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2017: Year In Review

2017 was a decidedly odd year. Outside the College, political, economic, social and environmental values that we had previously taken for granted appeared to be in constant, contested flux. In spite, or more likely, because of this, 2017 at Central Saint Martins has seen staff and students reach out beyond its walls to assert the power of creativity as an agent for change. From the upside-down art school at the Tate to the degree shows launching hundreds of careers, our students and staff worked with dedication, intelligence and ingenuity that can only leave one hopeful for the future.

Here is just a handful of the year’s highlights:

College highlights

Degree Show 2017

Degree Shows 2017

A collective cacophony of voices and creativity.

Photo of women interacting below a Christian Dior banner


The College announced a new era for the CSM LVMH partnership

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Creative Unions logo

Creative Unions

Creativity knows no boundaries.

Research highlights

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Liquid Histories in Shanghai

Liquid Histories in Shanghai

CSM curated the London Pavilion at the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season.

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Tokyo Tech partnership

Tokyo Tech partnership

CSM forged a new partnership with Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Three young women smiling in red hard hats in front of a large green machine
MA Art and Science at CERN

MA Art and Science work with CERN

20 MA Art AND Science students visited CERN in Switzerland.

Programme highlights

People appearing to paint in light on a screen in a darkened room
Art - Tate Exchange at Tate Modern


Fine Art took over a floor in Tate Modern's Switch House to present an alternative art school open to the public.

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Culture and Enterprise

Culture and Enterprise

BA Culture, Criticism and Curation students worked on ‘Art in Large Doses,’ a project with Paintings in Hospitals.

Rungano Nyoni
Rungano Nyoni

Drama and Performance

Alum Rungano Nyoni’s debut film I Am Not a Witch receives critical acclaim. Fingers crossed for the Oscars!

Stefan Cooke
Stefan Cooke


Stefan Cooke, recent MA grad, wins the H&M Design Award 2018.

Three woman stood at the entrance of a Futuro House
COMMUNE project


From Ofsted’s “Outstanding” to Outer Space!

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Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Graphic Communication Design

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Caroline Broadhead
Caroline Broadhead
Photograph of man in white clothes and hat standing outside illuminated by a fire at night
Celebrated the centenary of clay at Central Saint Martins.

Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design

Celebrated the centenary of clay at Central Saint Martins.

A schedule of talks written in black on a white background. Fundamentals is written in bold at the top.
Spatial Practices - Fundamentals Schedule

Spatial Practices

Fundamentals series publicly debated the forces guiding the future of London.

And finally:

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Wheelchair designed by Nelson Noll

Nelson Noll

Student Nelson Noll won a RSA Design Award with his indoor wheelchair design.

A woman writing excitedly onto a piece of paper next to a framed artwork
Art Auction 2017

Postgraduate Art Auction breaks records

This year’s auction raised a record-breaking £51,830 in support of the Postgraduate Fine Art Programme.

A spaceship-esque structure sat on the terrace at Central Saint Martins, King's Cross
Futuro House at Central Saint Martins

Farewell to the Futuro House

The Futuro House was home to gigs, exhibitions, film shoots, research salons, lectures, student experiments and creative residencies.

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Google Arts and Culture logo

Google Arts & Culture

The College shared its fashion favourites on Google Arts & Culture.

A young man wearing a white miner's helmet and denim jacket holds a large purple snake in both hands, the image is part photograph and part illustration
Quantworm Mine, Liv Bargman and Nina Cutler

Quantworm Mine

Student collaboration won the international Biodesign Challenge 2017.