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Central Saint Martins

About Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college which brings together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof.

We are made up of an ever-changing network of cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Our students – past and present – position and direct us. Our alumni have helped shape the world. We are always proud of them but also remain acutely aware that we continue to be defined by the creative energy and extraordinary achievements of our current students.

Across our nine programmes, we persistently question the cores of our disciplines, encouraging collision and exchange across boundaries to generate unexpected outcomes. We guide our students to discover new ways of thinking, making and doing. We give them the confidence to unearth ideas and formations that provoke and disturb accepted norms. We do this with many partners – from the local to the global, from industry to the public.

Our aim is to turn the College inside out, making public the energy, intelligence and creativity that exists inside our walls. We do all this because we believe that arts and design can generate real, productive change.


We began as two colleges founded in the nineteenth century: St Martin’s School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. 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 new building in King’s Cross, where all of these elements now flourish together 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.

Our programmes

A person wearing an orange hi-vis jacket holding a branch in the Granary Square fountains
Tuli Litvak, 'Act | Balance' | BA Fine Art 3D
People sat around a table having a discussion
BA Culture Criticism and Curation, Degree Show Two 2017
Models wearing brightly coloured clothes
Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, BA Fashion Design: Menswear
An illustration of people stood on a busy London street
Berta Vallo | Paraphrase
Patterns cut into pink green yellow and brown card
Susan Campbell, BA Textile Design
Ceramic objects hanging from string
Stephanie Buttle, BA Ceramic Design
An illustration of a body of water next to industrial buildings
Laurence Neal, MA ARCH


Designing in Turbulent Times

Last night, our exhibition Designing in Turbulent Times opened as part of London Design Festival with speeches from Jeremy Till, Carole Collet and Alexandre Capelli.

Designing with Time

We talk to recent graduates exhibiting in Designing in Turbulent Times, currently on show at the Lethaby Gallery. Here, we consider how – from timelessness to transience – time can contribute to sustainable design.

Designing with Abundance

We talk to recent graduates exhibiting in Designing in Turbulent Times, currently on show at the Lethaby Gallery. First up, designers transforming waste.