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As a CSAD student, you are guided to attain a thorough, deep understanding of your chosen specialism. But you venture beyond your subject. You collaborate with fellow students. Explore the ideas and theory behind your craft. Draw inspiration from everywhere and everyone and see where it takes you.

At Cardiff School of Art and Design, creativity is shaped by your experiences. We give you opportunities to see things differently, to explore disciplines and cultures. We push you to expand your horizons and build your skills every single day.

Connect with the world around you. Examine it from every angle. Question it, feel it. Open yourself to new experiences. If you feed your creativity, you could change the world.


We work with students who are serious about art and design, ready to take control of their experiences and their future. So if you’re ambitious, curious, and ready to pour your heart and soul into your university experience, we’d love to meet you.

Learn how to shape your future. So when you leave us, to be a practitioner, take your studies further or set up your own business - you’re ready to change the world.

Choose your own path. Develop new skills in our extensive workshops. Create a business plan - or travel abroad. Get a taste of professional life with a placement with one of our industry partners, or critique the latest research.

Because when you see a textile project through the eyes of a product designer - or apply architectural thinking to fine art, you create something new, that makes the world sit up.

In essence a traditional Art & Design School with a 150 year history. You could say that what we do is STEAMD - Science Technology Engineering and Maths, but with the added crucial creative ingredients of Art and Design. 2



Our curriculum is innovative. It allows for transformative transdisciplinary opportunities. Having more, and varied, experiences brings more connections that enable creativity and hybridity. 5

A degree at Cardiff School of Art & Design is good value - it provides experiences and opportunities that are future proof. 60% of graduates will, in 10 years, be working in jobs that don’t exist yet. Futurework - Trends and challenges for work in the 21st Century 6



Our teaching is research-led; our research is world class. It bridges art & science, design & well-being. Students’ ideas are part of that.



We want to be citizens of the world, our partnerships with industry and institutions in the UK and internationally are productive and add value to business and culture. 11


Our staff and students make a contribution to society and communities. We think global, act local. We are agents for positive change.



Cardiff School of Art & Design graduates are practitioners, entrepreneurs, leaders, employable and the employers of the future. We bring our contacts and networks with industry into our studios. 15

Our studios are lively and stimulating spaces where students and tutors interact in a variety of different ways; some formal, others more relaxed but all designed to encourage creative and analytical thinking. Students work within a community of practising artists and designers, where discussions between students in different years and in different subjects are promoted and encouraged.



We have purpose built workshops supported by highly skilled Technical Demonstrators.


Using our ‘state of the art’ equipment, you will create your own vocabulary of material skills and understanding in both traditional materials and digital media, and apply this to your unique creative ends.


“Whenever we get these types of modules I’m always amazed by the amount of work that gets achieved by everyone in such a short space of time. Obviously, I managed to get my Rubbish Orchestra piece completed in the nick of time but really the whole point of field is not the final outcome but the things I had to do to get to that outcome. So what have I learnt from this whole experience? The first thing I would have to say is how I have learnt to not just wait for opportunities to get handed to me on a plate but to actually go out and look for problems that need to be solved. The whole reason the rubbish orchestra came about was because my house was having an issue with the amount of rubbish we had and I looked at that and wondered how I could apply it to a concept affecting the wider world, namely the millions of children around the world who don’t have access to toys and objects that allow us to express our playfulness. Another thing I noticed about this task was that it was one of the first times that I have ever linked a project to such a large world problem, I usually just stick to things that either 20

directly affect me or my client but this process has allowed me to open up a little bit and start to think about problems that have a longer lasting impact on a greater range of people. I think it is a social responsibility and necessity of a designer to look at the ways they can improve the lives of others so I’m glad that this project made us think about wellbeing and made me look at other peoples lives. One of the things that I would criticise myself for is potentially not risking enough and not pushing enough boundaries. I decided to stick to an existing piece of music and just replicate it and I think the next step from here would be to push myself out of my comfort area and create a completely original composition as overall the whole point of this project was to find a new way to allow people who don’t necessarily get to create stuff that opportunity. Going forward in future projects I think I will definitely try to become more of a risk taker. This module was called Play and Creativity and I think that playing around is one of the best things I can do in order to produce some truly unique work.� Marcus Price, reflecting on Field module



96% of our graduates secure employment or enter further study within six months of graduation. DHLE 2015 The UK creative economy comprises an estimated 2.9m jobs or 1 in 11 of all UK jobs. Creative Industries: Focus on Employment, DCMS. 23

FabLab Cardiff is open for people to ‘make almost anything’. Equipped with 3D printing and other emerging technologies, FabLab Cardiff builds on the experience of the global FabLab network, as well as research and technical expertise of Cardiff School of Art & Design, to create an experimental workshop for Wales and beyond. Check for membership details and workshop / short course opportunities




CSAD's Inc. Space provides an opportunity for our graduates to spend an additional year with the School to launch their own business or career as a practising artist or designer. For 12 months you’d receive mentoring from an academic to develop your practice, a business mentor to develop your skills and studio space within the Inc. Space. You have access to all of the School's workshops and facilities and support from our technical team. The School works closely with the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship and a wide range of professionals who provide workshops, talks and advice to ensure you're in the strongest position to succeed in the long term.


International collaboration We value the exciting opportunities that international collaboration provides and are partnered with notable global institutions including Samsung Art & Design Institute (SADI, South Korea) and Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT, Egypt).


We’re engaged in a range of internationally excellent and world leading research, commercial activity, industry collaborations and community engagement. We organise student trips abroad, which allow opportunities for students to experience other cultures, customs, norms and practices. Over 200 students beneďŹ ted from going abroad (including exploration visits to China, India, Morocco and South Korea) last academic year.


“For me, I felt welcome from the day of my interview, I remember everyone being genuinely friendly. That coupled with the fact I liked the look of the course, and I liked the look of the city made CSAD the easy choice for me.

I loved that I could cycle through the park to get to uni, and I loved that we could sit by the river on a summer’s evening.” Chessie Gordon Band, Graduate

Cardiff, City of the Unexpected 2016 30


Undergraduate courses Animation Architectural Design Technology Artist Designer: Maker Ceramics Fashion Design Fine Art Graphic Communication Illustration Interior Design International Design Product Design Textiles




Your degree Each year of Cardiff School of Art & Design undergraduate degree courses is built upon three core modules. These are called Subject, Field & Constellation. Subject This is your specialism, your home during your time at university. The subject modules will immerse you in the concepts and practices of your chosen degree. You will be creatively and academically challenged, whilst building on your existing skills by taking part in workshops, tutorials and studio practice projects relevant to your discipline. Field The interdisciplinary ďŹ eld modules are designed to make you look around you, experience different ideas in collaboration with students from other courses, noticing differences and similarities and widening your experiences. There will be choices for you to make and new experiences to try. You can start to think about the kind of artist or designer you want to be, try out a business idea, work alongside a research project or take a study trip abroad.

Constellation These modules introduce you to the wider world of ideas, theory and contextual studies within, outside and beyond art & design. You will learn how art & design contributes to and is inuenced by a network of contemporary social, cultural, historical and philosophical settings. You will choose to study an academic subject in depth that will inform your practice and produce a range of written/practical work in response. Typically students will ultimately produce a dissertation, a business plan or a combination of theory and practice.


Year 1 •

Subject (e.g. Animation 2 x 30 credits)

Field - collaborate (20 credits) Widen your horizons by joining students from other courses to collaborate on a project. You’ll take inspiration from other disciplines to build on your experience and expand your creativity – and use your skills and insight to apply them to your work.

Constellation – concept (40 credits) This module introduces you to the wider world of ideas, theory and contextual studies to help you develop your academic research skills and critical thinking. You’ll focus on particular areas of interest in study groups and you’ll become familiar with the exciting transdisciplinary research and expertise in Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Year 2 •

Subject (40 credits)

Field - explore (40 credits) You’ll expand your experiences with challenging projects designed to encourage you to explore and experiment outside your immediate discipline. This transformative opportunity leads to new thinking and innovation – and opens up all kinds of future possibilities. You’ll take on exciting projects that challenge you in new ways. You can also choose to travel, take a work placement, start your own business or try something new.

Constellation – critique (40 credits) Through critiquing literature, journals and artifacts, you’ll hone your ability to place your art & design practice into historical, critical and practical contexts. You will have opportunities to interact with students and staff from other fields and practices and delve deeper into your areas of interest.


Year 3 •

Subject (40 credits)

Field – consolidate (40 credits) Your final term is dedicated to a major project and an exhibition of your work. This is where you draw together everything you’ve learned during the course and is the launch pad to your future career.

Constellation – contribution (40 credits) Your practice is informed by your knowledge of the world. You will demonstrate your research and analysis skills in your final constellation submission, where you’ll explore your ideas in both written and practical forms.

“Constellation, Field and Subject are a great mix and have definitely prepared me for the world of work in my own research and in the commercial design industry, whereby working in a multidisciplinary team is now the norm and is something I feel comfortable and even get excited about as a result. I take this transferable skill into anything I do.” BA (Hons) Product Design (Third Year) 37

Animation BA (Hons)

Animators breathe life into stories, making even the simplest line drawing magically come alive, and engaging anyone in a language that is understood by all. On this course you become familiar with the techniques, principles and skills that open up the world of animation. You learn to create the illusion of motion – using time, sound and form to bring images, ideas and stories to life. You take complex information and use both traditional mediums as well as new technologies to assemble meaningful narratives. Build on your critical and analytical skills. Develop your individual voice as well as your expertise – and learn how to apply your skillset across the creative industries. Emerge as an animator with the skills, confidence and critical thinking to dive into the growing world of professional animation. Course content includes: • Fundamentals of 2D, 3D and stop motion animation • Storyboarding and film language for animation • Life drawing • Storytelling and direction • Camera, lighting and composition • Art direction; creating and designing characters and worlds • Characterization and acting for animation • Mixed media and experimental animation • New platforms, gaming, VR and installation • Traditional and digital production techniques and process; from idea development to delivery • Professional practice and business skills For further information: Admissions Tutor: Owen Stickler


Architectural Design and Technology BSc (Hons)

Architecture shapes the world around us. It reflects our societies and it influences the way we think and feel. Architecture dominates our skyline, transforms our cities, changes the way we live and work – and becomes part of our narrative. On this course, you develop a deep technical understanding of how buildings work and the techniques and materials you need to construct them. You learn to appreciate the historical context of architectural design, while embracing both traditional and innovative technologies. As you progress through your studies, you’ll become mindful of how architectural technology impacts on the world around us, how your work affects our environment and how your practices and approaches can make a positive impact. You may start your degree with a simple desire to design buildings. But you’ll finish with the knowledge, skills and passion to start shaping the way we live and work – and change our world for the better. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) enabling graduates to progress to become fully chartered members in this diverse and exciting profession. Course content includes: • Architectural drawing and presentation skills • Building design, interpreting a brief and meeting clients’ needs • Construction technology – how buildings are structured and constructed • Construction materials and finishes • Law and regulatory controls relating to design of buildings • Specification writing • Architectural detailing • Architectural science – heating, cooling, ventilation etc. • Innovation and sustainability • Professional practice, the business of architectural practice For further information: Admissions Tutor: Nick Evans 029 2020 5011 39

Artist Designer: Maker BA (Hons)

Makers are artists. Designers. Innovators. They work with their hands – creating the objects that shape our world. In a course that has making at its heart, you gain hands-on experience with materials from metals, glass and ceramics through to wood and textiles. You learn to bridge the gap between age-old skills and the latest technology – and create new ways of making for our ever-changing world. You develop your unique style and consider where your work sits within creative practice. You learn from industry experience – and take inspiration from practicing makers. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to investigate and develop an idea all the way through to realisation – whether it’s a working product, decorative object or installation. You’ll be a maker – and the future will be in your hands. Course content includes: Metal - Casting in bronze, aluminium and pewter, welding, soldering, forging and small metalworking including enamelling Ceramics - Modelling, throwing, mould making, casting, firing and glazing Wood - Joinery, turning, marquetry Glass - Casting, fusing, slumping and painting Textiles - Stitch, print and construction Digital fabrication - 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D digital modelling (Rhino), scanning, digital stitch, digital print textiles, Arduino/electronics and augmented reality For further information: Admissions Tutor: Dr Jon Pigott 029 2041 5563


Ceramics BA (Hons)

The iron in our blood and calcium in our bones, the earth beneath our feet, the building blocks of ‘home’ and the cup from which we drink no other material contains such rich narrative as the material of clay. To be a ceramist is to learn to feel the world through your hands, to appreciate the materiality of your surroundings, to question, take risks and rise to creative challenges – using both traditional methods and cuttingedge approaches. This dynamic and progressive programme has a long-standing global reputation for excellence in the field that attracts students, practitioners and academics from all over the world. You will join a vibrant community of creative thinkers, learning from each other to shape, mould and convey meaning, to tell stories. By the time you graduate, you’ll have started your career, developed visionary ideas and changed perceptions of the material world. Course content includes: • Alchemy - glaze technology, encompassing geographical and sociohistorical debate • Throwing – traditional pottery techniques from domestic ware and double walled vessels to sculptural composite forms • Hand modelling – the human form in clay, from ornamental and sculptural work to fine base relief • Cob building – traditional practices with contemporary application, encompassing sustainable builds and environmentally aware practices • Mold making – casting in plaster, mixed-media molds (fabric/combustible), composite molds, lathe turning • Surface pattern - printing techniques – including transfers, screen print and on-glaze • Firing – electric, gas, raku, soda, saggar, building external kilns to explore both function and performance • Digital fabrication – including learning software and application of 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC modelling For further information: Admissions Tutor: Duncan Ayscough 029 2041 6343 41

Fashion Design BA (Hons)

This course is designed to reflect contemporary practice and to inspire you to succeed in this fast moving industry. Fashion expresses our values, culture and society. More importantly, it influences and shapes them. So when you become a fashion designer, you become an influencer. You will explore your individual talents through the professional design process, which creates freedom with constraints and reflectivity with spontaneity. The course embeds innovation and risk taking right into the design process from concept to final product, with consideration for commercial viability and creativity at its core. You will become multi-skilled, flexible, resourceful and creative fashion practitioners with well-developed transferable and interpersonal skills. You will work within a creative environment with well-equipped workshops and studios that support and create our vibrant student community where personal talent and individual development are shared, exchanged and nurtured. You’ll also gain an understanding of the ethical issues facing the fashion industry. So you graduate as a responsible designer ready to shape the industry. Course content includes: • Broad-Range Creative Research • Design Processes, Experimentations and Developments • Fashion Drawing, Communication and Illustration • Creative Cutting, Design and Flat Pattern Drafting • Stand Modeling and Draping • Design and Tailoring • Garment Production and Industry Manufacture • Integration Design, Technology and Theory • Photoshop, Illustrator and Cad Software • Fabric, Colour, Trends, Market Research and Forecasting • Designing and Range Building • Designers Professional Portfolio Presentation For further information: Admissions Tutor: Irene Dee 029 2020 6637 42

Fine Art BA (Hons)

It takes rare and special ability to become a fine artist. You need both technical skill and creative insight to produce work that conveys an original perspective. This course gives you the space, freedom and support to fully express your artistic vision. Choose your own journey – define your interests and practices and immerse yourself in exploration. You will develop skills through an engagement with traditional materials and contemporary technologies within a studio practice culture. A wider view is a crucial part of your evolution as an artist. You explore the intricate connections between ideas and intention through materials, practice and philosophy. And you gain insights from art history and critical theory, and apply them directly to your work. Be ambitious, disciplined and motivated in your practice – and you’ll graduate with the skills, confidence and critical ability to begin your career as a professional artist. Course content includes: • Critical thinking / critical judgement (Immersion in both the historical and contemporary art practice / thinking) • Process & Material Based Learning: (painting, video, animation, printmaking, photography, drawing, performance, plaster, robotics, public art, participatory and inclusive practices, woodwork, metal work, ceramics, product design, bronze casting, sewing) • Individual Responsibility / Self Motivation • Independence / Confidence / Imagination/ Play • Enquiry driven speculative practice For further information: Admissions Tutor: David Fitzjohn 029 2041 6622


Graphic Communication BA (Hons)

As a graphic designer you become a skilled interpreter, turning great ideas into memorable visual messages. Someone who takes complex information and makes it easy for an audience to enjoy and understand. Someone who brings ideas to life. Learn how to use words, images, colour, metaphor, symbols and stories to craft meaningful messages. Refine your technical skills and strategic thinking. And create visual ideas that will inform, persuade, provoke or entertain – ideas that will make your audience sit up and take note. Explore the studio environment, gain insight into how industry works with real-world experience and collaborate with practising designers who are leading the field. With a combination of practical, intellectual and vocational experience, this award-winning course equips you with the creative edge you need to go out into the design world and make a name for yourself. Course content includes: • Typography • Image Making • Conceptual Thinking • Editorial Design • Advertising • Social Design & Sustainability • Information Design • Moving Image • Web Design • Narrative and Sequence • Professional Practice For further information: Admissions Tutor: Ray Nicklin 029 2041 6633


Illustration BA (Hons)

Illustration always has a purpose, making sense of complex ideas. As illustrators, you will work to enable understanding of the everyday; enriching literature and poetry and responding to social issues from science, medicine, politics and economics. You will be asked to explore and experiment with materials, technical skills and challenging subject matter, developing visual languages, which communicate in a visceral way. You will define your purpose from your interests and strengths, and by being exposed to ideas and subject matters you are not ordinarily drawn to. You will test how images ‘work’, in a variety of environments and scenarios – alongside and integrated with animation, film, printed and digital media. Illustration is constantly extending its reach, and whether it’s working with clients and collaborators or authoring and directing your own projects, you will graduate with a multitude of transferable skills. In an industry that’s constantly growing, you will be asked to consider the power of images in a visually saturated world and to shape your own practice enabling your work to speak to audiences in a way that’s helpful, humble and inclusive. Course content includes: • Drawing experimental and observational • Painting • Printmaking • Understanding colour • Characterisation • Composition • Storytelling • Animation stop-frame/experimental • Book binding • Editorial illustration • Poster design • Design for personal website • Live briefs/ competitions For further information: Admissions Tutor: Amelia Johnstone 029 2041 6643 45

Interior Design BA (Hons)

The spaces we inhabit deeply influence our thinking and emotional states and you will learn to use spaces to inspire harmony, energy and productivity. You discover how to blend function and aesthetics, striking liveable balances between the pleasing and the practical. You learn how to examine a space from every angle and explore every possibility. You develop a keen eye for detail – along with an understanding of the technical, legal and logistical skills interior designers need. You experiment with light, sound, material, colour and technology – and bring them together to create stimulating and effective spaces for living, work and play. This course gives you ample opportunities to get involved in contemporary design practice and learn from leading practitioners and academics. Which means when you leave us, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and creative vision to drive your career. Course content includes: • Remodelling; preserving; restoring; renovating existing sites • Create user-centered environments (live; work; rest; play) • Analyse Client Culture (design language; mood; atmosphere) • Formulate design strategies • Create appropriate places for experience • Produce Tectonic Detail information • Sketching and scaled technical drawing • Model-making and 3D visualising (CAD; Virtual Reality; Perceptual Experience Lab) • Developing relationships with clients, fabricators and other specialists • Legal and Regulatory Frameworks For further information: Admissions Tutor: Craig Thomas 029 2041 6147


International Design BA/BSc

The world needs creative and flexible designers who can take a broad and creative view of design and welcome new and unfamiliar ideas and techniques. The BA/BSc International Design programme is a one year Level 6 award that allows students from anywhere in the world to convert their diploma into an honours degree. We invite students from any field of design to join us in the creative and thoughtful development of novel design solutions and outcomes and to become a designer with a truly global outlook. You will work within in an interdisciplinary design environment, strengthening your existing skills and practices within an international context and generating a body of work that has international scope and awareness that will make you highly employable and comfortable with diverse international clients. You’ll have the opportunity to create and learn alongside people from another part of the world and to extend your skills as a strategic designer with an international focus. It will also prepare you for further postgraduate study, doctoral research and publishing, if that is your ambition. Course content includes: • Advanced design skills • Shaping design for particular social, cultural and economic contexts • Public speaking and presentation skills • Curatorial and exhibition skills • International design negotiation and promotion skills • Learning how to act as global citizens and problem solvers • Negotiating complex cultural nuances through design practice • Experience in self-directed research • The development of visual communication skills to communicate within an international, interdisciplinary context • Gaining an awareness of emerging global issues of concern and also the barriers to creative design For further information: BA - BSc - Admissions Tutor: Gareth Barham 029 2041 5668 47

Product Design BA/BSc (Hons)

The things in our lives, the objects that we love, the equipment we use is all developed by a product designer. Product designers are creative problem solvers. They respond to human needs, have ideas, rigorously test them and turn them into products ready to be manufactured and put to use. This course gives you the skills this fast-moving industry demands. You develop an analytic mind, deep knowledge of materials and technologies – and the ability to create balance between form and function. You learn by doing – with hands-on projects that take you through conception, design and development to manufacture. You constantly reflect on and refine your work, gaining an understanding of human-centered design and taking inspiration from realworld experience and live briefs. You also study the history and theory of design and how it influences the work you do. Opt to study either a BA or a BSc. Whichever you choose, you’ll gain thorough knowledge of the product development process and leave with the skills and expertise you need to become a designer whose products change lives. Course content includes: Design Process: User Centric Methodologies including Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design User Insights: Ethnography Research, Empathy as a Designers tool, testing 2D and 3D Conceptualisation: Sketching, Rapid Prototyping, Hand Modelling Prototyping: Arduino/Electronics, Laser cutting, Computer Numerical Machining (CNC), 3D printing, Woodwork, Stitch, Metal work, Ceramics Design for Manufacture: Industry standard CAD software, CAD/CAM, Exploration of Manufacturing Processes and Material Properties Presentation Techniques: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Keyshot Engineering Science (BSc): Mechanical Properties, Machines and Mechanical advantage, Power Transmission Systems, Analogue and Digital Signal and their processing, Electronics, Computer Programming, Electro Mechanical Systems For further information: BA - BSc -


Admissions Tutor: Dr Clara Watkins 029 2041 6624

Textiles BA (Hons)

Become a skilled, confident and creative designer, with the knowledge and experience you need to make your mark. This course takes you through the tactile world of textiles – from fashion and interior design through to greetings cards, gift-wrap and wallpapers. You gain a deep understanding of texture, colour and pattern – and the techniques you can use to bring them together to create something spectacular. You hone your skills in print, stitch and embroidery. And you experiment with traditional methods and digital technology. Discover the kind of designer you want to be – and the career path you want to follow – as you learn from working designers and artists. Get insight into the commercial world with industry placements and exhibitions. Develop your own unique style – so that when your time comes, you’ll wow the world. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the creative vision and commercial awareness to imagine and build a concept and turn it into a finished product. You’ll be ready to open the door to your future career. Course content includes: • Digital embroidery design and software technology • Traditional hand and machine stitch and embroidery techniques, hand and machine embellishment, including fabric manipulation, beading and finishing skills • Traditional silk-screen printed and hand applied textiles techniques, hand and machine embellishment • Digital textile and paper designs using Mimake industrial digital printers and laser cutters • Photoshop and Illustrator software • Creative drawing and colour theory • Design development and repeating-image pattern-making • Field trip visits to exhibitions and trade fairs • Fabric identification • Chemical and natural dye techniques • Analytical and evaluative skills with ability to record and disseminate • Professional presentation skills For further information:


Admissions Tutor: Dr Keireine Canavan 029 2041 6634

Postgraduate courses Ceramics - MA/PgD/PgC Master of Art (Art and Design) pathways: • Art History • Art & Science • Design Futures • Ecologies • Fashion Design Futures • Philosophy • Illustration Fine Art MFA Master of Design (MDes) Product Design - MSc/PgD/PgC 50


Ceramics MA/PgD/PgC

The MA Ceramics Programme’s aim is to enable each student to identify their true interests and concerns as artists, designers or makers and to develop appropriate methods to explore their ideas and articulate or express them effectively in imaginative or innovative ways, through the medium of ceramics. It also engages students with the key theories and contemporary debates, thus fostering their understandings of the ways in which these influence the development, expression and communication of their ideas, which will impact upon the success of their future practice as artists, makers or academics. Ceramics is a medium in which the practitioner occupies very different positions and frequently has opposing priorities and values drawn from previous personal experiences, technical competence and tacit knowledge. The MA Ceramics programme is for individuals seeking to extend and develop their practice as well as deepen their knowledge and understandings of the subject, as future practitioners, researchers or academics. Course content includes: • Developing authorship of advanced studio work • Challenging norms and questioning conventions through fusing materiality and concept This programme of learning is driven by the student’s self-defined project. To support this, each student is allocated a Personal Tutor and an additional subject-specialist member of staff from within the School. Together they form the Supervisory Team. The nature of the discipline is such that the course will rely on skilled practitioners as the key facilitators of learning, and, reflecting this, a variety of delivery mechanisms will be deployed. However, they will all have a common focus in that they will seek to develop the skills of students as proactive and reflective independent learners. Course Length: One year full-time or two years part-time For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team: 029 2041 6044


For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme administration: 029 2041 6669

Master of Art (Art and Design) MA

The suite of Master of Art (Art and Design) currently offers the following specialist pathways: • Art History • Art & Science • Design Futures • Ecologies • Fashion Design Futures • Philosophy • Illustration The MA Art & Design programme caters for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Fine Art and Design. Typically this might include teachers, aspiring artists or designers, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Fine Art or Design who wish to further their professional practice. It will also cater for those students with first degrees outside Art & Design who wish to convert their career path by following a more theoretical route in Art and Design. The MA Art and Design is designed as a gateway to research or advanced experimental practice. It has an option for students to focus on research (by taking the initial formal PG Cert Research Skills module [RS]) or by taking an alternative creative practice route both leading towards future MPhil/PhD study. Students taking the MA Art and Design will align with specific research and experimental practice pathways, led by academic staff with established practice careers and/or advanced scholarship and research. The MA Art and Design curriculum is designed so that students: • Explore and develop concepts, skills or philosophies • Develop creative skills • Have a trajectory towards progression to MPhil/PhD Course Length: One year full-time or two years part-time For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team: 029 2041 6044


For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme administration: 029 2041 6669

Master of Design MDes

The Master of Design (MDes) programme caters for students who wish to develop their professional practice or knowledge within the discipline of Design. Typically this might include teachers, practicing designers, design consultants, project co-ordinators, or recent graduates in Design who wish to further their professional practice. readily determine where they are in relation to a field and its histories of practices and ways of working. It is the role of the MDes to work outwards, as it were, towards a context for the students practice. The student focus will be on their development of Design Practice relevant to the CSAD Subjects of: Architectural Design and Technology; Product Design; Graphic Communications; Textiles; Ceramics; Artist Designer Maker; and Illustration. The MDes curriculum is designed so that students in the field of Design: • • • •

Kick-start a career or develop an idea Develop professional skills Become able, professional and directed Have a trajectory towards progression to a future Professional Doctorate

Course Length: One year full-time For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team: 029 2041 6044 For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme administration: 029 2041 6669


Master of Fine Art MFA

The Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme caters for students who wish to develop their professional practice or knowledge within the discipline of Fine Art. Typically this might include teachers, practicing artists, community workers, arts administrators, or recent graduates in Fine Art who wish to further their professional practice. The MFA is designed to respond to students who already have a practice and who are able to readily determine where they are in relation to a field and its histories of practices and ways of working. It is the role of the MFA to work outwards, as it were, towards a context for the students’ practice. The student focus will be on their development of Art Practice relevant to the CSAD Subjects of: Fine Art; Textiles; Ceramics; Artist Designer Maker; and Illustration. The MFA curriculum is designed so that students in the field of Fine Art: • • • •

Kick-start a career or develop an idea Develop professional skills Become able, professional and directed Have a trajectory towards progression to a future Professional Doctorate For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team: 029 2041 6044 For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme administration: 029 2041 6669


Product Design MSc/PgD/PgC

This one-year taught course is primarily aimed at design graduates who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge of cutting edge product design practice. . It aims to produce successful individuals who can: • Understand the whole of the professional design development process and how the initial phases flow to inform the latter stages • Appreciate commercial realities and the designer’s role in business • Design desirable products for bespoke, batch or mass manufacture • Understand sustainability, inclusively, and other important ethical and social issues that must be considered by today’s designers • Have traditional design skills such as sketching, dealing with form, communication and innovation • Are able to use design tools such as 3D CAD, CAM and rapid prototyping in order to optimise the design and reduce time to market Cardiff School of Art & Design and the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research have pooled their substantial design and manufacturing expertise to produce this unique course that will equip students with an advanced knowledge of the techniques, technologies and tools being used by today’s designers. The Cardiff School of Art & Design have substantial expertise in the delivery of courses at the interface of engineering and product design whilst the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research is one of the UK’s leading centres for rapid product design & development whose expertise covers the whole process from design management, concept and detailed design, ergonomics and CAD to prototyping, tooling and batch manufacture. This course will tap into the cutting edge research and development work being carried out in the field of product design and rapid product manufacture with companies such as Samsung along with three of the UK’s top five design consultancies. Course Length: One year full-time or two years part-time For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team: 029 2041 6044


For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme administration: 029 2041 6669

International Foundation Course (Art & Design) This course is a one year full-time programme that aims to develop language and academic skills to a level appropriate for successful progression to an intended undergraduate degree course. The programme provides students on successful completion guaranteed opportunity to join Year 1 (Level 4) of any of the undergraduate three-year honours degree courses within Cardiff School of Art & Design. The International Foundation Course (Art & Design) is intended for students who fall into one or both of the following categories: 1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level or equivalent points score. 2. Students who have not achieved the required level in English proficiency. The programme will also help International students to develop their creative practice and to become familiar with the art and design teaching methods employed in UK Universities. There are five compulsory modules: English Language modules: • English Language Proficiency (20 credits) • English for Academic Purposes (20 credits) • Professional Development (20 credits) Art and Design modules: • Practical Art and Design (30 credits) • Art and Design Presentation (30 credits) Place of Study: • English Language modules are delivered through the English Language Training Centre in the Cardiff School of Education, Cyncoed Campus. • Art and Design modules are delivered making use of the purpose built Art & Design studios and workshop facilities in Cardiff School of Art and Design, Llandaff Campus. Course Length: The International Foundation Course (Art and Design) is a full-time course with two intakes each year: • September – June • January – August


How to apply: Please refer to for full details of the application process. Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs: Course dates and prices are available on the English Language Training Centre webpages.

International Summer School The Cardiff Met International Summer School is an exciting opportunity for you to study in a vibrant European capital city, with an opportunity for you to embrace British culture and to connect with students from around the world. In 2017 we will be offering a variety of non-accredited pathways over five of Cardiff Met’s Academic Schools. Check our website for details.

Cardiff Open Art School CSAD is host to a wide range of evening, weekend and masterclasses under the name 'Cardiff Open'. The courses on offer cover many art and design based subjects such as painting, ceramics, drawing, making and photography. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced artist or designer, are preparing a portfolio to apply for a degree or Foundation programme or if you’ve never picked up a pencil before, we’ve got something to offer you so the courses and workshops are a great way of trying out new skills or for further developing your practice. If you have any questions about any of the courses on offer at Cardiff Open, just email: or call 029 2020 5898. Typical courses available subject to demand: • • • • • • • • • • •


Pottery An introduction to Graphic Design An Introduction to drawing Narrative Illustration Life Drawing Sketchbook Skills Landscape sketching Painting in Oil & Acrylic - Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography The Art of Screen Printing Experimental Lino Printmaking

“I like the fact that I can work with different materials, workshops and methods that are specific to other courses and still make them relevant for my own discipline.” BA (Hons) Illustration, Year Three

“I recommend working with other students from other subjects as it’s an eye opener to the way we think about our own work.” BA (Hons) Textiles, Year Two

“I’ve been introduced to new ways of thinking and tackling problems and I’ve built life long friendships. It has helped me develop skills such as communicating effectively, negotiating with others, sorting misunderstandings and public speaking, all of which will help me immensely in industry. Don’t settle for boring, there is always a way for you to think outside of the box and still be able to apply your specialism.” BA Graphic Communication, Year Two


• Opportunities to use your skills on briefs from charities and partner organisations.

Taking part in extra-curricular activities is a chance to have some fun, make new friends and develop skills and experiences employers value highly. At Cardiff Met these are offered through:

Extra-curricular Activities

• A dedicated work experience web site. • Accredited work experience and volunteering within most undergraduate courses, with support at all stages. • After graduation, opportunities to apply your learning to the workplace through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Well-chosen work experience can help inform your career planning, showcase your skills to employers, improve your confidence and boost your academic grades. That’s why at Cardiff Met we offer:

Work Experience

• Staff work closely with employers, professional bodies and specialists, ensuring courses reflect the rapidly changing world; and lecturers research real-world issues and bring this knowledge back to the curriculum. • Innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods help you explore theory through practice and develop practical subject skills alongside the key Graduate Attributes of: Problem solving and Analytical ability; Interpersonal skills and Networking; Global Citizenship; Flexibility and Adaptability; Effective Communication and Creativity and Innovation. • Personal Development Planning is embedded in your course, helping you identify your development needs, reflect on your experiences and record your achievements.

Your Course

We pride ourselves on offering high quality, forward-looking courses. All courses prepare students for higher study as well as the demands of the modern workplace. For us it’s about ensuring that you are supported in developing knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences that will last a lifetime and enable you to make an active contribution to the economy and society. These are some of the things we offer our students based in Cardiff.*


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*Some opportunities may not be available to international students. For collaborating institutions we have statements of entitlement.

There’s also plenty of support for you after you graduate. See our Careers, Alumni and Centre for Work Based Learning pages for more details.

After Graduation

We’re committed to making all of our services, facilities and learning experiences as accessible as possible and to supporting all students in meeting their full potential. Student Services also offer specialist professional advisers who will support you throughout your studies.


Today’s employment market is highly complex and so at Cardiff Met we have a range of services to help you identify or create your own career path and support you in taking the first steps: Face-to-face and on-line impartial career guidance for students and graduates, personalised to meet your needs and aspirations. Careers education tailored to courses and supported by our interactive careers e-module. Careers information in a comprehensive web site. Vacancies for part-time, vacation and graduate jobs, as well as work experience and volunteering, advertised online on CareerHub and the Student Union Jobshop. Opportunities to meet employers on campus through course links, presentations, fairs and visits. A Skills Week and employability development programme for research students. Chances to develop enterprise skills – or set up your own business - through training, mentoring, practical start-up help and financial support. These include: course-based enterprise modules; and the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship.

Career Planning and Employment

• Many networking events held in the School of Art & Design, putting you in touch with creative organisations • The Students’ Union, eg clubs and societies, officer and ambassador roles and the UMAX Employability System. • Strong links with vacation work schemes and volunteering organisations.

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