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Central Saint Martins

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About Central Saint Martins

We are a world-renowned arts and design college bringing together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof

Central Saint Martins is alive with different ways of thinking, making and doing. Across art, design and performance, our students create the ideas, materials and actions for a better future.

Creative practice combines the ability to imagine new futures with the means to deliver them. As such, artists and designers are equipped to address our urgent global challenges – from tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies to forging more equitable societies. Our students work with hope and uncertainty, using their compassion and vision to shape the world through creative action.

What we do is always connected to others. Our community goes beyond building, beyond disciplines and beyond borders. From local neighbours to global partners, Central Saint Martins collaborates with others to build knowledge and transform objects, systems and lives for the better. We understand that good things happen when people work together.

At Central Saint Martins, we believe that art, performance and design can generate real, productive change.

Granary square building
Granary square building

History

We have over a century of pioneering practice in our past and proudly continue this tradition of provocation. As our community shifts, so do the disciplines we offer and the way we teach them.

We began as two colleges founded in the nineteenth century: St Martin’s School of Art and the Central School of Art and Crafts (which became the Central School for Art and Design in 1966). 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 award-winning building in King’s Cross, where all of these elements now flourish and collide 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

Stories

Foundation book

A new book by Foundation Curriculum Leaders Lucy Alexander and Timothy Meara shares a year of projects and techniques from the course

"All voices are valid"

This week saw Central Saint Martins' first Climate Emergency Assembly. Speakers came from across UAL and included current students. Here, we share their speech in full.