Cardiff School of Art & Design

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Cardiff School of Art & Design
Former names
Cardiff School of Art
Type Public
Established 1865
Students 1,000
Location Cardiff, Wales
Campus Urban
Dean Professor 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-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]

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]

CSAD has thirteen 'Subject' areas: Animation, Architectural Studies, Ceramics, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, International Design, Photographic Practice, Product Design, Textiles and an ideas, histories and theories subject area called Constellation.

All of its 'Subjects' can be studied at undergraduate, (BA/BSc) postgraduate (MA/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 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]

Subjects at CSAD[edit]

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

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

Artist Designer: Maker MA 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.

Fashion Design (Recruiting for September 2017) MA BaHons Fashion Design MDes. MFA PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

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

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

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

Interior Design MA BaHons Interior Design MDes. MFA PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

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

Product Design BaHons Product Design. BScHons Product Design. MSc Advanced Product Design. MA. PDoc Design. Mphil/PhD.

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

International Design BaHons / BScHons International Design (with pathways) MA. MDes. MSc. Advanced Product Design. PDoc Design. PDoc Art. Mphil/PhD.

Masters Awards

  • MRes, For research skills and project development in Art & Design
  • MA, For advanced Art & Design practice, research and theorisation. This programme currently has six specialist streams: MA Art History, MA Art & Science, MA Design Futures, MA Fashion Futures, MA Illustration and MA Philosophy.
  • MA Ceramics, For advanced ceramics practice.
  • MSc Product Design, For advanced professional design practice and design prototyping.
  • Master of Fine Art, For advanced professional design practice.
  • Master of Design, For advanced professional design practice. A transnational programme taught in partnership with the Samsung Art & Design Institute, in Korea and the UK.

Two new programmes; a Master of Research (MRes) and Master of Architecture (MArch) are planned for September 2017.


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, Cardiff.


In June 2010, the CSAD Summer Degree Show was voted the best in the UK for painting by Artists and Illustrators magazine.[12]

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.[13]

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. [not in citation given]
  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. 
  12. ^ June 2010 issue
  13. ^ Press Release Archived 5 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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 
  16. ^ Martin Holman, Terry Setch, Lund Humphries, Surrey (2009), ISBN 978-1-84822-023-2, Chronology pp 147/8.

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