2017: Year In Review

It has been a decidedly odd year. Outside the College, political, economic, social and environmental values that we had previously taken for granted appeared to be in constant, contested flux. In spite, or more likely, because of this, 2017 at Central Saint Martins has seen staff and students reach out beyond its walls to assert the power of creativity as an agent for change. From the upside-down art school at the Tate to the degree shows launching hundreds of careers, our students and staff worked with dedication, intelligence and ingenuity that can only leave one hopeful for the future.

Here is just a handful of the year’s highlights:

College Highlights

  • Hashtag Come

    Degree Shows 2017

    A collective cacophony of voices and creativity.

  • Photo of women interacting below a Christian Dior banner

    LVMH x CSM

    The College announced a new era for the CSM LVMH partnership

  • Logo for Creative Unions which is CU in capitals at the centre of a white oval

    Creative Unions

    Creativity knows no boundaries.

Research Highlights

Programme Highlights

  • People appearing to paint in light on a screen in a darkened room
    Photo: Tate Modern


    Fine Art took over a floor in Tate Modern's Switch House to present an alternative art school open to the public.

  • Group of students and staff

    Culture & Enterprise

    BA Culture, Criticism and Curation students worked on ‘Art in Large Doses,’ a project with Paintings in Hospitals.

  • Photograph of Rungano Nyoni
    Photograph: film company handout

    Drama & Performance

    Alum Rungano Nyoni’s debut film I Am Not a Witch receives critical acclaim. Fingers crossed for the Oscars!

  • Image of Stefan Cooke standing amongst his clothing designs
    Photography: H&M Design Award


    Stefan Cooke, recent MA grad, wins the H&M Design Award 2018.

  • Students standing on the steps of the Futuro House, a temporary structure that looks like a 1950s flying saucer


    From Ofsted’s “Outstanding” to Outer Space!

  • Image of large, brightly coloured graphic letters on the wall of a meeting room

    Graphic Communication Design

    Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

And Finally:

  • Partial image of a wooden wheelchair made from light coloured wood which makes it look more aesthetically pleasing than normal

    Nelson Noll

    Student Nelson Noll won a RSA Design Award with his indoor wheelchair design.

  • Record-breaking Postgraduate Art Auction

    This year’s auction raised a record-breaking £51,830 in support of the Postgraduate Fine Art Programme.

  • Image of the Futuro House, a futuristic looking temporary structure produced in the 60s.

    Farewell to the Futuro House

    The Futuro house was home to gigs, exhibitions, film shoots, research salons, lectures, student experiments and creative residencies.

  • Logo of Google Arts and Culture

    Google Arts & Culture

    The College shared its fashion favourites on Google Arts & Culture.

  • A young man wearing a white miner's helmet and denim jacket holds a large purple snake in both hands, the image is part photograph and part illustration

    Quantworm Mine

    Student collaboration won the international Biodesign Challenge 2017.