking tape, sewing needles, & camera

Fashion Illustration

Tutor: Alexis Panayiotou

Before a designer even makes a finished garment they will communicate their ideas through fashion illustration.  Fashion illustration is not so much about capturing a likeness but a mood or a ‘look’. 

On this module you will learn a range of applications from using traditional materials (charcoal, chalk, watercolors, oil and soft pastels, ink, acrylic, gouache, markers) and principles of technique (proportion, line tone, scale etc), to more contemporary avant garde approaches, such as using unusual materials for mark making, creating a ‘sensation’ and blind drawing for example. Along with experimenting with your own abilities, on this module you will gain knowledge of pivotal illustrators past and present, different types and styles of illustrations, plus learning about the different usage for illustrations. Some of your tutors themselves will be currently practicing fashion illustrators.   Whether it is collage, painting or creating quick sketches, fashion illustration is a useful skill for communicating your ideas and can also support study on other fashion modules. The module will culminate in you finding your own style or illustration ‘handwriting’.

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk   

Alexis Panayiotou is a fashion illustrator and tutor on the BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins.

Materials Required

  • Pad of A2 Cartridge paper
  • Soft Drawing pencil (3b or softer)
  • Large paint brush (minimum 1cm width of bristles)
  • Three types of colour medium: one wet material i.e. ink, gouache, acrylic or water-colour (minimum of 2 colours). Choose two from: colour pencils, chalk pastels, oil pastels, felt pens

 

Experimental Fashion Accessory Design

Tutor: Audrey Ang

Accessories are a significant and important part of the fashion industry. Accessories made for the fashion catwalk can alter the mood of a show dramatically. This elective offers a chance to communicate, develop and build in 3D. Exploring everyday, decorative and industrial materials to achieve a performative (storytelling) accessory, the purpose of this course is to develop a new relationship with the body and expand the definition of fashion design.

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk  

Audrey Ang has enjoyed a long fashion career designing womenswear for Yohji Yamamoto in London, Paris and Tokyo. Her own accessories labels sold worldwide in high fashion stores such as Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Printemps, Saks 5th Avenue and Neiman Marcus with clients such as Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Neneh Cherry. A diverse and creative freelancer, she works sometimes for film, editorial shoots, accessory projects (including for Louis Vuitton) and in recent years for some of the UK's top florists for high profile weddings, editorial and events. She has tutored for several years at Central Saint Martins teaching various levels in fashion design, accessory and costume jewellery design and fashion styling. her own work has featured frequently in Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, W magazine, V magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Spur, Glamour, Elle, Elle Deco, Time Out, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, In Style, Marie Claire and i-D.

Materials Required

  • A3 Landscape sketchbook, mix-media art materials, scissors, camera
  • You will be asked to resource a diverse quantity of ‘prototyping’ materials (eg: cardboard-plasticine-rope-washers-glass-washers-electronic components)
    Note: you will be instructed on the first session what to bring for week 2

Information Environments

Tutor: Ayse Koklu

'Information Environments’ seeks to discover new ways of interpreting information through experimental investigations

In today's world where access to information is no longer the predominant issue (only a smart phone and a few scrolls away), we are faced with new obstacles – navigation, processing and comprehension – in relation to vast and complex sources and environments.

This elective prompts creative practitioners from art, design and fashion to develop human centred tools for transforming information into engaging and meaningful experiences. Key to this process is finding personalised entry points into dense, uncertain and ambiguous conditions, and developing interfaces and interactions that facilitate human needs. 

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class 12.5 

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk  

Tutor

Ayse Koklu is a designer and researcher living in London. A graduate from Central Saint Martins, Ayse has collaborated in research projects at SALT, assisted at the Stanley Kubrick Archive and redesigned the Reading Room at Whitechapel Gallery. With a background in graphic design and linguistics, her practice revolves around research institutions and creating non-linear connections between design and inquiry. Currently she works at Camberwell College of Arts Library and Special Collections while continuing her studies in linguistics and collaborating with writer and civic activist Tom James on the publishing project 'A Future Manual'. 

Materials Required

Materials list will be available shortly

Mixed Media Painting

Tutor: Caroline List 

The Mixed Media painting module will give students a greater understanding of contemporary painting methods and materials. Students will gain experience working with acrylic paints and mediums, oil paints, mediums and resins, photo transfer, collage montage techniques and wax encaustic painting with pigments. The skills learnt during this module can help towards furthering your portfolio.

The course will be structured around an initial project helping students generate ideas, which can be further developed into a series of mixed media paintings on gesso panels and canvas. Students who attend this module will learn how to explore their ideas through colour composition and experimentation with a broad range of mixed media materials.   

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk 

Caroline List is a practicing artist, who lives and works in London, she has exhibited in the UK and overseas and has taught at a number of London Art Schools such as The Royal Academy, Chelsea School of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins. View examples of Caroline's work.

Materials Require

  • Basic tool kit including pens, pencils, sketchbook and journal
  • London travelcard for visiting museums, galleries and special collections

 

Photography

Tutor: Rosemary Hudson & Jet

Week 1 will be an introduction to photography, using analogue cameras with black & white film and manually operating 35mm analogue cameras (available on loan from the college).
For the first session, we will also look at digital photography. A photographic brief will be set on week 1 and there will be a darkroom introduction and discussion on digital photography. On week 2 students will print their first roll of film. Weeks 3-7 will involve photographic briefs to be shot during the week and students will be using the darkroom to print photographs in black and white.

We also include a gallery visit and group crits and photographer research projects to bring a contextual awareness to student's work and critical thinking.

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk   

Rosemary Hudson is a multimedia artist having graduated from Central Saint Martins.  Photography has always been a key element of her work.  As well as exhibiting internationally, she has worked for Magnum photographer Martin Parr and worked on assignments for charities and private clients.  She continues to use film cameras as well as digital and works with scanned negatives.

Jet studied at Glasgow School of Art and assisted various artists and photographers including Wolfgang Tillmans and Rankin.  Jet shoots commercially for editorial and design companies and has also exhibited in group shows and one solo show at 1,0000mph project space. Jet is currently working for Central Saint Martins photography department.

Materials Required

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • For the first session only – bring any digital camera, eg digital SLR Camera with memory card or even a phone camera 
  • For remaining sessions bring a Pentax K1000 camera
  • Cameras can be borrowed from the college loan store

     

Typography

Tutor: Esa Matinvesi

As humans we use language as our primary way to communicate. Typography (from the Greek words τύπος (typos) = form and γραφή (graphe) = writing) is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make this communication visible.

Today type exists around us in more varied ways than ever before. Regardless whether letters appear on a printed page, on screen or in a physical space, typography has a spatial capability to be seen and experienced. On our modern information society even a layperson will be using and modifying type on a daily basis. Yet a quick glance on our surroundings reveals a shocking truth: most people are absolutely clueless when it comes to using type. Even the award winning superstar designers have more than often absolutely no idea how to treat type properly. Just like building any other skills, gaining excellent typographic capabilities will take years of training and require hours and hours of practice, but if the seed has never been planted the tree won't start growing in the first place.

The process:

The aim of this elective is to enable you to grow into independent manipulators and producers of content by using your typographic skills, in other words designers and artists that are not afraid of expressing their personal point of view with using type in its various forms. Thus we will be spending the next two months getting physical in order to comprehend the fundamental elements of type -- you will be touching, licking and smelling type. Well, maybe not licking, but definitely touching. You will learn how type feels and you will learn to feel type in order to use it 'right' (and perhaps 'wrong', on purpose of course)!

On our weekly sessions we will be looking into various aspects of type's existence in our contemporary lives. But our making will remain hands-on: we will be drawing type, building type, documenting type, talking type and walking type. Through these experiments, typographic examples and critical discourse as a group you will be establishing an understanding of how to use type in a meaningful way. You will be remembering the words SCALE and CoNTRAST for the rest of your life, but most importantly you will all be able to develop your own subjective understanding of what typography means to you.

 

Each week will have a theme and will involved hands-on workshops without using any computers. The course is interactive in the sense of exploring new things by doing and presenting your work to others and group discussions.

  • Unit type: Elective
  • Credit value: 2
  • Class hours: 17.5
  • Non-class hours: 12.5

For more detailed course information please contact studyabroad@csm.arts.ac.uk

Esa Matinvesi is a Finnish graphic designer based in London. After completing a degree in Audiovisual Communication in Helsinki he worked as a designer at paper manufacturer Stora Enso, and as a visual journalist for the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. With a strong interest in deepening his understanding of design and its possible future directions Esa has since continued his studies in London graduating from the BA Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins and now is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. Additionally he is an art director for The Times and a senior designer at Port Magazine.

http://www.esamatinvesi.com  

Materials Required

  • 2 x A1 sized sheets of graph paper A3 pad layout paper
  • 2 pencils (the old fashioned wooden kind) coloured pens
  • Scissors 
  • Eraser 
  • Pritt-stick 
  • Glue tape
  • Ruler