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Study Abroad in London (University of the Arts London): Courses

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SESSION 2

CSM 301 (6) | Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins’ fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3-week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London’s streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.

You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

CSM 305 (6) | Art History, Criticism and Communication

The course assists you in contextualizing and developing your ideas about art through an array of visual and critical lenses, from modernist art history to contemporary cultural theory and conceptual practice. A series of informal seminars and tutorials will help focus your research. The group will engage with an array of activities to trigger creative links with London’s rich contemporary visual and material culture, from gallery and museum visits to sessions working alongside professional artists, curators, writers and publishers. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary art practice, with confidence as well as a key network of cultural resources and connections.

CSM 306 (6) | Contemporary Fine Art Practice

This is an interdisciplinary 3-week fine art course that aims to provide an innovative and experimental approach to the making and development of your work. On the course you will respond to open and concept-based projects and you will be encouraged to develop your own unique approach to realising your ideas. The course will encourage you to work in any medium that is appropriate to the concept of your project. You will be presented with short one-day projects, and longer projects of up to a week, designed to challenge you and encourage new ways of working. You will have the freedom to experiment with a range of disciplines, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance.

The course is studio and practice based and work on the projects is complemented by a programme of presentations, group discussions, critiques and talks from visiting arts professionals, including artists and curators. We focus on discussion during the course and talking about your work in the context of contemporary art practices. The course will assist you in developing practical, critical and conceptual skills necessary to encourage your own development as an artist. You will also receive an introduction to London’s contemporary art scene via gallery trips to the harder to find London galleries to complement and contextualise the work that you are making.

The course is aimed at students with a strong commitment and an inquisitive approach to contemporary art practice.

CSM 307 (6) | Experimental Fashion Knitwear

This course will suit students with a very creative design aesthetic in fashion and those who wish to develop and specialise in knit and other related fabrics. It will offer a taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins. You will be shown how to initiate ideas via your sketchbooks and how to explore your research and develop fashion and fabric designs from it. With a series of workshops covering techniques such as machine and hand knitting, crochet, embroidery and smocking you will be encouraged to design and produce a range of fashion and fabric ideas. You will learn how to edit your work and where to concentrate your technical abilities. You will be supported by professional technicians.

The first two weeks will be spent experimenting and developing your technical expertise. At this point you will choose one fashion look or silhouette to develop and produce during the third week for a fashion show on the final day. Throughout the three weeks you will be expected to visit London’s museums, markets, cafés and clubs to inform your design development. Your design solutions must be contemporary and relevant. You will receive peer and individual assessment and will potentially develop a strong and successful design project.

CSM 309 (6) | Graphic Communication Design

At Central Saint Martins we understand Graphic Communication Design as an expanded practice. This means we are interested in thinking about design from a broad range of perspectives that challenge conventional understandings of the discipline.

During this intensive three-week course, you will experience a taster of the five study Platforms that make up the undergraduate Graphic Communication Design programme here at Central Saint Martins. These platforms will introduce you to a range of ways of thinking and feeling about design. The Platforms in question are: Experience & Environment, Information & Systems, Narrative & Voice, Strategy & identity, and Time & Movement.

Within each Platform experience you will be given a different project brief to challenge your understanding of the subject. These short projects will stimulate your thinking and enable you to become more confident of your own areas of interest and specialism. While embarking on these projects there will be opportunities to explore the city, thus enabling you to experience what London has to offer as a worldrenowned cultural destination.

The final week of the course will provide a more open-ended studio environment to enable you to bring more of your own personal position and agenda to the fore. During this final week you will choose one of the five Platforms briefs to develop further into your own personal project.

CSM 311 (6) | Textile Design

This in-depth 3-week course combines visual primary research with studio practice to focus on the exploration and examination of composition, colour and design through various printing techniques for textiles.

Studio and workshop sessions will be complemented by visits to places of interest including galleries, museums and textile retailers. Your print design work will be based on independent research, gallery and library visits and at the end of the course you should have a sketchbook full of ideas, a collection of printed fabric samples exploring various techniques and a final piece(s) that you will show in a group exhibition on the last day of the course.

CCA 308 (6) | Interior and Spatial Design

This study abroad course will give you the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities explored on the BA Interior and Spatial Design (BAISD) degree programme at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. The course differs distinctly from many of the interior design courses available in the UK in that it approaches interiors from a position of research, exploration and experimentation. You will be guided through the stages and conventions of a typical BAISD project to rework elements of Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain.

CCA 311 (6) | Theater and Screen Design

Through practical workshops, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with Designing for performance through an intensive programme. Whether it is Set Design for Screen, Set Design for Theater or Costume Design for both; this course will give you the opportunity to explore designing for a performance based on your own reactions to a work of art held in Tate Britain. From the historic Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, to the innovative Royal Court Theatre, London offers a huge range of live performance and from Pinewood and Elstree film studios London’s film industry is continually growing. You will be based at Chelsea College of Arts, located just a few steps away from Tate Britain. Responding to a brief, you will develop a short story and visually communicate this. You will learn about the technical and creative processes involved in Design for Performance including costume, set design and lighting. Your learning will be enhanced by trips to different exhibitions and performances. You will have a suggested, optional programme of evening theater and film performances, which will compliment your course tutorials.

CSM 312 (6) | Product and Industrial Design

Industrial design as a discipline is ever developing in line with technological and social changes. The industrial design student of today is just as comfortable designing for public discourse and services as well as the traditional object-based foundations of the discipline. At Central Saint Martins students are expected to show a willingness to engage in practice through a unique range of processes and technical skills.

This 3-week intensive course will help students, who may not be entirely familiar with the design process, learn how to develop projects through the use of key technical skills including; research techniques, sketching, prototyping, CAD & CAM. Through a continuous project, students will also learn how to introduce critical narrative discourse to their practice.

SESSION 3

CSM 301 (6) | Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins’ fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed the way that the world looks at fashion. In this 3-week course you will use research as the key to the design process, using London’s streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designs and explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.

You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. During the class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You will be assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideas presented as illustrations to portfolio standard.

CSM 303 (6) | Fashion Communication

How does the fashion communications industry work? Fashion design is just the start of a huge industry that uses concepts of fashion promotion and communication to connect fashion with global audiences. This course will explore the workings of the fashion industry helping students to understand how to promote fashion. Your fashion journey will track the process of research, design and realisation for fashion communication and then focus on understanding creative ways to promote fashion. You will look at how different media is used to communicate fashion and specifically how journalism, photography and styling can help sell fashion ideas. Your final project will be to produce a fashion shoot or a look-book for a fashion brand.

This course will enhance your existing communication skills and help to formulate your communication ideas. Students will be immersed in a European fashion arena for 3 weeks and will be expected, independently, to explore aspects of the industry as directed, with other students.

Although an intensive course, it is a unique and fun London fashion experience with like-minded “fashionistas.”

CSM 312 (6) | Advanced Fashion Design

This 3-week course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. Please note, this course is aimed at high level and ambitious fashion students. You will be working with dedicated students and tutors from around the world in order to produce exceptional work.

In this course you will explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research. You will then go on to develop and interpret your research ideas into garment designs, prints and embroideries. A series of workshops led by industry professionals will cover patternmaking and fashion illustration. You will explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard. The course will be taught through a series of research projects, visits, design and illustration sessions, and individual and group tutorials. You will be expected to be ambitious and really push your ideas to explore what is possible to achieve through the design process. The course ends with a final critique in which you will present your work in an exhibition format. Designs finished in a toile format will be part of an audience attended fashion show organised by Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Communication students.

This is a challenging and demanding course aimed at high level fashion students.

Course level: Advanced (please see Entry Requirements)


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