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Located within London, the Colleges are at the heart of their respective communities. Drawing on and contributing to the local culture, they foster closely-knit and welcoming environments in which to study, supported by all the resources of the larger University and the wider arts community.
The Colleges offer the University's 20,000 students a diverse range of courses at all levels from foundation and undergraduate to postgraduate and research. The University's 1,228 teaching staff, as active professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics and theorists, lead the way on creative and experimental practice alongside historical and theoretical analysis. The combination of a varied student group, cutting-edge research and highly-experienced staff creates a unique, multifaceted learning experience for students at the University.
Central Saint Martins offers a varied range of Online Learning Short Courses in Art, Fashion, Textiles, Photography, 3D and Graphic Design, Business Skills and Portfolio Preparation.
Central Saint Martins was formed from the merger of two historical art and design colleges, St Martin’s School of Art and Central School of Arts & Crafts.
Founded in 1854, St Martin's School of Art focused on fine art and fashion. The Central School of Arts & Crafts was founded in 1896 and focused on a wide range of design disciplines including theatre, industrial and graphic design.
Both colleges delivered innovative art and design education, from experiments in studio based teaching to the introduction of Basic Design in the 1950s and the birth of contextual art in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1989 the two colleges merged to become Central Saint Martins, bringing together the internationally renowned traditions of its two parts into a new dynamic formation.
The merger of St. Martins and the Central School was only the first step in a programme of expansion and change. In 1999 Central Saint Martins was joined by Drama Centre London, introducing acting and directing to the art and design environment.
In 2002 Byam Shaw School of Art, founded in 1910 as a school for drawing and painting, also joined Central Saint Martins, bringing another dimension to fine art teaching in the College.
In 2011 the College moved into a highly ambitious and award winning building at King’s Cross, designed to encourage and support wider creative collaboration between students.
Student Services at University of the Arts London offers support that enables you to develop your professional, personal and creative potential, helping you to organise essential aspects of living and studying in London. We are committed to offering high quality services that are student-centred, impartial, accessible and confidential.
Throughout your time with us, Student Services staff at Chelsea (see below for location and contact details and our opening hours), and at the Student Hub at 272 High Holborn, offer a one-stop shop for advice and information.
Our services include the following:
Student Advice and Guidance Services
Student Advisers can help you with a range of financial and other issues whilst you are a student, including grants, student loans and benefits, and can also give advice on matters specifically relevant to international students, such as immigration law, funding and your rights as a student.
Creative Careers offers advice and guidance about finding work, setting up in business, and further study. Students at University of the Arts London can speak to Guidance Specialists and use the Careers Information Centre at High Holborn for a wide range of careers-related research.
College life can be exciting but it can also be stressful. Confidential counselling is available to all University of the Arts London students. If there is anything that is getting in the way of you enjoying life or getting on with your studies, then counselling may help.
The Student Health Advisers can offer support and information on specific health issues while you are a student.
University of the Arts London takes a positive approach so that disabled students can complete their studies successfully and enjoyably. We recognize that disability can include many issues including physical impairments, hidden disability, sensory impairments, dyslexia, health or mental health issues. We encourage you to contact us before you start or at any time during your course if there is anything you would like to discuss with us.
The chaplains offer personal and spiritual support whatever your faith, or none, and are available to anyone who needs a confidential, non-judgemental listening ear. Amongst other things they offer opportunities to explore the dynamic relationships between life and faith, belief and practice, spirituality, art and creativity.