Central Saint Martins (London, United Kingdom)

The Central Saint Martins runway show at LFW Fall 2014. Photo: Tristan Fewings for Getty

The Central Saint Martins runway show at LFW Fall 2014. Photo: Tristan Fewings for Getty

Programs: Undergraduate: Womenswear, Menswear, Textile, Jewelry, and Knitwear Design, Fashion Design with Marketing, Communications, Fashion History, Journalism; Graduate: Fashion, Fashion Communications 

Annual Tuition:
 £15,180 (or $23,800 at the current exchange rate) for both graduate and undergraduate degrees for overseas students; £9,000 for U.K. and E.U. students

Famous Grads:
Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan, Zac Posen, Hamish Bowles, Paul Smith, Giles Deacon, Luella Bartley, Jenny Packham, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Alice Temperley, Riccardo Tisci, Matthew Williamson

What the Students Say:
“Central Saint Martins is a dream school, but be prepared that you're not going to have a life while you're [there]. ORIGINALITY is valued the most and that should reflect in your work." 

"There's a ton of work. Don't think just because it's creative it's easy. It's not!"

"Creative boundaries are pushed here and you are given freedom to explore. There is no formula in getting offered a place."

The Bottom Line:
Central Saint Martins’ graduate program is the most prestigious in the world, and much of that is owed to Professor Louise Wilson, who passed away in May 2014. To be sure, most of the most famous students have attended the graduate program, although the undergrad is well-thought-of also. Students and alumni emphasize that the focus is on creativity and less on the commercial aspects of the business. 

More Info: www.arts.ac.uk/csm

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