Research

CSM has an established and thriving research community. Our staff are curious and innovative and their research ranges from practice driven investigation to theoretical study.

The results of our research
 take many forms including artefacts, designs, patents, catalogues, exhibitions, digital resources of various kinds, as well as published work such as books, journal articles and commissioned reports.

Much of our work crosses disciplinary boundaries and is carried out in collaboration with industry, commerce, museums and galleries, governmental organisations and other academic institutions.

CSM Research Projects

  • EU-PA

    EU-PA

    A collaborative EU funded research project, looking into culture-led city regeneration.

  • Fashion in Film Festival- Film still from 'L’Inhumaine' (France, 1924). Directed by Marcel L’Herbier.
    Fashion in Film Festival- Film still from 'L’Inhumaine' (France, 1924). Directed by Marcel L’Herbier.

    Fashion in Film

    Find out about the Fashion in Film exhibition, research and education project.

  • Intimacy Unguarded
    Image by Lindsay Seers

    Intimacy Unguarded

    This project explores creative and critical approaches to autobiography, biography and memoir.

  • Bram Thomas Arnold presenting: Walking Literature through the Self and the Landscape, SensingSite Symposium 2013. Photograph: Steven Ball.
    Bram Thomas Arnold presenting: Walking Literature through the Self and the Landscape, SensingSite Symposium 2013. Photograph: Steven Ball.

    Sensingsite

    sensingsite explores materialities of landscape and place.

  • Photograph: Mick Finch, 2011

    Tableau

    Find out more about the Tableau project and its activities

Research Centres

  • 'In the Bag', Design Against Crime, CSM. Illustration by Steve Russell, 2010.

    Design Against Crime

    Design Against Crime (DAC) is a socially responsive, practice-based research initiative, which uses the processes and products of design to reduce all kinds of crime and promote community safety whilst improving quality-of-life. 

  • Blue Tree, Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury. Linda Florence and Robin Crowley, 2012.

    Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC)

    The Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC) is a cross college practice-based and design-led centre comprised of researchers from Chelsea College of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

CSM Archives & Collections

  • Illustration for Corsets and Crinolines (1954) by Norah Waugh who taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Copyright Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection.
    Illustration for Corsets and Crinolines (1954) by Norah Waugh who taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Copyright Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection.

    The Museum and Study Collection

    Visit our Museum and Study Collection which acts as the College archive. It tells the story of CSM’s rich history and comprises more than 3,000 works by CSM staff and student from over the last 100 years.

  • Materials and Products Collection re-launch event, 2012, photo by Nick Lloyd, Central Saint Martins

    The Materials & Products Collection

    Discover new and innovative materials which represent current trends in design and manufacturing. The collection also contains a range of resources to help research materials and processes.

  • Platon's Mirror, Mischa Kuball, installation view, 2012
    Platon's Mirror, Mischa Kuball, installation view, 2012

    British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection

    Access our film and video collection that comprises files of moving images, publications, paper documents and still images. It is open and free to students, scholars, curators and others pursuing individual research.