Cardiff School of Art & Design

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Cardiff School of Art & Design
Former names
Cardiff School of Art
Established 1865
Type Public
Students 1,000
Location Cardiff, Wales
Campus Urban
Dean Professor Gaynor Kavanagh Dphil Mphil MFA

Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD) is one of the five schools that comprise Cardiff Metropolitan University. It originated as the Cardiff School of Art in 1865.


Cardiff School of Art & Design opened in 1865 as the Cardiff School of Science & Art[1] with lessons initially taking place on the top floor of the Cardiff Free Library and Museum.[2] In 1867 a distinct School of Art was formed, based on the Art Night School, with 65 young pupils aged between 9 and 17. In 1868 an older intake was accepted, of 50 'artisan' students between 17 and 25 years old.[3]

In 1966 a new six-storey campus was built in Howard Gardens, Cardiff, with large studios facing north. The building was designed by the Cardiff City Architect, John Dryburgh.[4]

The School merged with other colleges in 1976 to become part of South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education (later Cardiff Institute of Higher Education and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff).[1] It is the oldest constituent part of Cardiff Metropolitan University.[5]

The School now occupies a brand new purpose built building at the Universities Llandaff Campus.[6][not in citation given] This new building has extensive purpose built studios and workshops and includes the Schools Foundry and Ceramics facilities as well as its undergraduate, postgraduate and research studios and workshops.

About CSAD[edit]

Cardiff School of Art & Design was assessed as one of the top 40 destinations to study art and design in the UK by in 2010.[7]

CSAD has nine 'Subject' areas: Fine Art, Ceramics, Architectural Design & Technology, Product Design, Graphic Communication, Illustration, Drawing, Textiles and a history and theory subject area called Constellation. All of its 'Subjects' can be studied at undergraduate, (BA/BSc) postgraduate (MDes/MFA/MSc) and at research degree level (PhD) or Professional Doctorate (PDoc). CSAD has a number of partner colleges who deliver its Art & Design Foundation Diploma, HNCs, Foundation Degrees and a further BA on its behalf as well as close links with Ffotogallery, Cardiff and Cardiff University Medical School. It has research affiliations with numerous other UK, EU and International Universities. CSAD has a jointly delivered MDes in Experience Design with the Samsung Art and Design Institute (SADI) in South Korea as well as a number of other international partners in India, the USA, Mexico, China and Australia.

CSAD is affiliated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, European University Association, and University Alliance.[8]

Subjects at CSAD[edit]

Architectural Studies BScHons Architectural Design Technology. MDes. PDoc Ecological Practices: Building. PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

Artist Designer: Maker BaHons Artist Designer: Maker. MDes. MFA PDoc Art. PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

Ceramics BaHons Ceramics. MA Ceramics. MDes. MFA. PDoc Art. PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

Constellation MDes. MFA. MA Art & Science. MA Philosophy. MA Ecologies. MA Death & Visual Cultures MA Histories & Theories of Urban Design PDoc Design. PDoc Art. Mphil/PhD.

Fine Art BaHons Fine Art. MFA. PDoc Art. Mphil/PhD.

Graphic Communication BaHons Graphic Communication. MDes. PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

Illustration BaHons Illustration. MDes. MFA. PDoc Design. PDoc Art. Mphil/PhD.

Photographic Practice BaHons Photographic Practice (Taught at Cardiff Arts Academy).

Product Design BaHons Product Design. BScHons Product Design. MSc Advanced Product Design. MDes (Joint with Samsung Art & Design Institute. Seoul, Sth Korea). MA. PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

Textiles BaHons Textiles MDes. MFA. PDoc Design. PDoc Art. Mphil/PhD.


The school's Art and Design research is conducted through the Wales Institute for Research in Art and Design (WIRAD). In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Art & Design panel rated 95% of the research submission as international standard, with 70% rated as either Internationally Excellent or World Leading.[9]

It is home to a number of highly regarded international standard research groups which range across the humanities, art, design and sciences as well as the Centre for Ceramic studies.[10]

Cardiff Open Art School[edit]

The Cardiff Open Art School (COAS) is part of the School, and runs classes in photography, ceramics, life drawing, printmaking and several other disciplines for part-time students in the Cardiff area in particular through the School's relationship with FFotogallery, Cardiff.


In June 2010, the CSAD Summer Degree Show was voted the best in the UK for painting by Artists and Illustrators magazine.[11]

In 2009, CSAD won both a HEIST bronze award and a best publication award at the Association of Commonwealth Universities Annual Marketing and Communications awards.[12]

Global Partnerships[edit]

Samsung Art & Design Institute (SADI)[edit]

Cardiff School of Art & Design and the Samsung Art & Design Institute offer a trans-national Master of Design (MDes). Students study component parts in for this Master's degree in both Cardiff and Seoul and a system of free study and research exchange exists between the two institutions. A new Professional Doctorate in Design, acting as a doctoral extension of the Masters award, commenced in October 2012.

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Category:Alumni of Cardiff School of Art and Design

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The History of Cardiff Metropolitan University". CMU. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Sixth Annual Report 1867–68. Cardiff Free Library and Museum and Science and Art Schools. 1868. p. 7. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Headmaster's Report". Sixth Annual Report 1867–68. Cardiff Free Library and Museum and Science and Art Schools. 1868. pp. 13–14. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Newman, John (2001), The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan, Penguin Books, p. 306, ISBN 0-14-071056-6 
  5. ^ "Cardiff, University of Wales Institute". The Independent. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Study in Wales University UK Postgraduate Study at Wales University, London, England". Global Opportunities. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Guardian League Tables
  8. ^ "University of Wales Institute, Cardiff". 4International Colleges and Universities. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Research areas & RAE assessment results
  10. ^ "Introduction - Cardiff School of Art and Design". Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  11. ^ June 2010 issue
  12. ^ Press Release
  13. ^ Moore, David (2012). A Taste of the Avant-garde: 56 Group Wales 56 Years. Crooked Window. pp. 35, 78–80. ISBN 978-0-9563602-1-2. 
  14. ^ Ian Chilvers, John Glaves-Smith, ed. (2009), A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-199239665, retrieved 6 January 2014 
  15. ^ Martin Holman, Terry Setch, Lund Humphries, Surrey (2009), ISBN 978-1-84822-023-2, Chronology pp 147/8.

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