Whether you’re set on moving into a career in art and design or looking to pursue a university degree, entering the creative industries can be rather daunting at first. It’s a highly competitive environment, to say the least, but one that Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, works to make more accessible for all. In its new book, Central Saint Martins: Key Lessons in Art and Design, Lucy Alexander and Timothy Meara, the Curriculum Leaders on the CSM Foundation, have brought together contributions from fellow tutors, alumni and students to present guidance and exercises from across the disciplines. Fashion and textiles, fine art, communication design and three-dimensional design – whichever specialism it is, CSM’s new book has it covered. Here, we’re sharing the first of three extracts from the publication, which begins with a necessary round-up of portfolio top tips.