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Entry requirements: Minimum Tariff: 300 The work of a fine artist is characterised by a profound ability to examine and then create, in physical form, his or her original ideas and unique interpretations of the world around them. Combining technical skill with creative insight, contemporary fine artists are working with diverse materials – from paint to wood, metal to photography, and from performance to print – and are equally established within other disciplines, such as digital design.

Your second year presents an exciting opportunity to travel; to explore all that another culture may teach you about fine art, through an Erasmus programme or a study visit to Rajasthan. Alternatively, as is encouraged throughout your time at CSAD, you may choose to use this time to reach out to existing studios for work experience, or to volunteer in social engagement – whichever route you feel invests the most value in your future goals.


The Fine Art programme at CSAD revolves around studio practice. It is expected that you will develop an affinity with certain materials and concepts; your individual studio space is a forum in which you can develop and test your practice, as you progress in establishing your unique artistic style and voice. You will be part of a community of practice, with opportunities to develop new skills from beyond the Fine Art spectrum, such as those in ceramics, textiles and product development.

In your final year, with a graduate show in early June, you will exhibit a body of work that expresses the culmination of your learning and critical practice. Alongside this, you can choose to produce either a dissertation or a business plan as you lay the foundations for your career, once graduated.

No doubt you would like to look at our facilities and the Llandaff campus and find out more about accommodation, transport in the city and finances.

You will begin your studies exploring the materials of the contemporary fine artist. You will work across a broad range of processes, gaining specialist skills and material knowledge whilst building your confidence in your ideas and practice. You will engage in art history and theory, as well as the links between art, science and philosophy, refining your position within a much broader fine art context.

With excellent international links, opportunities to work across different mediums, and time and space to develop your specialism, the Fine Art programme delivers graduates ready to push boundaries – whether they aspire to become professional artists, find employment in the creative industries, or pursue their studies at postgraduate level.

Meeting applicants is important to us. We like to show you around, answer your questions and talk to you about your work and aspirations.

This year we will be holding seven ‘Big Interview Events’ in our new building. The aims are to welcome candidates applying for places, give you the information you need, and conduct interviews. We will have a lot to show you and will be able to answer all your questions about studying with us and living in Cardiff. The dates of our ‘Big Interview Events’ are as follows, but we will be conducting interviews throughout the year for people who miss these or who are unable to attend on these dates. The Interview Days for 2015 entry are:

Further information: Admissions Tutor: David Fitzjohn

10 DECEMBER 2014 28 & 30 JANUARY 2015 4 & 6 FEBRUARY 2015 11 & 13 FEBRUARY 2015




commitment, you will be encouraged throughout to establish a greater sense of what makes your creative identity both valuable and unique.

Your studies are built around three fundamental aspects of what it is to be an artist, maker, or designer: unique skills; creative ideas; and an ability to contextualise these in a professional situation. These essential qualities – which are dependent upon one another – will form the basis for each of your briefs and assignments, throughout your three years at CSAD. They will be the markers of your progress towards being a well-rounded graduate; an individual who possess not only the talent, but also the confidence, experience, and insight, to thrive as a creative professional in today’s world. Your core skills will be a consistent focus, as you explore both new and established mediums and identify those practices that you’d like to pursue further. In terms of your ideas, your tutors will be encouraging you to constantly reflect, question, and asses; to explore how and why the world came to be as it is and how it might be re-thought or re-imagined. Contextualizing your skills and ideas is about gaining practical and professional experience. You will have a choice of projects to undertake, where you will collaborate with students from across the school’s other disciplines. You will also have the chance to take up placements with an employer or voluntary organization. You may elect to join a research group or exhibit your work. You also have the chance to travel and study in Europe, India, Korea, Australia, Morocco or America. You can even begin to build your own business or creative professional practice. With at least half of your studies delivered through teaching and the other half through your own

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO STUDY WITH LEADING ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS You need to be among people who will share in your passion and help you reach your potential. Our entrance expectations (300 UCAS points) and rigorous, but friendly, interview process create an expert community of students who are serious about their studies in art and design. You will be joining other imaginative, curious and astute students artists, makers and designers in our studios. People who are at the top of their game will teach you. CSAD staff, academic and technical, as well as some of our administrative staff, are practitioners in their own right. Our academic staff are engaged in front-line research and in business projects which ensure that we teach from a real position.

BECAUSE YOU WANT EXCELLENT ART AND DESIGN STUDIOS AND TECHNOLOGIES Professional artists and designers need excellent studios and workshops – and that’s what we provide. Our new facility on the Llandaff Campus is an ideas and creative factory, with extensive workshops and resources. Almost everything and anything we have available is for our students to use, from digital stitch and plaster moulding to our metal foundry and our rapid prototyping workshops. We are also home to the only MIT accredited FabLab in a UK university.

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BUILD A LONG AND REWARDING ART AND DESIGN CAREER You will study three modules each year and, at the end of each year, you’ll have just one single formal assessment. You will be developing your work and improving it throughout the year, following the example of professional artists and designers; this is how they work, so it’s how we work too. You learn by thinking, enquiring and practice. We work closely with design companies, arts and maker organizations, as well as the professional art and design community. There are tangible opportunities for you to gain work experience, bring your skills to a community project, and make professional contacts of the sort that have proven invaluable to countless graduates before you. In your final year, you can elect to produce a detailed business plan instead of a research dissertation. Indeed you can navigate your three years with either a business or an academic focus. It’s up to you. We even have an incubation facility to support our best graduates in the establishment of their companies. All of our Undergraduate programmes can be extended to study up to Masters level as an MDes or MFA (Professional Masters), MA (Academic and Creative Masters) or MPhil (Research Masters). All students achieving a 2:1 or above are guaranteed a place on one of our Masters programmes.

BECAUSE CARDIFF IS AMAZING Cardiff has such great provision for the arts, entertainment and sport. The mountains and sea are within such easy reach. What’s not to like?





• Cardiff Diploma in Foundation Studies

HNC Building Technology and Management (Ystrad Mynach)

HND Architectural Design & Technology

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Master of Fine Art (MFA) Master of Design (MDes) Master of Design (MDes) SADI

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BSc (Hons) Architectural Design & Technology BA (Hons) Artist Designer: Maker BA (Hons) Fine Art BA (Hons) Ceramics BA (Hons) Textiles BA (Hons) Graphic Communication BA (Hons) Illustration BA (Hons) Product Design BSc (Hons) Product Design BA (Hons) Photographic Practice (Bridgend)

MA (Cardiff School of Art & Design) Specialist Pathways only • Art & Science • Philosophy • Ecologies • Death and Visual Culture

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills: Art & Design

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MA Ceramics MSc Advanced Product Design

(Art & Design) (Bridgend) allied programme only • • •

Foundation Degree in Applied Art & Design (Bridgend) Foundation Degree in Ceramics (Cardiff and The Vale College) Foundation Degree in Contemporary Textiles Practice (Cardiff and The Vale College) Foundation Degree in Graphic Communication (Cardiff and The Vale College)

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MPhil PhD Professional Doctorate in Art Professional Doctorate in Design CARDIFF SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, LLANDAFF CAMPUS, WESTERN AVENUE, CARDIFF, CF5 2YB 44 (0)29 2041 6070 +44 (0)29 2041 6640

Cardiff School of Art & Design Fine Art Prospectus 2015/16  
Cardiff School of Art & Design Fine Art Prospectus 2015/16  

The work of a fine artist is characterised by a profound ability to examine and then create, in physical form, his or her original ideas and...