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2016: Year In Review

There’s no avoiding it, 2016 was a challenging year. But putting aside events happening beyond the College walls, a glance across the accomplishments of our students and staff buoys us for the future. Both inspiring and challenging, the creativity on show this year filled a growing calendar of exhibitions and events to its brim. We welcomed the public in record-breaking numbers with our Degree Shows, sharing our students’ hard-won achievements from years of study, as well as our new partnership with designjunction and the London Design Festival. Across what has been an exceptionally busy year, we have selected (with difficulty) a few of our highlights.

College highlights

A foot stood on a concrete floor, a pink block blocks out the top part of the image
Degree Show 2016 identity

Degree Shows 2016

Take a look at our most popular Summer Shows yet.

Brain Waves written in fluorescent coral colour
Brain Waves

Brain Waves

An exhibition featuring 46 of the boldest designs to come out of the Central Saint Martins this year.

5 Years In, 5 Years On

A look back at the last five years of Central Saint Martins at King's Cross.

Research highlights

Three people of a rooftop wearing bags created from recycled packaging
Makeright - Design Against Crime


Design Against Crime worked on an award-winning project that took design-thinking into Serco’s HMP Thameside prison.

Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams
Shumi Bose, Jack Self and Finn Williams

Venice Biennale

Spatial Practice's Shumi Bose was one of the curators of Home Economics at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.

Installation of five abstract structures coming out of the wall
Emma Hart

Max Mara 2016

Fine Art tutor Emma Hart won the 2016 Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Programme highlights

A man pointing to crowd of people, some people in the crowd are holding up auction numbers
Art Auction 2016


In its 10th year, the annual Postgraduate Art Auction raised more than £37,000.

Lots of people sat down and  discussing around tables
Culture and Enterprise - MBA

Culture and Enterprise

The Programme launched an innovative MBA in partnership with Birkbeck.

Black and white photo of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs
Drama and Performance - Steve Jobs

Drama and Performance

Drama Centre London alumni Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy were nominated for prestigious Academy Awards

Three cityscapes next to each other, 'Top 50 Global Fashion Schools 2016' is written at the top
Fashion - Business of Fashion


CSM named as leading global fashion school by Business of Fashion for second year in a row.

Four women stood either side of a collection of illustrations displayed on a wall
Foundation - Fabriano Illustration Prize


Four Foundation students win the Fabriano Illustration Prize with illustrations responding to the theme of ‘Made In Italy’.

Illustrated book discover depicting Monet
Illustrated book cover by Aude Van Ryn

Graphic Communication Design

An exhibition that honoured 100 years of visual communication by women at Central Saint Martins.

A drawing of a circle with pink, gold, purple and yellow detailing
Jewellery and Textiles - Real Dirty Blue

Jewellery and Textiles

A look at the last century of textile design at Central Saint Martins, featuring the work of 26 designers.

A woman zooming down a road on a futuristic vehicle
MA Industrial Design - Renault

Product Ceramic and Industrial Design

MA Industrial Design partnered with Renault to challenge students to rethink the car interior for future self-driving vehicles.

Three women holding up a wooden structure
Spatial Practices - Rio Residency

Spatial Practices

Four recent CSM graduates spent March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of the Despina residency programme at Largo das Artes.

Hellos and goodbyes

Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn

Having taught at the College since 1997, Anthony Quinn became BA Ceramic Design Course Leader following Kathryn Hearn’s departure.

Two rows of four specimen shown underneath a mircoscope, each one is a different colour and shape
Rob Kessler

Rob Kesseler

After four decades at the College spanning life as a student, technician, tutor and UAL chair, Rob Kesseler talks to us about his career in ceramics.

Willie Walters
Willie Walters

Willie Walters

We said goodbye to the wonderful Willie Walters, following 24 years teaching at the College and 18 years as director of the Fashion Programme.

Amanda Bright
Amanda Bright

Amanda Bright

We said goodbye to the long-serving and highly respected Associate Dean Academic Development and Enhancement.

David Jackson
David Jackson

David Jackson

We welcomed a new Course Leader to BA Acting, from Birmingham School of Acting (BSA).

Alex Warnock-Smith and Andreas Lang
Alex Warnock-Smith and Andreas Lang

Alex Warnock-Smith and Andreas Lang

Starting the year with new Course Leaders in both BA and M ARCH: Architecture, we took the opportunity to chat over the programme’s newly published manifesto.

Sarah Gresty
Sarah Gresty

Sarah Gresty

Following the departure of Willie Walters, former Knit Pathway Leader Sarah Gresty took the reins as BA Fashion Course Leader in October.

And not forgetting...

A collage of photographs and different imagery presented against a white wall
Limpet Apology, Installation View, Helen Marten, 2015

Helen Marten

Fine Art alum Helen Marten won both the Hepworth and Turner Prizes, generously sharing her prize money between all nominees.

A woman wearing an Elizabethan ruff made out of paper reading a book
Manuela Menzi

Ruff and ready

BA Textile Design student Manuela Menzi’s dissertation on the practicalities of the Elizabethan ruff won the Cultural & Historical Studies award.