The new initiative forms part of the curriculum at Central Saint Martins for students on three courses: MA Material Futures, BA Jewellery Design and BA Textile Design. Throughout the summer term, students will create work that takes Swarovski upcycled crystal as its starting point, embracing sustainable materials and concepts that have a positive social impact and that address real business challenges.
On completion of the program in Autumn 2019, the Swarovski Conscious Design Hub will go live on the Central Saint Martins website. The online platform will offer insight into sustainability in design, featuring creative content from the projects created throughout the program. Research, drawings, experiments, videos and podcasts from both students and leading figures in creative and sustainability fields will be published on the open source hub.
In addition to the new Conscious Design program, the Swarovski Foundation has expanded its support for a scholarship program benefiting Central Saint Martins’ students. For five years, the Swarovski Foundation has supported one final-year BA student on each of the fashion and jewelry courses. In 2019, this support will extend to eight student scholarships across both courses.
Throughout its 125-year history, Swarovski has established itself as a company that has innovation, creative collaboration and responsible business at its heart. Swarovski currently works on educational initiatives with 17 design schools and aims to drive sustainability into the curriculum of design schools through the use of upcycled crystal and sustainable design challenges. The Swarovski Foundation is committed to promoting creative excellence and supporting education in the arts whilst helping remove barriers to access in the creative industries.