Welcome to CSAD

Art and Design Schools in the UK are places of passion and vitality, where great ideas are forged through intense debate and experimentation. Cardiff School of Art & Design is part of that tradition. We are a leading Art and Design School in a European Capital city and we are as passionate about art, design, making and architecture today as we have ever been. Our students share our commitment.

Studying for a degree at Cardiff School of Art & Design is a demanding experience. We want everything we create in our School to be of the highest quality. We believe you will make the most of it, getting as much out of it as you put in and helping to continue our reputation for real excellence.

Studying here is a journey that will take you to amazing places. You will make discoveries and really learn your subject, have opportunities to travel across the globe, start your own business, invent something…make friends for life and, maybe even, fall in love – who knows.

Through your own creativity, critical thinking and hard work, your degree will put you on the way to a professional career or perhaps to further study towards a postgraduate degree and even a doctorate.

Almost all of our staff are practicing artists and designers and have extensive experience of working in industry, they are working at the leading edge of research in our disciplines and are experienced and committed to education too. It is little wonder that our staff and student retention rates are so high: once here, people chose to stay.



To match the excellence of our staff, we have a very wide range of resources and facilities. CSAD has equipment that other Art Schools can only be nostalgic about, we still have a foundry for casting non ferrous metals, as well as experimental external kilns for example.  We also have an MIT accredited FabLab.

We have managed to keep the best of our history and have combined it with the facilities of the future. At CSAD you can engage with skills that draw on classic craft traditions, as well as high-end technologies.  You can augment your skills in ways that interest you, hence we have textile students who know how to weld, illustration students who can cast non-ferrous metals in our foundry, and product design students who are expert at digital stitching.

Your programme is a well-designed balance of critical experimentation, thought-provoking skill development and the close examination of ideas.  You will have the opportunity to select projects you would like to undertake, some of which will enable you to travel abroad, work on an enterprise or research with one of our professors.

We care about all of our community and so offer excellent support structures and activities for students and you will have your own personal tutor to steer you through your studies.

We have first-rate learning and teaching support, especially our library.  There is always specialist help for those who might need it in an emergency. In addition, the University has extraordinary sports facilities at Cyncoed.

We look forward to meeting you at Cardiff School of Art & Design and hope you will be part of its reputation and history.


Dr Stephen Thompson PhD MA RCA
Head of Academic Development


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.

Click here to visit the Cardiff Open website

CSAD Newsletter

CSAD releases a regular pdf newsletter featuring a round-up of news from across the School. Click the links below to view a selection of recently published newsletters (pdf format):

Summer 2015 | Spring 2015 | Autumn 2014 | Summer 2014 | Autumn/Winter 2013/14 | Summer 2013 | Spring 2013 |

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