Fashion is a fast moving and highly diverse international industry with a wide range of markets and creative communication and production practices. It takes hard work, flexibility and passion to succeed. The BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins has earned a national and international reputation for producing innovative and highly creative designers and fashion communicators who have gone on to make outstanding and directional contributions within a variety of fashion professions in the UK and abroad. Graduates include such influential names as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney and the journalists Iain R Webb, Jeremy Langmead and Andrew Davis.
For entry on to the course you will be expected to have successfully completed Foundation Studies in Art & Design and possess two A-levels and three GCSEs (including three passes in academic subjects) at grade C or above. We also welcome applicants with qualifications equivalent to these. As part of your application you will also be asked to submit a portfolio of your art and design work. If you are applying for the Fashion History & Theory pathway you will not be required to submit a portfolio. However, you must have attained three passes at A-level (or the equivalent), two of which are in essay-based humanities subjects, ideally in subjects such as History, History of Art, English Literature, Philosophy. You should also have GCSE passes at grade C or above in three other subjects, preferably one in a modern European language. The University of the Arts London, of which Central Saint Martins is a part, has a commitment to improving access to education for those without formal qualifications. Therefore we also consider applicants who are able to show evidence of experiential learning, which is equivalent to the required formal qualifications.
The first two terms provide a foundation in the generation and development of design ideas through practical and technical workshops and a grounding in the unique aspects of your chosen pathway. In addition, you will participate in projects which will encourage you to explore and develop your individual strengths and approach to your subject.
From the second year onwards you concentrate solely on your chosen pathway. Stage 2 involves a programme of projects relating to your specialist subject area, a number of lectures and tutorials and periods of independent study and research. There may also be an optional European visit to a fashion exhibition or trade fair.
If you choose to study for four years you must spend a period in relevant work placement in industry during your third year.
Diploma in Industrial Studies
If you choose the sandwich mode of study you will qualify for the additional assessed University of the Arts London award of Diploma in Industrial Studies, providing you meet the qualifying conditions of the placement year (Year 3 of the course). The purpose of the award is to enhance the profile of the work placement. It aims to develop an appreciation of the culture of the workplace; to put course content and study into perspective; to develop transferable skills and enhance your opportunities for career progression.
In the final year you will focus on your major degree project and Cultural Studies dissertation. This runs alongside a programme of related technical studies and projects. If you have undertaken an industrial placement you will be required to submit a placement report at the beginning of the year for the Diploma in Industrial Studies.