Location: London, United Kingdom
Undergraduate: Womenswear, Menswear, Textile, Jewelry, and Knitwear Design, Fashion Design with Marketing, Communications, Fashion History, Journalism.
Graduate: Fashion, Fashion Communications.
Undergraduate: £19,350 ($25,446 at current exchange rate) for overseas students, £9,250 for UK and EU students.
Graduate: First year is £17,370 (or $20,224 at the current exchange rate) for overseas students, £6,940 for UK and EU students.
Famous Alumni: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan, Giambattista Valli, Paul Smith, Riccardo Tisci, Matthew Williamson, Zac Posen, Hamish Bowles, Alice Temperley, Giles Deacon, Luella Bartley, Jenny Packham, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Gareth Pugh, Sarah Burton, David Koma, Mary Katrantzou.
What the Students Say:
"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."
McCartney in 2014: "You were really encouraged to look outside the box and to challenge yourself; it was really about making dresses out of spaghetti, and the more weird and wonderful and unwearable your clothes could be, somehow, the better you were," she explained. "I was always made to feel less of a designer because I was designing clothes that women could wear."
The Bottom Line: Central Saint Martins's graduate program continues to be the most prestigious in the world, and continues to churn out and propel many of the industry's greatest and most influential talents. Its undergraduate program ranks highly as well, and while the school boasts many success stories, a common criticism is that students leave unprepared to handle the business side of things. In the interest of prioritizing more than just creativity and traditional design skill, earlier this year, the school announced a sustainability and innovation partnership with LVMH.
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