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Central Saint Martins Proposed Design MBA Shares Research

Business, Sustainability and Design Frameworks–insights into a DMBA.  Photo Credit - Nathan Shedroff

Business, Sustainability and Design Frameworks–insights into a DMBA.
Photo Credit – Nathan Shedroff

The proposed Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course has, over the past year, amassed a huge amount of research regarding the potential of creating a Design MBA  at Central Saint Martins.

We’ll be sharing with you some of the quotes we’ve gathered along the way, demonstrating that the idea of launching a business degree at an art school is very on point with MBA students, alumni, and business leaders. One of the subjects we tackled is that of how MBA graduates, past and present, should deal with flexibility and uncertainty. Here are some of the answers we received–we welcome your thoughts, comments and input via our survey.

• “Creativity. For the first time, in IBM’s survey of CEOs in 2010, a large number of them, around 60%, said that creativity and innovation was something they needed. There’s a huge knowledge base about design that has been absent from management education.” Management School Senior Academic, US

• “John Maeda says something like, ‘Artists ask question, technology creates possibilities, design creates solutions and leadership creates action’. That’s a summary of what an entrepreneur needs to cover.” MBA Alumnus

• “People need different ways of thinking in order to respond to the challenges of a no growth, no carbon society, dominated by non inclusive politics. I’m interested in design as a way of doing that, because designers use their brains laterally, contingently, accepting there is no one truth, accepting iterating as a methodology to move towards alternatives.” CSM Faculty Member

• “A focus on people’s experiences. I’ve realised from being in the entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area that user-centredness is so lacking in all aspects of business.” MBA Design Strategy Alumnus, US

• “Building organisation capable of innovating. The was for talent is expected to heat up for positions requiring high levels and more education.” GMAC 2013

• “Effective multi disciplinary building and working. Firms like GE, IBM and Philips are all struggling with talent and skills. The opportunity is to blend designers who are up-skilling to be equal and effective partners with marketing, engineering and new product development, and business and management people who want to access design innovation and creativity.” MBA Faculty Member, US

• “Design as a core managerial capability. Everything about a business has been designed: from how you answer the phone, to HR policy, to what the products and services are, to deciding what strategy to employ. And how they design is to look around, and find someone to rip off, which they call ‘best practice’. But that’s only relevant if what they do is sufficiently close to your situation to be applicable. If companies survive, it’s because they are unique. More and more, finding existing designs out there is not enough. You need to be capable of doing the activity. This is something that resonates with executives I talk to.” Management School Senior Academic, US

If you agree, or disagree, with any of these statements, you can have your input by filling out our survey–a very important step in the exciting development of this program.

More information:
Innovation Management
THNK School of Creative Leadership

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Central Saint Martins appoints successor to Professor Louise Wilson OBE

Fabio Piras

Fabio Piras

Central Saint Martins is very pleased to announce the appointment of Fabio Piras as the new MA Fashion Course Director.

Fabio, a Central Saint Martins’ alumnus, worked with Professor Louise Wilson on the course for many years and has been Acting Course Director on two occasions, most recently in the period since Louise tragically passed away in May.

In addition to his contribution to postgraduate teaching at Central Saint Martins, Fabio brings 20 years of international industry experience. He showed his own eponymous label during London Fashion Week from 1994 until 2000, and has since enjoyed a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and China.

Fabio’s vision will build on Louise’s legacy of creative excellence and will shape a new era for MA Fashion education at CSM.

More information:
MA Fashion

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Jeremy Till Talks Scarcity, Design Thinking and the Future of Business

King's Cross Central - Eastern Transit Shed

Scarcity, as reality and concept, is an ideal context for testing the new ways of thinking that we anticipate the new MBA program at Central Saint Martins will engender.

Given the received definition of scarcity – as lack – the standard response is to use less of what we already have. As designers we can only pare back and use a canny creativity to make more out of less. For politicians, the spectre of scarcity in the form of stultified growth becomes the premise for spending less. Hence the current austerity regimes, a crude and essentially ideological programme of cuts that increase inequality while holding out the promise of growth. 

But what if scarcity is not defined as pure and inevitable lack, as it is under the tenets of neo-classical economics (and, dare I say it in the standard business school model)? What if it is understood as always constructed, always emerging in the wake of socio-economic forces, always operating across scales? Thinking through responses to scarcity against such questions becomes much more than addressing limits. It demands unpicking those constructions and understanding how they are formed, intervening in them, and using ones imagination to find opportunities within the constraints. It requires one to always situating responses in a societal context rather than as abstractions. It suggests understanding any solution relationally, testing it against other objects and forces. All of these are traits and skills developed in art and design education.

Scarcity is thus one example of an issue for which art and design can provide models for new ways of thinking and acting in a creative and sometimes disruptive manner, seeing the world as a horizon redolent with opportunities rather than a enclosure full of problems. These are some of the tenets on which the proposed MBA is founded.

Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts

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Take part in a worldwide filmmaking project with CSM PhD Student



Iceberg Fernandez, a PhD student at Central Saint Martins is curating  NOW&HERE = EVERYWHERE is a Quantum Filmmaking project in which everyone internationally is invited to collaborate with the mobile phone in the co-creation of multi-screen video-collages re-creating simultaneous moments.

During the course of this project announcements are made with the date and time in which each moment is taking place.

To participate make a 30 second film with your mobile phone of the situation, a detail or the place you are at that precise date and time, and send it as soon as you can, along with the name of the city, by e-mail to:

If you prefer to send your videos via WhatsApp please add this number +447449494812 to your contact list, letting us you would like to participate. Your number will not be shared with third parties or used for commercial purposes outside of the project.

All the participants will be acknowledged in the website. Only the video-clips produced at the announced date and time will be considered.

By participating in the project you are confirming that you have all the rights to publish the videos and you are allowing us their exhibition.

This is a non-profit research art project based at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).

MOMENT 9 is online NOW!! Thanks all the participating artists for sharing your art of the everyday life, it is being a real pleasure collaborating with you!! If you didnt have the chance to collaborate this time, the next moment will be held on: FRIDAY 15th AUGUST at 14:00pm BST (London Time) [Set your Alarms!] Spread the word, invite your friends….. the more we are, the greater the SURPRISE!!

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Join us for the next UAL PhD Open Evening

Central Saint Martins Opens Dialogue About New Proposed MBA Course

Over the past year, Central Saint Martins has been exploring whether to set up a new kind of MBA (Master of Business Administration) course.

This series of blog posts is where we start taking some of our thinking public and contribute to the important conversation about the role of creativity and design thinking in managing and organising, and in developing new responses to global challenges. At its core, this vision is about creating new opportunities, not problem-solving, by combining creativity with analysis. We’ve been inspired by many other initiatives around the world including:

  • The MBA Design Strategy at California College of the Arts
  • The at Stanford, which brings together students from different departments to work together on projects
  • CSM’s own MA Innovation Management which develops strategic collaborative practitioners who can identify, and develop, innovative business and public sector opportunities
  • Non-university learning and collaboration projects such as Makerversity, ImpactHub, THNK and KaosPilots
  • And many, many more

Over the past few months we’ve used several different methods to do research and synthesise our findings into a proposition, which we are now testing through an online survey with partners Shift Learning. The sorts of things we have done include:

  • Interviewing MBA and MA innovation management graduates from traditional business schools as well as the newer, hybrid courses
  • Interviewing employers and entrepreneurs about the knowledge and skills they think the next generation of managers and entrepreneurs need to develop
  • Reading research reports and hearing from MBA course directors about
  • Trends in management education
  • Exposing our emerging proposition to critical friends in Central Saint Martins’ partner network
  • Setting up an advisory board of leading practitioners and academics to guide and challenge our thinking

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting guest blogs by many of the people we’ve been in dialogue with as well by Central Saint Martins members of staff. We’ll share findings from our online survey testing our proposition. Central Saint Martins is taking this dialogue and this research seriously. The findings will shape the post-graduate course it develops. Get in touch to share your thoughts about what managers and entrepreneurs need to develop their skills and knowledge, and what Central Saint Martins should and should not do. We look forward to the conversation. Lucy Kimbell, academic lead, Central Saint Martins MBA @lixindex    

More information:
California College of the Arts Design MBA Programs
Stanford  Innovation Management
THNK School of Creative Leadership KaosPilots

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Book of 19th Century Fashions Gets a Makeover

The scrapbookFor her final project, Camberwell conservation student Corinne Henderson breathed new life into a scrapbook of 19th century fashion plates from our museum.

The book contains 191 plates taken from a variety of English and French publications, including Lady’s Magazine and La Belle Assemble. The images, which are predominantly hand-coloured engravings, depict society women’s dress from 1800 to 1890. They offer a fascinating insight into the contemporary culture.

Fashion plates were published in magazines from the late 18th century and throughout the 1900s, and were a popular way for people to stay up to date with the latest high-class fashions. They are rather specific, with titles including “morning dresses for July 1800” and “evening promenade dress in May 1809”.

Looking smart

Although it is not known when the book was compiled, it was probably created in the 20th Century as a source of reference and inspiration for costume students. The scrapbook is part of a small collection of two other books – one covering mostly male fashions, and the other accessories and ephemera.

The condition of the book prior to treatment was poor, but Corinne managed to get it into a fit state for handling, display and research. She worked with our Head of Museum, Judy Willcocks, to make sure she did so without damaging the scrapbook’s integrity.

Thanks to Corinne, the book is now fully functional as a scrapbook and available in the Museum for people who want to see it. You can read full details about the restoration process on her blog.

More information:
Corinne’s blog
Our Museum and Study Collection
Judy Willcocks profile

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Colouring Crayons Draw Community Together

With a little help from strangers, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation student Jemima Wilson turned her street in Stepney, East London, into a community art gallery.

Wilson posted a letter through the door of each house on her road, asking the inhabitants to draw a group portrait of themselves. Costs were minimal – she simply provided crayons and Blu Tack – but the rewards were huge. Within a week of making her request, Wilson saw 35 portraits pop up in neighbouring windows.

The enterprise, with its array of sketched families, smiling faces, scribbled messages and crayon cats, was featured in a Time Out article on “kind-hearted projects”. Talking about her idea, Wilson said: “It’s my response to living on a road where I still don’t know anyone. If I can’t change the world, perhaps I can change a street.”

More information:
BA Culture, Criticism and Curation
The Dear Neighbour project
Dear Neighbour in Time Out

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Ed Marler Joins Fashion East Lineup for SS15

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

BA Fashion graduate Ed Marler will make his London Fashion Week debut in the Fashion East catwalk show in September 2014.

Fashion East is a scheme that supports young designers by providing catwalk sponsorship, financial bursaries, Paris sales showroom support and ongoing business mentoring. Joining Marler for the group catwalk show will be Fashion East’s AW14 breakouts Helen Lawrence, who graduated from our MA Fashion course, and Louise Alsop.

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013 Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013 Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013 Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

Marler’s 2013 graduate collection The Trials of an Impossible Princess featured an opulent mish-mash of faux leopard, blue denim bell sleeves and a dress of knotted pink satin bandanas. Accessories included giant ‘MUM’ door knocker earrings and crowns moulded from furniture.

Rising star Marler has already made a name for himself, with fans ranging from M.I.A. to megastylist Katie Grand. Fashion East Founder and Director Lulu Kennedy MBE said: “Ed is great. I like his vision and how he puts things together so confidently. He’s a very fun new addition to our brilliant girls Louise Alsop and Helen Lawrence, who made strong debuts last season.”

More information:
BA Fashion
Fashion East

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Find New Ways to Play in Tuffnell Park

A playful new installation has arrived at in Tuffnell Park, London. The project was concieved and co-ordinated by Central Saint Martins graduates, with support from our widening participation team.

Until 27 July, The Homezone has taken up residence in Lupton Street, outside Eleanor Palmer School. The piece was conceived for Platzdeplay, an innovative collaborative project that works with groups of young people to examine the nature of play and public space.

As part of the project, there will also be urban interventions taking place in Saint-Erme and Stuttgart.

More information:
Find the installation on Google Maps
Widening participation

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Texprint Selects Six Central Saint Martins Winners

BA Textiles Texprint winners with Anne Smith.

Left to right: Anne Smith (Dean), Federica Tedeschi, Jessica Hymas, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, Kaila Cox, Georgia Fisher and Zana Ajvazi.

Six graduates from our BA Textile Design course have been selected by Texprint, a prestigious national Textile competition that takes place annually.

Winners Federica Tedeschi, Jessica Hymas, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, Kaila Cox , Georgia Fisher and Zana Ajvazi specialised in a range of disciplines during their time at Central Saint Martins, including weave, knit and print.

Each of the graduates will be given a stand at Indigo, which forms part of Parisian fashion trade fair Premier Vision. In addition to this, they will receive mentoring throughout their Texprint year.

Many of the successful Central Saint Martins graduates have been shortlisted for additional prizes. The awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on 17 September 2014.

More information:
BA Textile Design
Texprint 2014

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