BA (Hons) Fashion

BA Fashion offers highly motivated individuals a nurturing environment that champions originality and innovation. You’ll thrive in the competitive atmosphere that has spawned many of fashion’s brightest talents. Apply to one of five pathways: Fashion Design with Knitwear, Fashion Design with Marketing, Fashion Design Menswear, Fashion Design Womenswear, Fashion Print.

This course is part of the: Fashion Programme

Scholarships and Awards available:

The Grand Prix LVMH Scholarships
China Xintiandi Scholarship
Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award
Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson Awards
Foundation for Essex Arts Scholarships
Mead Scholarships and Fellowships
Yat Malmgren Bursary
Fung Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship
Sally Woodward Awards
The Nina Stewart Award 2016
The Sophie Hallette Award 2016

The 2016 Catwalk Show

The 2014 Catwalk Show

The 2013 Catwalk Show

5 great reasons to apply

  • Choose from five pathways: Fashion Design Menswear, Fashion Design Womenswear, Fashion Print, Fashion Design with Knitwear and Fashion Design with Marketing.
  • Offers collaboration with external professionals and sponsors, including L'Oreal Professionel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, The Italian Trade Commission, Fresh and Cushing and Wakefield, Liberty, The Horseracing Authority, From Somewhere, Paul Smith and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • You can take the opportunity to interrupt your course after two years full time study to do a work placement and qualify additionally for the Diploma in Professional Studies.
  • Take advantage of the course’s excellent relationship with the international fashion community,to experience placements drawn from a wide and distinguished range of sources.
  • Our graduates work across a wide spectrum of careers in fashion, working successfully and influentially to establish their own labels or to work as company designers, freelancers and consultants or as journalists, stylists, photographers, illustrators, editors and retailers.

Facts

Course Leader

Sarah Gresty

Course Location

King’s Cross, London

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years or 4 year sandwich full time
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 per year (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

The DPS fees for 2017-18 will be £1,850 for Home/EU students.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

International Fee

£17,920 per year (2017/18).

Please note that fees are subject to inflationary increase.

The DPS fees for 2017-18 will be £3,350 for those on the standard international fee rate in their second year.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Start DateMonday 25 September 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January – Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

UCAS

Application DeadlineApplications for 2017/18 entry will close on 15 January 2017.

Content and structure

BA Fashion is part of the Fashion programme. Fashion is a fast moving and highly diverse international industry encompassing a wide range of markets and creative, production and communication practices. It also has historical and social significance for our understanding of some of the important values underpinning our culture.

Recognition of this diversity and cultural meaning is central to the degree course's rationale and structure. By helping you develop appropriate intellectual and practical skills, BA Fashion enables you to benefit from such diversity and to rise to the challenges it presents.

The degree course's philosophy is to create a learning environment in which innovation and originality are nurtured within a range of different but closely related pathways. We aim to produce versatile fashion specialists able to solve problems creatively while drawing on a deep knowledge of their chosen fields and a critical understanding of the social, economic and cultural factors influencing their professional environment.

BA Fashion offers a choice of five named pathways (identified by separate UCAS codes). With the study of fashion as their core subject, these options represent a uniquely synergistic combination of fashion design, historical studies and theoretical studies led by tutors who are expert practitioners. The pathway range allows you to study a specific area of fashion practice in depth, embracing different approaches to the subject and a range of creative opportunities within the industry.

The named pathways are:

The BA Fashion curriculum is flexible, providing excellent scope for networking with the fashion industry. Active learning through project-based enquiry is a cornerstone. You'll do collaborative projects that involve working together in mixed pathway groups or with external professionals and sponsors (e.g. L'Oreal Professionel, Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Liberty, Moda Fashion Paul Smith, Victoria and Albert Museum). This promotes interdisciplinary peer learning. It helps you develop the ability to work with others, the capacity for independent learning, and greater awareness of the skills you'll need to further your career. Visiting lecturers include Craig Green, Peter Jensen, Wakako Kishimoto, Palmer Harding, Grayson Perry, Mark Fast, Emma Cooke, Imran Ahmed and Jean-Pierre Braganza.

Length of study for all design pathways is three or four years. You can apply to interrupt your degree course after two years full time study to do a period of work placement (subject to academic approval). If you meet the approved requirements of this work placement period you'll qualify additionally for the Diploma in Professional Studies.

BA Fashion runs for 90 weeks full time over three years, and is divided into three Levels, (or Stages) each lasting 30 weeks. The whole degree course is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each Level.

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the Levels for a BA are: Level 4 (which is stage 1 of the course), Level 5 (Stage 2) and Level 6 (Stage 3).

There's a progression point at the end of each Level and, in order to progress, all units of the preceding Level must normally have been passed.

If you're unable to continue on the course a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4, or a Diploma in Higher Education following the successful completion of Level 5.

To gain a BA (Honours), students must successfully complete 360 credits. The final award consists of marks from Level 6 units only, weighted according to their credits.

At enrolment you need to identify if you wish to study for three years full time or take the four-year mode. The work placement takes place at the end of Stage Two. A Diploma in Professional Studies is awarded on successful completion of this year.

Course outline - Fashion Design Menswear

This pathway is for students who want to pursue careers as innovative designers. It sets out to deliver a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and realising a wide variety of creative menswear ideas to a professional standard.

You'll be encouraged to develop your personal design vision within the context of menswear design and in existing and expanding national and international fashion markets that incorporate both classic and innovative design concepts. Throughout the course the focus is on achieving the professionalism, innovation and creativity to develop and realise your design ideas. Essential skills you'll learn include research methods, flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, garment construction, tailoring processes and finishing, technical drawing, illustration and presentation.

You'll grow your understanding of the diversity of the menswear industry through a varied curriculum, targeted projects and the guidance of established and visiting lecturers who are specialists in this sector.

Course outline - Fashion Design Womenswear

This pathway is for students who want to pursue careers as innovative designers. It sets out to deliver a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and realising a variety of creative womenswear ideas to a professional standard.

You'll be encouraged to develop your personal design vision within the context of womenswear design and in existing and expanding national and international fashion markets that incorporate both classic and innovative design concepts. Throughout the course the focus is on achieving the professionalism, innovation and creativity to develop and realise your design ideas. Essential skills you'll learn include research methods, flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, garment construction, tailoring processes and finishing, technical specification, illustration and presentation.

You'll grow your understanding of the diversity of the womenswear industry through a varied curriculum, targeted projects and the guidance of established and visiting lecturers who are specialists in this sector.

Course outline - Fashion Print

In this pathway the design process starts with fabric creation. By handling image, colour, surface pattern and a wide variety of print processes you'll develop and apply your printed textile skills to fashion design. Unlike some other printed textile courses, this pathway has fashion firmly at its heart. It's fundamental to your development as a print designer that you have a thorough understanding of body proportions, the cut and construction of garments, the performance of fibres and fabrics in relation to these and, above all, a feeling for contemporary and evolving fashion trends.

This pathway aims to give you a varied and challenging experience of fashion. It enhances your creative potential through the study of printed textile design and its application to fashion, encouraging you to explore techniques, materials and processes that allow you to realise your creative printed textile ideas.

Course outline - Fashion Design with Knitwear

Britain has an outstanding international reputation for design in knitwear thanks to our historical position at the centre of the wool trade. This sector has grown from traditional quality and craft styles to encompass high fashion, cut and sew jersey, stretch and bodywear. Today, knitwear is created and marketed worldwide, whether through multinationals or designer-makers. This pathway aims to familiarise you with knitwear processes and the impact of world fibre resources on the sector.

This pathway differs from some knitwear courses in that it is taught in collaboration with other fashion disciplines across womenswear and menswear. Understanding of mainstream fashion remains central to your development. You'll undertake a range of activities alongside your peers in an atmosphere of creative cross-fertilisation. Team projects with other pathways and external assignments allow you to negotiate and share design solutions as in the professional workplace. Illustration, business and cultural studies, field trips, trade shows and collection visits are integrated with other pathways.

Though primarily fashion and design oriented, the pathway is strongly underpinned by technical ability. You'll become conversant with the wide variety of techniques and fibres that can be used to create distinctive knitwear and jersey fashion. By designing and making in a variety of styles culminating in a collection, you'll learn to specify for sewing and finishing equipment, graduating with a fully informed appreciation of this market.

Course outline - Fashion Design with Marketing

This pathway is for designers who want to contribute innovative ideas to marketing activities operating alongside the international design industry today. Clothing, at the heart of lifestyle choice, is marketed in association with beauty products, music, food, interiors, fine art and more. Within this contextual mix, our graduating students play an important role as designers, marketing specialists and fashion consultants.

The pathway benefits from collaboration with sponsors and from teaching by a range of practitioners working in design and marketing. They include specialists in fashion design, forecasting, branding, product development, public relations and advertising.

Acknowledging the importance of global communication, the pathway introduces you to processes for communicating design information to international manufacturers and consumers within specific markets, actual or projected. Your presentations will feature personal signature clothes aligned to labelling and packaging ideas and must be supported by a convincing rationale linking product to consumer. Today's global fashion design and marketing industry demands creative, articulate, highly organised individuals with communications flair. This pathway meets that demand.

Main study - Stage One

This stage lays the foundation for the generation and development of design ideas through practical or technical workshops. While focusing on the unique aspects of your chosen pathway, Stage One introduces you to related pathways, encouraging you to research, explore and develop individual strengths and approaches.

Main study - Stage Two

This stage carries you deeper into your pathway, allowing you to develop a variety of approaches through individual and often experimental responses while acquiring the discipline demanded by professional practice. Through a combination of studio work, formal tutorial guidance, seminars, lectures, external projects, competitions, critiques, personal research, independent study and team projects, you'll explore the breadth of your subjects and develop your individual talents in relation to them. During this stage you'll benefit from the learning experience gained from helping our final year students prepare work for the degree shows.

You may also have the opportunity to go abroad (at your own expense) during this year to visit trade shows or fashion collections relevant to your field of study.

At the beginning of the summer term, students on the four-year programme are involved in the planning and preparation for their work placement. Exceptionally, three-year full-time students may apply to transfer to the four-year mode to do a work placement. Such applications have to be made via the Placement Administrator.

Main study - Stage Three

The focus during Stage Three is on the further development of your individuality and independence as you initiate, develop and complete your final degree project. Your course work helps you locate, explore and exploit your design and communication strengths while identifying areas that may require further attention or focus.

In the summer term you complete your degree work for examination. As part of this process design pathway students participate in an assessment presentation of collections, normally in the form of a fashion show. You'll also show work in a degree examination exhibition.

Cultural studies

The cultural studies programme is designed to enhance your communication, research, critical and writing skills. The discipline involves the study of cultural and creative processes, but goes beyond history and theory of art and design to encompass various aspects of cultural knowledge. In stage one and two you attend lectures and seminars on units relating to the city and creative culture, you explore key cultural concepts and choose from a range of elective choices such as art and fashion, postcolonialism, visual cultures, the body and sexuality. In the final stage of your degree you undertake dissertation research under the supervision of an assigned tutor who supports your research on a subject of your choice. It may be weighted at 20 or 40 credits. The dissertation is a written project where you explore an aspect of visual, textual material or spatial culture. There are many areas to explore in the cultural studies programme such as art, design, technology, concepts of taste, material culture, multiculturalism, identity politics, gender, consumerism, ethics, sustainability and media studies.

Personal and Professional Development, (PPD) helps to prepare you for employment and career development by providing you with skills to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning. The core study of all the fashion pathways also helps develop many of these transferable skills, which play their part in equipping you for a professional career and the generic activities of creative practice.

PPD is integral to BA Fashion and is embedded in many aspects of both the studio and cultural studies programmes as a planned part of their structure and learning content. PPD activities take place in all Stages of the degree course and aim to improve your capacity to understand what and how you are learning and to help you to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning. A considerable number of the skills learned in the academic context of BA Fashion have a wider value and use in other areas of life. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers

Staff

Course Leader: Sarah Gresty

Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design Knitwear Pathway Tutor: Craig Lawrence (Acting)
Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design with Marketing Pathway Tutor: Rosemary Wallin 
Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design Menswear Pathway Tutor: Christopher New
Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design Print Pathway Tutor: Elisa Palomino
Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design Womenswear Pathway Tutor: Heather Sproat and Anna-Nicole Ziesche 
Senior Lecturer, Garment Construction: Louis Loizou
Senior Lecturer, First Year Tutor: Sue Foulston
Senior Lecturer, First Year Tutor: Neil Smith
Cultural Studies co-ordinator:Jane Tynan 

Careers

BA Fashion graduates work across a very wide spectrum of careers in fashion.

While a few go on to become household names, the majority choose not to establish their own labels, working successfully and influentially as company designers, freelancers and consultants or as journalists, stylists, photographers, illustrators, editors and retailers.

Each year, a number of BA Fashion graduates go on to study at postgraduate level, many at Central Saint Martins.

Recent BA Fashion alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of student activity within the sector. Many of our graduates go on to work at major fashion labels around the world.

In London, these include Alexander McQueen, Ghost, Holland & Holland, Katharine Hamnett. In the UK, Burberry, Paul Smith, Hussein Chalayan. In Italy, Benetton, Etro, Alberta Feretti, Antonio Berardi, Prada, Versace. In Paris, Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Christian Lacroix, Martine Sitbon, Dior, Chloe, Louis Vuitton. In New York, Donna Karan, Style Council and in Japan, Comme des Garçons.

Some have set up their own labels. These include Boroaksu, Clements Ribeiro, Stella McCartney, Hussein Chalayan, Sinha-Stanic and Matthew Williamson.

Other notable alumni of the course include:

  • Antonio Beradi
  • Sarah Burton (Creative Director, Alexander McQueen)
  • Christopher Booth (Balenciaga Menswear)
  • Peter Copping (Creative Director, Nina Ricci)
  • John Galliano 
  • Wakako Kishimoto
  • Craig Lawrence
  • Phoebe Philo (Creative Director, Celine)
  • Gareth Pugh
  • Christopher Rawstron (Kenzo Menswear)
  • Clemments Ribero
  • Ricardo Tisci (Creative Director, Givenchy)
  • Huishan Zheng

Notable alumni of both the BA and MA Fashion courses at Central Saint Martins include:

  • Christopher Kane
  • Richard Nicholl
  • Louise Goldin
  • David Koma
  • Mark Fast

Developing your links

Located at the heart of the London fashion industry, BA Fashion is able to link education and industry providing students with 'live' projects and professional feedback. The BA Fashion course has also developed an excellent relationship with the international fashion community, so that placements for its students are drawn from a wide and distinguished range of sources.

Student’s benefit enormously from studying in London. While there are other fashion courses on the outskirts of the capital, none can offer you the daily stimulation and advantages of being in the middle of an international cultural and fashion centre, surrounded by all levels of the retail market and sectors of the industry within which you will later find employment.

Current collaborations across the design pathways include work with L'Oreal Professional, Triumph, Liberty, Tie Rack, Paul Smith, Dior and Christian Dior Couture.

Entry requirements

Entry to this degree course is highly competitive. Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio of work and written statements. Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements detailed below: 

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements detailed below:

  • Foundation Studies in Art and Design
  • A pass in 1 GCE A level
  • Passes at GCSE level or equivalent in 3 subjects (grade C or above)

or

  • BTEC National Diploma
  • Passes at GCSE level or equivalent in 3 subjects (grade C or above)

This educational level may be demonstrated by possession of equivalent qualifications; e.g. International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: 

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. 

What We Look For

BA Fashion is for the talented, self-motivated fashion enthusiast. Spirited, informed and mature enough to commit to a course that is demanding in its breadth and depth, you'll thrive in the competitive atmosphere that has spawned many of fashion's brightest talents. In this fast-moving global industry it takes hard work, flexibility and passion to succeed. 

Selection Criteria 

We select applicants according to your potential and current ability to: 

Work imaginatively and creatively in 2D and 3D visual and material media

  • Engage with experimentation and invention
  • Show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work
  • Take informed risks 

Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities

  • Through your portfolio, demonstrate a range of approaches to design development, originated from personal experience or visual research and progressed through logical stages to finished design solutions
  • Evidence handling a material or medium with sensitivity to its qualities
  • Show engagement and improvement in a recently learned technical skill
  • Demonstrate an awareness of planning and time management skills 

Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work

  • Demonstrate relevant research skills
  • Evidence your ability to evaluate your achievements critically

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work

  • Evidence an interest in contemporary fashion design communication and promotion
  • Identify social and/or cultural influences on your work

Articulate and communicate intentions clearly

  • Discuss your work in individual and group situations
  • Present your work appropriately and effectively

Demonstrate commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course

  • Develop your own ideas and address both set and personal project briefs
  • Show willingness to collaborate
  • Show initiative

Apply - UK/EU

When to Apply

The deadline for equal consideration for all applications (Home, EU and International) is the 15 January 2017.

Please note that not all courses are able to consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2017 will result in the application being marked as late. 

Applying and How Your Application Is Considered

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W238 BA/FFDM Fashion Design Menswear
  • Course code: W234 BA/FDW Fashion Design Womenswear
  • Course code: W239 BA/FFP Fashion Print
  • Course code: W228 BA/FDK Fashion Design with Knitwear

  • Course code: W237 BA/FDM Fashion Design with Marketing
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM
  • This course does not accept Year 2 or 3 Entry.

What Happens Next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 images comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include: 

  • Three images of research images for fashion design, using a range of materials (drawings, notes, photographs, images of items that you find inspirational for fashion design)
  • Three images of fashion design sketches (sketches demonstrating your development of a fashion theme)
  • Two images of finished fashion illustrations (using colour and demonstrating your skills of presentation, these could be hand-drawn, painted, collage or computer images)
  • Two images of any other creative work. We leave the decision of what to include to you

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track.

Full Portfolio Review

If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review.  These normally take place at the college in February and March.

If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL portfolio (up to 30 images) through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Your portfolio should demonstrate creative development, whether for a set college project or in your personal work. By creative development, we mean ideas that have originated in your own experience and research and progressed towards potential visual and three-dimensional proposals. We're interested in seeing your ideas, visual research and experimentation as well as finished design solutions. It's important that the creative work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea.

We are interested in you as a creative and enquiring individual. Your personal interests, motivation, creativity and initiative in developing an awareness of fashion, art and design are what matter to us.

How We Notify You of the Outcome of Your Application 

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Deferred Entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

Apply - International

When to Apply

The UCAS deadline for all Undergraduate applications for both Home/EU and International is the 15 January 2017.

Please note that not all courses are able to consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2017 will result in the application being marked as late. 

Applying and How Your Application is Considered

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London. 

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W238 BA/FFDM Fashion Design Menswear
  • Course code: W234 BA/FDW Fashion Design Womenswear
  • Course code: W239 BA/FFP Fashion Print
  • Course code: W228 BA/FDK Fashion Design with Knitwear

  • Course code: W237 BA/FDM Fashion Design with Marketing
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM
  • This course does not accept Year 2 or 3 Entry.  

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Immigration History Form (for International Applications Only)

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form.

We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.

You will need to send this back to us, by email, with copies of the following documents:

  • Your passport photo page 
  • Your current visa (if you have one) and any previous UK study visas
  • Your current English language certificate (if you have this)
  • Your academic qualifications (A2, IB, high school diploma, foundation etc. - if completed. Translated into English)

Please note: If you do not complete and return your Immigration History form we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What Happens Next 

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 images comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include: 

  • Three images of research images for fashion design, using a range of materials (drawings, notes, photographs, images of items that you find inspirational for fashion design)
  • Three images of fashion design sketches (sketches demonstrating your development of a fashion theme)
  • Two images of finished fashion illustrations (using colour and demonstrating your skills of presentation, these could be hand-drawn, painted, collage or computer images)
  • Two images of any other creative work. We leave the decision of what to include to you

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track. 

Full Portfolio Review 

If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review.  These normally take place at the college in February and March.

If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL portfolio (up to 30 images) through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Your portfolio should demonstrate creative development, whether for a set college project or in your personal work. By creative development, we mean ideas that have originated in your own experience and research and progressed towards potential visual and three-dimensional proposals. We're interested in seeing your ideas, visual research and experimentation as well as finished design solutions. It's important that the creative work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea. 

We are interested in you as a creative and enquiring individual. Your personal interests, motivation, creativity and initiative in developing an awareness of fashion, art and design are what matter to us.

Deferred Entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Study Abroad Applicants 

International undergraduate students may apply to join a BA course for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student.

Please visit the UAL Study Abroad for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

Bursaries, awards and prizes

The Grand Prix LVMH Scholarships

2014/2015 entry is now closed. 

Grand Prix LVMH scholarships are offered to both Home and International students progressing to the final year of BA (Hons) Fashion at Central Saint Martins.

The scholarships have been established through a generous gift from LVMH. There is one scholarship for a Home/EU student and another one for an International student progressing to the final year of the BA (Hons) Fashion course at Central Saint Martins. The scholarships will cover all tuition fees, plus a contribution towards maintenance expenses. Applications are encouraged from students who are in financial hardship and who will benefit from financial support to realise their full potential and to complete their undergraduate studies.

Sally Woodward Award for Fashion  2015

Closing date 27 March 2015.

Six awards, each of £650, are open to all Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Design students in their final year who are in need of support. For application forms please telephone Student Services: 020 7514 6164.

Sophie Hallette Lace Prize 2015

Closing date 16 February 2015.

Open to all final year CSM BA Fashion Design students. A prize of £1,000 for the most creative use of Sophie Hallette lace in their degree collection. For application information students should contact the Course Leader, Willie Walters or their Pathway Leader.

The Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award

2014/2015 entry is closed.

The Samsung Fashion Design Award is available to final year BA (Hons) Fashion Home/EU and Korean students, studying at Central Saint Martins. We are delighted to announce The Samsung Fashion Design Fund Awards of £4000 each for two final year BA (Hons) Fashion Home/EU and Korean students at Central Saint Martins.

The Samsung Fashion & Design Fund (SFDF) was launched in 2005 to discover and sponsor talented young designers around the world, enabling them to work freely and show the world what they can do. It is part of Samsung Cheil Industries’ efforts to give back to society, in line with Samsung Group’s corporate philosophy of cultivating talented people as a way of contributing to the development of humankind.

The Swarovski Foundation Scholarships

The Swarovski Foundation Scholarships of £9,000 each, are available to one final year student enrolled on the BA Fashion course and one final year student on the BA Jewellery Design course at Central Saint Martins.

Applications now open for 2015/2016 entry. Closing date: 1pm on Friday, 16 October 2015. The Swarovski Scholarships aim to promote excellence in design by financially supporting two BA students from Central Saint Martins who are deemed to have the ability and potential to make an exceptional contribution to the fashion and jewellery industries.

Applications are encouraged from Home, E.U or International students. The award will cover tuition fees for Home/EU students and for International students, the award will be a contribution towards tuition fees. The Scholarships will be offered to one final year student on the BA (Hons) Fashion course and one final year student on the BA (Hons) Jewellery Design course. The scholarships will be awarded according to financial need and academic merit.

Please read the document for details on how to apply: The Swarovski Foundation Scholarships (PDF, 216KB)

Notable alumni

BA Fashion:

  • Levi Palmer
  • Lee Roach
  • Hussein Chalayan
  • John Galliano 
  • Stella McCartney
  • Antonio Beradi
  • Mathew Williamson
  • Gareth Pugh
  • Clemments Ribero
  • Wakako Kishimoto
  • Craig Lawrence
  • Huishan Zheng
  • Sarah Burton (Creative Director, Alexander McQueen)
  • Phoebe Philo (Creative Director, Celine)
  • Ricardo Tisci (Creative Director, Givenchy)
  • Peter Copping (Creative Director, Nina Ricci)
  • Christopher Rawstron (Kenzo Menswear)
  • Christopher Booth (Balenciaga Menswear)

BA and MA Fashion:

  • Craig Green
  • Matthew Harding
  • Nicomede Talavera
  • Shaun Samson
  • Christopher Kane
  • Richard Nicholl
  • Louise Goldin
  • David Koma
  • Mark Fast

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

Recent client projects in the Fashion programme include: H&M | Diadora | Pringle | Umbria Cashmere | Philips | Derry - City of Culture 2013 | Dr Martens | Dyloan | Bally | Italian Trade Commission | British Horseracing Authority. 

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

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