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

Follow in the footsteps of Central Saint Martins' fashion alumni such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney at one of the world's most renowned fashion universities.

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, art and design


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

Why choose Fashion Design?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of the prestigious BA Fashion Design degree programme 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).

Course details

Central Saint Martins' fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3 week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London's streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.

You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

The 3 week course culminates in a fashion show and exhibition held at Central Saint Martins.


  • 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

Heather Sproat

Heather studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduating in 1993 from the BA Womenswear course. Awarded the Royal Warrant Holders, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship 1997, she then spent a year studying unique Haute Couture tailoring techniques as an Observatrice at the Christian Dior Haute couture atelier in Paris. The knowledge and understanding of the techniques and methods of creation gained during this year have had an immeasurable impact on her teaching practice, design experimentalism and expertise over the last 20 years.
Heather went on to be appointed as a Designer at Louis Vuitton Malletier responsible for designing sportswear, accessories and investigative future fabric research. On returning to London after four years in Paris, she started teaching on the Womenswear course at Central Saint Martins as an Associate Lecturer and also working on freelance projects for Tanner Krolle, Richemont, and Shanghai Tang. In 2007 she became a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at Central Saint Martins, as Pathway Tutor for Fashion Design with marketing and was then appointed as Pathway Leader for the Womenswear course in 2014.
Heather continues to work as a freelance designer for design projects and is Creative Director for small knitwear brand Woodchild. She has led collaborative graduate research and design projects for Central Saint Martins with external partners such as Sephora, Diadora, Bulgari, Paul Frank and Penhaligons.
Her research interests focus around the subject of sustainability in fashion and she was responsible for initiating the first sustainable fashion collaboration with fashion students from CSM and LVMH group companies, Marc Jacobs, Thomas Pink, Loewe, and Louis Vuitton. This has now developed into a wider relationship between the group and Central Saint Martins.

Esmée Egerton

Esmée is Pathway Leader for Fashion Print BA. She has over 25 years experience working in the fashion industry.

Working Internationally for brands such as Kenzo in Paris and Moschino in Milan, Esmée has worked on a wide range of products from womenswear, swimwear, lingerie and footwear.

She is a vintage fabric curator and embeds heritage fabrics into her design process.  Also a digital fashion specialist and works in virtual with CL03D for fashion and Gravity Sketch for Footwear.

Stephanie Cooper

Stephanie works as a freelance designer on projects internationally and also works as a fashion stylist. She is a tutor on BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Arts.

Alexis Panayiotou

Alexis is a fashion illustrator and tutor on the BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins.

Anna-Nicole Ziesche

Anna-Nicole graduated in MA Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, in 2000. Her shift towards film and performance art began in her last year of MA Fashion. This is when she made the film 'Infinite Repetition’ for her final show at the Truman Brewery in 2000. Early films were formal investigations of dress, and composition. This was achieved using film’s freedom to manipulate, magnify, and repeat both decorative details but also the body that they enfolded. Her film ‘Non-Bifurcated Diary’ (Portland Green - Capture4) was a departure from these. It was able to convey her core interests more adequately than her past work. It included a spoken, personal text, which was woven onto performed physical expressions of emotions as well as garment and body. Anna-Nicole Ziesche works as a Visual Artist, a BA Fashion Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts and Research Fellow: Design for Performance at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.
The tutors on this course are subject to change depending on the course dates.


Please bring with you to the first session: 

Students will be provided with a Central Saint Martins sketchbook and layout pad. You will need to supply all other art materials including:

  • Sketching pencils
  • Black pen
  • Colouring pencils
  • Digital camera (and/or camera phone)

Other art materials are optional and can be purchased at a discounted price from the college shop:

  • Coloured inks
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pastels
  • Gouache
  • Glue
  • Watercolours
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors

Dates and Fees

Session 1

Date: 3 July 2023 - 20 July 2023

Cost: £2,265

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Granary Sq

Session 2

Date: 24 July 2023 - 10 August 2023

Cost: £2,265

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Granary Sq

Apply for session 2

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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