FUTURE FWD Scholarship at Central Saint Martins

Zak Group is proud to announce a scholarship to advance equality and inclusion in graphic design named the FUTURE FWD Scholarship, in partnership with London’s globally renowned art and design institution Central Saint Martins. Awarded to a student who identifies as Black, Asian, or from an Ethnic Minority group, the scholarship will provide full maintenance and support for the three years of their degree.

“Our industry needs to expand opportunities for underrepresented communities. As the director of a design studio, I consider it my responsibility to address this imbalance by supporting the next generation of graphic design talent. With the support of my team and our clients, we have established a scholarship to improve access to design education. We hope this will inspire more companies to do the same.”

—Zak Kyes, Creative Director, Zak Group

Zak Group is an international design practice at the forefront of the industry. The studio is renowned for giving shape to contemporary visual culture at the intersection of art, architecture, design, and fashion. Their clients include Anne Imhof, Fact, M+, Paco Rabanne, and Virgil Abloh. Asel Tambay, Art Director at Zak Group, is a graduate of Central Saint Martins.

Dr. Rebecca Ross, Programme Director of Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins said of the partnership, “BA (Honours) Graphic Communication Design is one of the top undergraduate graphic design degrees in the world, consistently producing graduates who play transformational roles. We are determined that our field becomes more inclusive and are excited that the FUTURE FWD Scholarship will help support a new generation of graphic design leaders.”

Special thanks to Barkow Leibinger and Yana Peel for their support of the FUTURE FWD Scholarship.

The recipient of the scholarship will be announced later this year.

Applications will open later in the year for 2024/25.