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In defence of creative arts degrees

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Newsletter: FT Weekend

Claudia Gusella’s 2021 BA Fashion show for Central St Martins, London © Niall McInerney

The writer is president and vice-chancellor of the University of the Arts London

“From a meticulously knitted bronze number to a larger-than-life piece made from 600 real duck eggs – this year’s superstar graduates have set the bar exceptionally high.” That’s how Vogue described the 2021 graduation show from Central Saint Martins BA Fashion.

This work was for their undergraduate finals. My final BA exam consisted of a few essays — theirs a groundbreaking design. They will go on to work for the world’s biggest fashion brands, or set up their own label, following in the footsteps of Alexander McQueen or Bethany Williams. Our graduates are some of the most entrepreneurial in the country.

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