ISSUE 3/bis: 5 artistic fields, 5 most prominent schools
“In this fast-changing environment, we draw from our own history while always looking to the future.”
- Central Saint Martins
- Central Saint Martins
The Central Saint Martins school (CSM) was founded in 1989 to establish a creative undergraduate and postgraduate education for those willing to study arts, through design fashion and technology. Its dignity and integrity gained in the fashion industry has helped the school attain the first position in Bof’s (Business of fashion) 2017 ranking for its undergraduate tuition.
Established after the Central School of Arts and Design and the Saint Martin’s School or Art merged to create a combined institute, the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design is part of the London Institute, now known as the University of Arts London, father of 6 other art schools.
Centered in London, and with a 7% acceptance rate, the school counts 700 full time fashion students while 60% of those are international. The university gathers a total budget of $396.17 million which is shared equally between teaching, catering, running the colleges and external resources. When applying, the academy requires a complete portfolio that contains the applicant’s art work, its academic references and a personal statement. A language certificate will be required if the applicant is not a native English speaker. However, Central Saint Martins says to be looking for creative open minds with curious and active personas.
The students applying seek prestige and look for the school’s capacity to turn them into creative members of society, which is why the different programs available appeal to them. Central saint Martins offers you the opportunity to discover arts through foundation courses if you are unsure of which one you want to study, but also a bachelor of arts and different masters focused on more specific aspects of the domain. Nevertheless, the college also offers a pre-degree cursus for students willing to enroll in a preparatory program for future undergraduate studies.
The Central Saint Martins college of Arts and Design is renowned for its outstanding education but also for its successful and achieved students, now alumnis such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, both designers, couturiers and founders of their respective high fashion retail brand. Phoebe Philo, creative director at Chloe until 2008 and Céline until 2018 also graduated from the college in 1996.
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