University of the Arts Kings Cross

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Central Saint Martins, often abbreviated to CSM, is a public tertiary art school in London, England. It is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. It offers full-time courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a variety of short and summer courses.

It was formerly known as Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, and before that as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Awards and assessment

In 1998 the London Institute received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the “massive contribution” of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design to the growth of the fashion industry in Britain. In 2013 the University of the Arts London received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the contribution of CSM industrial and product design graduates to commerce, industry and the design profession.

CSM did not receive independent assessment in the 2014 Complete University Guide league tables, but was ranked as part of the University of the Arts London, which received an overall ranking of 67 out of 124 institutions, down from 48th place in 2013 and 59th in the 2012 ranking. UAL was ranked 102nd out of 124 for graduate prospects, and 123rd out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching.

University of the Arts Kings Cross

Schools and location

Teaching at Central Saint Martins is organised into nine programmes, which include acting, art, design, fashion, graphics and jewellery and textiles, as well as foundation courses.

Central Saint Martins moved to a converted warehouse complex on Granary Square at King’s Cross in 2011. Most of the college is housed there, but it also uses the former Byam Shaw building in Elthorne Road, Archway, and premises in Richbell Place, Holborn.