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Summer Study Abroad - Experimental Fashion Knitwear
Central Saint Martins
Open to all levels

This course offers a taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins.

This course is now full.

You might be interested in these alternative courses: Summer Study Abroad: Textile Design or Summer Study Abroad: Fashion Design.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in fashion design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Why choose Experimental Fashion Knitwear?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear course at Central Saint Martins.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Previous experience in the subject area is required for this course.

Course details

This course will suit students with a very creative design aesthetic in fashion and those who wish to develop and  specialise in knit and other related fabrics. It will offer a taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins. You will be shown how to initiate ideas via your sketchbooks and how to explore your research and develop fashion and fabric designs from it. With a series of workshops covering techniques such as machine and hand knitting, crochet, embroidery and smocking you will be encouraged to design and produce a range of fashion and fabric ideas. You will learn how to edit your work and where to concentrate your technical abilities. You will be supported by professional technicians.

The first two weeks will be spent experimenting and developing your technical expertise. At this point you will choose one fashion look or silhouette to develop and produce during the third week for a fashion show on the final day. Throughout the three weeks you will be expected to visit London's museums, markets, cafes and clubs to inform your design development. Your design solutions must be contemporary and relevant. You will receive peer and individual assessment and will potentially develop a strong and successful design project.


  • This course is the equivalent to 4 US style credits.
  • If you’re planning to claim credit towards your degree, be sure to check with your home institution before you apply.

Tutor information

Craig Lawrence

On graduating Central Saint Martins in 2008, Lawrence established his knitwear label at London Fashion Week and rapidly became known for his innovative work in the field of knitwear. This was recognised by the V&A 2012 which resulted in being invited to be apart of the Fashion in Motion series. His sophisticated, playful and elegant collections are remarkable for their craftsmanship and individuality. Lawrence uses unlikely and varied materials such as sweet wrappers, gold foil, bin bags and metallic covered yarn – which has been used in every one of his collections. Devotees of his designs include Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga and Björk.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: 3 July 2023 - 20 July 2023

Cost: £2,265

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Granary Sq

This course is now fully subscribed. To be added to the waiting list please email


Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Needle and thread
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

We will supply sketchbooks and a selection of yarns. Items can also be purchased from the college shop.

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Find out how to apply.

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