About

Central Saint Martins, King's Cross, Granary Square, Photography by John Sturrock, 2015
John Sturrock

CSM is the creative and inventive ambitions of our students, staff and partners

CSM is the diversity and global reach of our community.


CSM is committed to the imaginative and ethical engagement of the arts, design and performance to effect real social, political and environmental change

CSM and takes opportunities through curiosity, innovation and enterprise.


CSM is transformational

We take responsibility for the impact and agency of our work. We inspire and challenge new directions through agile ways of thinking, making and doing. We question the cores of our disciplines. We encourage collision and exchange across boundaries. These actions produce unexpected and hybrid results. 


CSM likes new friends and embraces old ones

We welcome others to share our physical and virtual worlds as platforms on which to initiate, test and realise ideas and action.


CSM is an empty climbing frame

This is our world

Join us.


What

Central Saint Martins is a world-famous arts and design college. We are part of University of the Arts London.

Where

Our main campus is located in the award-winning Granary Building at the centre of London's King's Cross. We also have a campus at Archway.

Who

Our alumni include artists and designers who have challenged and shaped the world around us. These include Turner Prize and Oscar winners, as well as Royal Designers for Industry and Royal Academicians.

The College's nine programme areas: Art | Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design | Culture and Enterprise | Drama and Performance | Fashion | Graphic Communication Design | Spatial Practices | Jewellery and Textiles | Foundation and Access to HE.

History

Our DNA comes from two art and design schools, Saint Martin's School of Art, established in 1854, and the Central School of Art, founded in 1896. The Central School grew out of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Our first principal was the architect William Richard Lethaby. He removed the barriers between the intellectualism of design and practical skills of production. He likened learning through theory and scholarship alone to learning to swim out of water.

Both Saint Martin's School of Art and the Central School became known in the 20th century for radical visual arts practice. In 1989, the two merged to become what we are today, Central Saint Martins. We welcomed Drama Centre London in 1999 and the Byam Shaw School of Art in 2003.