Welcome to CSAD

Art Schools are places of passion and vitality. They are places where great ideas are forged, as well as places of intense debate. Cardiff School of Art & Design is part of that tradition. We are a leading Art School in a European Capital city and we are as passionate about Art, Design and Architecture today as we have ever been.


Our students share our commitment to continue the vitality of the Art School into the future. No one has a stake in the future more than students, that’s why we put you, at the centre of everything we do. Whether it is the teaching, the research or the social life of the School, we design everything with students and the future sustainability of art and design in mind.


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 real reputation for real excellence.


Studying at Art School is a journey that will take you to amazing places. You will make discoveries and learn your subject, have opportunities to travel across the planet to our partner Universities, make friends for life and maybe even fall in love – who knows.

Through your own creativity and research and hard work, you will be on the way to a professional career as an artist or designer or architect, 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. There are many specialist workshops and studios including those for painting, sculpture, sound, ceramics, print, textiles, graphics, architecture, and product design. CSAD has equipment that other Art Schools can only be nostalgic about, we still have a foundry for casting non ferrous metals for example.


We have managed to keep the best of our history and have combined it with the facilities of the future; at CSAD you will find well equipped CNC model making workshops, digital music studios, audio visual labs and plenty of specialist digital imaging equipment too. The old and the new combine to make a dynamic and atmospheric 21st Century Art School.


You will study on a programme together with a group of students who have been carefully selected for their enthusiasm and ability. Each programme has been carefully designed to offer a balance of taught workshops, practical sessions, lecture programmes and time for your own self-directed research time in which you can really shape your own expertise. 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, as well as specialist help for those who might need it in an emergency. In addition you have a wide range of student clubs and associations to choose from, extraordinary sports facilities at Cyncoed and a superb social life in a City packed with students. The Art School has its own bar ‘Tommy’s’ which holds regular events, including live bands, so it’s a place where we play as hard as we work.


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 Deputy Dean & Director of Learning & Teaching


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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