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Summer Study Abroad - Graphic Design

At Central Saint Martins we encourage you to examine your role not only as a graphic designer but as a citizen of the world; you have the skills to communicate vital messages to the world, have an impact and be a catalyst for change ...more information below.

Taught by: Emily Wood, Ruth Sykes, Martin McGrath, Helen Ingham, Oliver O’Keeffe and others

At Central Saint Martins we encourage you to examine your role not only as a graphic designer but as a citizen of the world; you have the skills to communicate vital messages to the world, have an impact and be a catalyst for change. Using methods of recording, informing, promoting and persuading, graphic designers are responsible for communicating ideas which shape the ways people see and act in the world.

On this course, through projects looking at type and image, narrative, branding and enterprise, you will be using research, synthesis and development to further develop your existing design skills. You will experiment, challenge, discuss and build on your existing knowledge to produce a number of projects which you will be able to complete after the course for your portfolio. We expect students to have experience using Adobe software; we will support your use of these programs, but we will not be teaching software skills.

You will be taught by tutors from the BA Graphic Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins, who will introduce you to ways of working and methodologies which reflect our current working practices, as well as give you a taste of what it’s like to study here, and show you “our London”.

Course level: Intermediate / Level 4/5 (please see Entry Requirements)

Emily Wood has been teaching BA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins for twelve years. She is studying for an MA Academic Practice with a focus on inclusivity in the classroom, using digital teaching tools, and looking at creating communities within the student body. She also runs REG design with Ruth Sykes, which enables her to combine her interest in social design with her teaching practice.

Ruth Sykes is a long standing Associate Lecturer on BA and MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. She is currently studying MA History of Design at RCA with a research interest in the history of women in Graphic Design. She is also Emily’s partner at REG design.

Martin McGrath is an Associate Lecturer in the Graphic Communication Design programme at Central Saint Martins (since 2005). Alongside teaching Martin runs a busy practice that specialises in exhibition graphic design, design for print and digital environments. Clients include; The National Gallery, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection, Museum of London and many more. Visit Martin's website.

Helen Ingham is a practicing artist-printer and designer and has been researching and using letterpress since 2002. In addition to her practice, Hi-Artz, she is the letterpress technical expert at CSM and runs short courses and events at Central Saint Martins and St. Bride Foundation Print Workshop.

Oliver O’Keeffe is a practicing artist, illustrator and design tutor at CSM, teaching contextual studies, design and illustration on the BA Graphic Communication Design course. He also teaches at Ravensbourne College, and in the local community on arts programmes. Visit Oliver's website.

Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Memory stick or hard drive
  • A laptop and digital camera (or camera phone) ideally with Adobe Suite, although there are some open access computers in the university for you to use.
  • Some design materials will be supplied but please bring any design tools you like to work with.

Please note items can also be purchased from the college shop.

Students booking onto this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated and should have prior experience in graphic design, preferably having completed one year at university level (undergraduate-level study in graphic design).