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Designer Maker Blended Short Course

Designer Maker Blended Short Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Christopher Kelly, Alexander Hinnerskov


This course offers designers a unique opportunity to develop their creative practice (fashion, product, furniture, installation, etc.) into small-scale production that can be sold in the marketplace whilst allowing the designer to maintain full control of quality and creativity, and become a designer maker.

The course is led by two tutors who have both set up and run their own designer maker practices (in fashion, furniture, interiors and lighting) and through workshops and tutorials they will share the vital business and product development skills that will allow you to develop your own viable designer maker practice.

The course starts with a 3 day intensive series of workshops delivered at the Central Saint Martins campus in London to develop your concept and initial plans. You will then return home and will be guided through online coaching and tutorials as you continue to develop and refine your plans, conduct user tests and local research, identify suppliers, etc. At the end of this process you will present your finished work to your tutors and peers and gain valuable feedback and next steps to take your practice forward.

Interview with Blended Short Course tutors, Alexander Hinnerskov and Christopher Kelly on YouTube

Topics Covered:

  • The design process across creative disciplines
  • Research methods and utilising research
  • Making as an iterative process
  • Sampling and prototyping
  • Range and supply
  • Costing and production
  • Branding and your creative practice

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Improved your creative practice and design process
  • Created design drawings, sketches, and rudimental prototypes
  • Research materials and/or fabrics for your product
  • Identified your target market and researched competitors
  • Developed a product plan for your creative practice
  • Understood how to set up production
  • Understood how to develop a working prototype with a supplier

Who is Designer Maker For?

This course is appropriate for recent graduates or individuals looking to make a change of career. It is ideal for any creative who has an idea for a product that they want to develop into a small business. You may be an experienced entrepreneur or a first-timer, and you may currently be working freelance or employed in a creative business. The main requirement is for you to have a product you want to learn how to develop. Good spoken and written English is also a requirement.

Why Choose a CSM Blended Learning Course?
Our blended learning short courses allow you to use your time efficiently. Access our state of the art and inspiring campus and specialist facilities with short and intense workshop residentials, and then continue to develop your projects at home over longer periods of time, whilst continuing to receive the online support and expertise of CSM tutors. Additionally, all CSM Blended Learning Courses include;

  • Presentation and workshop handouts
  • Recordings of all online sessions, for review
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Reference materials and content for further study
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion


Schedule for 2019

Autumn Schedule:

CSM Face-to-face Sessions 12/10/2019 10:00 – 14/10/2019 16:00

Online Sessions Wednesdays 23/10/2019 17:00 – 27/11/2019 18:30

Final 30 minute Online Assessment 07/12/2019

Spring Schedule:

CSM Face-to-face Sessions 07/03/2020 10:00 – 09/03/2020 16:00

Online Sessions Wednesdays 18/03/2020 17:00 – 22/04/2020 18:30

Final 30 minute Online Assessment 25/04/2020


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Christopher Kelly is a London based fashion designer with a traditional and considered approach to men’s/unisex design. Christopher has a diverse background in design; his experience in art direction, set design and prop making gives him a true understanding of the design process from concept to construction.

Christopher teaches at Central Saint Martins on the Fashion foundation course alongside his design career. “My role as associate lecturer at CSM is a great compliment to my design career and I find that both worlds feed into each other allowing for a rich and invigorating tapestry to be woven” His new fashion collection OUTFIT is an ever-evolving collection of garments, which make a complete head to toe look including garment, accessory and millenary design.

Christopher’s work is sold internationally and receives great success most prominently in London, Japan and China. His set and prop design also receives great international acclaim and to date his giant polar bear marionette ‘Aurora’ continues to tour the world bringing awareness to the planets climate changes for international charity Greenpeace.

Danish designer Alexander Hinnerskov graduated in 2007 with a BA Honours in Product Design from Cental Saint Martins. His interdisciplinary approach has led him to work with product development, bespoke furniture making, lighting design as well as interior design and styling. Having experience in all aspects of the creative process across design disciplines has meant working with clients such as Fredrikson Stallard, Tomasz Starzewski, Eva Menz, Torsten Neeland and Underdog Studio. He has been teaching since 2013 in a verity of design subjects supported by his academic knowledge, practical skills and industry experience.

You can also find more about Alexander on his website.



  • A3 sketchbook (paperback, not ring bound)
  • Variety of pencils (colour and graphite)
  • Variety of pens (black fine liner and colours)
  • Scotch tape and masking tape 
  • Scissors 
  • Scalpel and Stanley knife
  • A4 cutting mat
  • 30cm/12in metal ruler
  • Geometry set square ruler
  • Drawing Compass
  • Super glue (30sec)

Available dates

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