Cardiff School of Art & Design

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Cardiff School of Art & Design
Former names
Cardiff School of Art
DeanProfessor Olwen Moseley

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-story 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]

In 2013, Cardiff Metropolitan University put its 2.25 acre Howard Gardens campus up for sale with the intention of moving to a new site in summer 2014.[6] The School now occupies a brand new purpose built building at the university's Llandaff Campus.[7] This new building has extensive purpose built studios and workshops and includes the MIT FabLab, the Perceptual Experience Laboratory, 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.[8]

As of 2019, CSAD has eleven undergraduate programmes (BA Animation, BSc Architectural Technology, BA Ceramics, BA Fashion Design, BA Fine Art, BA Graphic Communication, BA Illustration, BA Interior Design, BA Photographic Practice, BA/BSc Product Design, BA Textiles and a core ideas, histories and theories subject area called Constellation)

CSAD has eight postgraduate programmes (MRes Art & Design), MA Illustration & Animation, MA Ceramics & Maker, MA Fashion Design, MFA Fine Art, MDes Global Design, MA Creative Innovation & Enterprise and MSc Product Design).

CSAD also offers doctoral research degrees leading to Research Doctorate (PhD) and also Professional Doctorate (DProf) (DEng) (DSBE) and the MRes research training programme.

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 and study exchange agreements with numerous other UK, EU and International Universities.

CSAD is affiliated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, European University Association, and University Alliance.[9]


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.[10]

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.[11]

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 and tactileBOSCH, Cardiff. [12]


In June 2010, the CSAD Summer Degree Show was voted the best in the UK for painting by Artists and Illustrators magazine.[13]

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.[14]

Global Partnerships[edit]

Quality Assurance International (QAI) together with Planet EDU offer a number of awards closely based on the Cardiff School of Art & design curriculum. These awards run up to diploma level in a number of centres across India. The School has exchange partners right across the world as diverse and far afield as Australia, California, Mexico, Reunion, India, South Korea, Egypt and Lebanon as well as Erasmus partners around Europe all of whom offer Cardiff School of Art & Design students opportunities for travel and exchange.

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. ^ Sion Barry (7 November 2014). "Cardiff Metropolitan University puts Howard Gardens site up for sale". Wales Online. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Study in Wales University UK Postgraduate Study at Wales University, London, England". Global Opportunities. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.[failed verification]
  8. ^ Guardian League Tables
  9. ^ "University of Wales Institute, Cardiff". 4International Colleges and Universities. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  10. ^ Research areas & RAE assessment results
  11. ^ "Introduction - Cardiff School of Art and Design". Retrieved 27 July 2010.
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  13. ^ June 2010 issue
  14. ^ Press Release Archived 5 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ Martin Holman, Terry Setch, Lund Humphries, Surrey (2009), ISBN 978-1-84822-023-2, Chronology pp 147/8.

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