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The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers

October 14, 2016 in courses, Meet our tutors

Congratulations to CSM Short Course tutor Alison Branagan on the publication of the Second Edition of her book The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers Alison’s popular online course, Self-Promotion for Creatives, is essential for anyone who desires to make a living from art, design, photography, image-making, or other creative activities. There are still a few places remaining on the next session of this course which starts this coming Tuesday 18th October!

Read Alison’s Guest Blog post on the Routes to Business Success here

Ceramics Short Course alumni Maria Gasparian wins MullenLowe Nova Award

September 29, 2016 in courses, Student Stories

It’s been an interesting journey for Architect Maria Gasparian, who following an inspirational Short Course in Ceramics at Central Saint Martins, subsequently enrolled on an MA in Ceramic Design and graduated with distinction this summer.   Following this she won a MullenLowe Nova Award and Unilever Sustainability Award for her Colour Ceramic City, which aims to offer an engaging and sensory experience within pubic urban spaces.

Photo by Vic Phillips

Maria Gasparian, Colour Ceramic City Photo by Vic Phillips

Currently on display at Brain Waves, a Central Saint Martins Lethaby Gallery exhibition, the self-supporting sculptural ceramic pieces and dynamic volumes, formed by extruded clay coils have an abstract plane with two faces that celebrates the plasticity of clay and brilliance of the glazes. The pieces are scalable and can adapt to local contexts offering endless opportunities for site-specific interventions creating vibrant spaces within a city.

Maria Gasparian, Ceramic City, materials: clay, earthenware glaze Photo by Vic Phillips

Maria Gasparian, Colour Ceramic City, Materials: clay, earthenware glaze Photo by Vic Phillips

We asked Maria about her journey from ceramics short course student to award winning MA Ceramics graduate and how her Ceramics Short Course changed the path of her career.

What 3 words describe your short course experience at Central Saint Martins?   

Eye-opener, Informative, Intensive

What did you enjoy most about your course?  

The teaching, hands on experience and experimentation.

How has this course benefitted your career or personal development?

The short course on Architectural Ceramics was a start of a new path in my career. I had been practicing as an architect at the time and also attending part-time pottery classes. Joining the short course gave me an idea about how to combine the two practices. Subsequently I enrolled on MA in Ceramic Design at CSM and graduated with distinction this summer.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking this course?

With work, study or family commitments it is often difficult to subscribe to a full time course particularly if it is in a new discipline for someone. Short courses are a very good way to try new ideas or test something that one had on their mind for a long time.

The next Ceramics for Beginners short course starts on 22 October 2016.  For further information please visit our website.  Taught by Simeon Featherstone, the course will teach you how to construct forms using hand-building techniques, create colourful and decorative surface patterns and also experiment with slip-casting.

Also in December we have exciting new course, Ceramic Screen-Printing and Ceramic Transfers, which will teach you how to design and produce your own screen-printed transfers.  Our full course offer of Ceramic Short Courses can be found on the Central Saint Martins Short Courses website.

Artists’ Film and Video: from Idea to Moving Image

September 16, 2016 in courses

‘Artists’ Film and Video: from Idea to Moving Image’ is a new Fine Art course designed for students and artists who want to develop ideas in moving image media or add a strong contemporary dimension to their application portfolios. Tutors Mark Aerial Waller and Marc Hulson currently teach on the BA and MA Fine Art courses at Central St Martins and met on the artist-run gallery and film-screening scene in London in the early 2000s. Below they talk about teaching, working together and their inspiration for the course.

We put together a performance / video piece for a major public event (the Big Draw at Granary Square) in October 2015 and afterward we were editing footage from that. We’d invited students to work with us as performers on the piece and we realised we had something that could be developed into a dynamic educational experience. We noticed that the Short Course programme didn’t cover moving image / new media from a Fine Art perspective and we thought this was a missing link: you’ll find that Fine Art programmes at BA and MA levels place a strong emphasis on expanding practice through performance and video for example, but most short courses focus on traditional media. So we set about designing something where students can develop ideas in moving-image media through workshop scenarios, individual mentoring and screenings.

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On the course students will be immersed in film and video culture. We are making screenings a key element, with seminal work by Mike Kelley, Vito Acconci, Valie Export and others. Watching and discussing influential work plays a vital role in getting ideas going, and that will feed directly into the workshop and mentoring aspects where students will develop their own work. By the end of it each participant will have an ambitious, fully developed project.

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We’ll be bringing a wealth of our own professional experience to the course – we first worked together in 2002 when Mark presented an all-night screening as part of his Wayward Canon project at Five Years, an artist-run space that Marc co-founded. Since then we’ve collaborated in various contexts in Berlin and London.

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The next Artist’s Film and Video – from idea to moving image course starts soon on the 22 October 2016. Please visit our website for further information and to book your place.

Further information can also be found on the Artists’ Film & Video – from idea to moving image Facebook page

Teaching online and inspiring others to explore TEL

September 13, 2016 in Digital Learning Spaces, Podcasts

Direct link to podcast.

In conversation with:

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Online Fashion Tutor and CSM’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator
Teaching and learning themes: pure online courses; the differences between face-to-face and online teaching; preparing for online teaching; online methodologies and technologies; TEL within an Art and Design University.
Course name, level – Online Short Courses: ‘Fashion Marketing’; ‘Fashion Manufacturing’; ‘Starting your own Fashion Label’; ‘How to start your own pop-up shop’ plus ‘Fashion Business Practice’ (Summer Course).
College – Central Saint Martins (CSM)
Student numbers – each 8 week online short course has 12-20 students
Digital Space(s) used and discussed: Workflow’ ePortfolio (Mahara based); BB Collaborate; Moodle; Process Arts

Additional links:

Key quotes:  it’s very different working and teaching online – you have to have a different way of thinking” … “in terms of the material, you need to be able to break it down; you need to have differentiation in the lesson” … “it’s bite sized teaching and can reach a wider audience” … as technology enhanced learning coordinator, I have to look at the pedagogical side of learning and teaching in a digital way – and how we marry that with what’s going on at Central Saint Martins” … “I’m not what you would call a techie person – I’m one of these people that like to experiment – I’m as comfortable in front of a computer as I am in a classroom working on a mannequin and can happily switch from one to the other” …

John Jackson

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Reflections on Show Time

August 24, 2016 in News, Staff Contributions

UAL Degree Shows Collage

We can think of many reasons why visiting the UAL Student Degree Shows is so important, from celebrating our students work and the culmination of their degrees, to keeping an eye on emerging trends and being inspired by the diversity of the ideas, themes and approaches. Exceed organised a programme of guided tours, of all the College summer degree shows, which provided the kind of insight you don’t get from walking around a show on your own.

One of the tours, organised in partnership with Cath Caldwell, focused on the enterprising nature of the BA Graphic Design, BA Jewellery Design and BA Product Design courses at CSM.  Here’s an extract from a write up of that tour:

On this tour, UAL staff were given the opportunity to see a range of dynamic and creative work but also given a context into the practices that helped create that work and their responses were greatly positive.

Katy says “From my point of view it’s very inspiring to hear students talk about their work and it takes me back to a time where I was creative and makes me realise why I love working here”

Claire Barratt says “You don’t get this context from walking around a degree show by yourself and it’s been really interesting and useful to hear about all the amazing collaborations with companies that are done”.  Written by Grace Carroll.

Read the full story on Process Arts.

If you attended one of the tours or visited the shows – we’d love to hear why you think visiting the student shows is important.

Reportage Photography Exhibition Thursday 23rd June

June 20, 2016 in Events

It’s that time of year again when students of Central Saint Martins Reportage Photography Short Course present their final projects in an exhibition session entitled Documentaries.

With invited questions and crits from the audience, the process will often tease out a depth of analysis and reflexive qualities that only a q+a and exhibition can. “The more a student engages in the practice of presentation the more they evolve in terms of developing the finer points behind the understanding of their own work and process” said course tutor Karl Grupe.

With upcoming dates throughout the year, the exhibition will also be a great opportunity for any prospective Reportage Photography students to speak with current students and the tutor directly.

Topics included in the exhibition are:

a ethnographic visual study of location and fear

a photo essay on old age and sport

a photo essay interpreting rush hour and Londons Underground

a personal collection of images on the mythology of nostalgia at Coney Island USA

an investigation into how London’s parks contribute to our well being

Reportage Photography

The exhibition will take place from 6.30pm – 8.30pm and  is a great opportunity for you to find out more about this exciting course at Central Saint Martins.

Book your ticket through eventbrite, places are limited: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reportage-photography-qa-exhibition-tickets-26146119748

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