Central St Martins, the internationally renowned art college and cultural centre located near London’s King’s Cross, commenced its annual Summer School program this week. All summer courses, which cover everything from photography and visual merchandising to illustration and Parisian fashion, offer a glimpse into college life and encourage, in typical CSM style, experimentation, discovery, innovation, interrogation and creative risk-taking.
Taught by Central St Martin’s full time staff, these courses attract local and international students keen to discover just what they’re capable of and just what the iconic institution is all about. Students must be 18 or over to take part in a summer course (a separate program runs for those under 18) and eligible to study in the UK. Central St Martins will assist those who need a UK Visa in order to attend classes. Places are still available for courses, which run until 14 September.
The new, purpose-built King’s Cross site that houses the summer school is a hive of activity and homage to creativity – even now that full time degree students have packed up their works, books and lives for the holidays. Aged brick walls, concrete floors, vintage signs, glass ceilings, rotating displays, illuminated workspaces and musical fountains make Central St Martins a venue that is social, inspiring and a pleasure to be in (especially when the sun is shining).
Throughout the year Central St Martins runs evening, daytime and weekend short courses as well as a Christmas and Easter School program. Graduates, of both the short courses and full time degree program include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Burton, Matthew Williamson, Colin Firth, M.I.A. and Gilbert and George.
What: Central St Martins Summer School
Where: 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA
Transport: King’s Cross Station
Phone: 020 7514 7023
Photography by Frantzesco Kangaris for The Guardian.