Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins's MA Runway Show in February 2017. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Central Saint Martins's MA Runway Show in February 2017. Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Location: London, United Kingdom


Undergraduate: Fashion Communication; Fashion Design (Womenswear, Menswear and Knitwear); Fashion Print; Jewelry Design; Textile Design

Graduate: Fashion, Fashion Communications

Annual Tuition:

Undergraduate: £19,930 ($25,812 at current exchange rate) for overseas students; £9,250 for U.K. and E.U. students

Graduate: £17,490 to £22,500 (or $22,652 to $29,140 at the current exchange rate) depending on the course for overseas students; £10,370 to £11,920 depending on the course for U.K. and E.U. students

Famous Alumni: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan, Giambattista Valli, Paul Smith, Riccardo Tisci, Sarah Burton, David Koma, Mary Katrantzou, Jimmy Choo, Molly Goddard, Kim Jones.

New programs and partnerships of note: 

  • A partnership with Epson encouraging students to experiment with its large-format digital textile printers.
  • Alumnus and Self-Portrait designer Han Chong recently launched a five-year scholarship with the school. 

Enrollment: 6,359

Growth in enrollment since 2017: 2%

Graduation rate: 99%

Class size: 7 to 20 students

Student/Teacher ratio (for whole of University of the Arts for all Art & Design courses): 14:3

Classes are taught in: English

Percentage of international students: 52.6%

What the Students Say:

"Have thick skin."

The Bottom Line: A world-renowned art school, Central Saint Martins's graduate program continues to be the most prestigious in existence, and churns out and propels many of the industry's greatest and most influential talents; its undergraduate program regularly ranks highly, as well. The school and its professors are known for encouraging innovative, creative ideas and unconventional thought — executed to the highest standard, of course. It also has unparalleled relationships and partnerships with fashion companies and an incredible alumni network. While the school boasts many success stories, a common criticism is that students leave unprepared to handle the business side of things. 

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

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Last updated December 2018.