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Central Saint Martins

UCAS Code: U65

Location: Central London Show on Map

Site: Single site in Kings Cross

Specialist art & design college. Part of University of the Arts London.

Student Population

Total Students:4,000
Undergraduates:65%
Postgraduates:20%
FE Students:15%

Undergraduates

Total undergraduates:2,700
Male:35%
Female:65%
Full Time:95%
Mature on Entry:28%
UK Students:70%
State school entry:92%

Teaching Staff

80 full-time, 70 visiting lecturers

Broad study areas

Fashion & textiles; fine art; communication design; graphic design; media arts; theatre design & performance; 3-D design (including jewellery, ceramics, industrial, furniture design); acting; directing.

Freshers

Admission Information:UCAS tariff not yet used.
Points on Entry (Mean):322
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:Some housed in university halls

Institution

Founded:1989 from Central School of Art & Design (1896) and St Martin's School of Art (1852).
Structural features:Constituent college of Arts London (formally University of the Arts London). Drama Centre and Byam Shaw School of Art both part of college.
Site:New state-of-the-art campus in King’s Cross, based in a converted grade II listed granary building.
How to get there:King's Cross rail and underground stations; many buses.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Easy access to university’s central student services; see Arts London. Student service office in college for general enquiries. 
Amenities:Shop selling course materials; cafés; canteen. Entertainments organised by SU.
Accommodation:Some students in university’s halls of residence, rent £92−£240 per week on 42−51-week contracts (see Arts London). University accommodation service helps find privately rented accommodation: rent approx £100–£115 pw, excluding bills and meals.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:80,000 volumes, 250 periodicals, 126 study places, slide libraries, 100,000 transparencies. Separate IT service, access 10+ hours/day. All computers access library and internet (ratio 1:9 workstations to students). IT support from technicians; IT skills training on some courses. Also access to facilities of the university’s central Learning Zone.
Other learning resources:New library, innovation centres, gallery and performance spaces; flexible, purpose-built workshops; social learning spaces to allow students to interact and learn from each other; also publicly-accessible spaces to allow connection with wider community; TV and ciné equipment; reprographic centre, computer room, language centre. Performance centre with public theatre, studios and rehearsal spaces.
Study abroad:Opportunities to spend 6 months or more abroad on some courses.
Careers:University careers service

Money

Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6000–£10,000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:College allows term-time work for full-time first-degree students. Occasional term-time work on campus during exhibitions and private views; also college has placement contacts for work outside college.
Financial help:See Arts London
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £13,300 pa.

Courses

Academic features:

Majority of applicants are foundation students; academic qualifications are secondary to portfolio and practical work assessment. Courses range from fashion and textile design to sculpture and product design; also fine art at Byam Shaw, acting and directing at Drama Centre.

Awarding body:

University of the Arts London.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA

Length of courses:

3 years, 4 years sandwich (5 years part-time).

Main subjects offered:

  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Architectural Design
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Conservation
  • Curation
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Visual Arts

Student view

Katharina Gilbert, Union Vice President (BA Graphic Design)

Living

What's it like as a place to live?

London is so incredibly diverting. Having been declared a "design capital" it is the perfect setting for students studying at CSM. There is always something going on, so boredome is practically obsolete. As they say, "If you're tired of London, you're tired of life!"

How's the student accommodation?

Decent. I've heard mixed reviews of the student halls. Though most are conveniently located to get to Uni, and you have your private room and bathroom, I can't say that it's the best experience. Though halls are great if you're coming to the UK for the first time, I can't say they make a good replacement for home.

What's the student population like?

Vibrant! CSM is full of different people, from all different kinds of backgrounds, and of different ages. It's hard to find a more international and interesting crowd.

How do students and locals get on?

If you mention that you go to CSM most people will nod and go "aah, right I know that school!" Which is definitely a confidence-booster. The new building at KX is in the middle of the city and wedged between other popular buildings like Kings Place and St. Pancras. Meeting locals is easy!

Studying

What's it like as a place to study?

Obviously the courses vary greatly. But the building itself offers a wonderful studying atmosphere. It makes you feel like you have the potential to do anything! Tutors, if they're in, will definitely take their time to help out with a project you're working on. The key is to work at Uni as much as possible. My favourite spot to work is near the windows in the library – you can see the St. Pancras Hotel and even the London Eye.

Socialising

What are student societies like?

There are a lot of societies and clubs at University of the Arts London; everything from rugby to life drawing. It's a great way to meet people from other colleges and try something out of the ordinary. I've only had good experiences at the societies I've joined; the people are always friendly and enthusiastic.

What's a typical night out?

London has hundreds of clubs and bars; it really depends on what neighborhood you live in. Though most students tend to party at home to save money, lots of clubs have special student events, and the happy hours are always offering a great deal.

... And how much does it cost?

It can be pretty pricey. London is London. Happy hour is the best way to get good deals – drink prices are halved making them a reasonable 4 to 5 pounds. To get into a club the average fee is around 15 pounds.

How can you get home safely?

London does have a lot of night buses, just be sure to know which ones are running and which one stops closest to your home. Depending on the area you won't have to worry at all, but if you live farther out, I would recommend you taking the normal safety precautions and using common sense. Plan getting home with a friend if needs be.

Money

Is it an expensive place to live?

Yes, it is. There is no way around it. You can make your life easier though by immediately signing up for a student oyster card (saves you 30%) and an NUS card. See what shops and cafes offer student discounts, and try to cook as much of your own food as you can. Maybe invite friends over rather than going out. Last tip – set a rigid budget and keep track of your expenses!

Average price of a pint?

In the city you'll easily pay 4 pounds but at one of the college bars you can pay as little as 2 pounds.

And the price of a takeaway?

Anywhere between 10 and 20 pounds per person.

What's the part-time work situation?

There is a part-time job scheme called "Artstemps" which you can sign up for if you want to be notified of job opportunities. If you become a course rep you will be paid for meetings, though those can be a bit irregular. It is quite common for CSM students to be invited to various competitions where there is a lot of prize money.

Summary

What's the best feature about the place?

CSM is an international environment. You know that by setting foot into this school you're making you first step into the industry.

And the worst?

It can take a while to get accustomed to so many new things and people – the place is big!

And to sum it all up?

It's a great feeling being involved in such a vigorous environment. It's an honour knowing you're part of the best of the best.

Past Students

Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen (fashion designers), Gilbert and George (artists).

More info?

Contact SU President on tel 020 7514 6270 or check out www.suarts.org

Contact

Address:

Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London
N1C 4AA

Tel:

020 7514 7022/7023

Email:

info@csm.arts.ac.uk

Website:

www.csm.arts.ac.uk

Student enquiries:

Information Office

Application:

UCAS

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