“Through the degree students engage with drawing, painting, book arts and print, photography, performance and installation, art history, and the links between art, science and philosophy”
About the course
UCAS Code: W100
Subject Leader: David Fitzjohn
Minimum Tariff: 300 UCAS tariff points from at least two A-levels (or equivalent), plus portfolio
Admissions Tutor: David Fitzjohn
Our Fine Art programme is designed for dedicated and talented students whose ambition is to practice as professional artists, find employment in the creative industries or to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
With excellent international links, and opportunities to work and study abroad, Fine Art at CSAD places itself within the global arena, enabling our students to push boundaries and possibilities of Fine Art and in doing so question the perceptions of art.
” The course gives you freedom to explore your work and challenge yourself to come out of the ordinary!” – Tiff Howe, 1st year Fine Art
Your studies with us are centred on your studio practice. At an early stage, it is expected that you will develop an affinity with certain materials and concepts, which are then explored and tested. Your dedicated studio space is both a place for private investigation and a forum for the interrogation of your practice. You will be part of a community of practice, which extends beyond fine art, to all the traditions and technologies fostered within the School. Alongside engagement with techniques and processes you will expect in a Fine Art programme, such those associated with wood, metal, paint, print, photo and film, you will also be able to develop skills that may be new to you, including those in ceramics, textiles and product development and prefabrication.
At level four, you will work across a broad range of processes, gaining specialist skills and material knowledge, giving you confidence in your ideas and practices. You will be challenged in your thinking and provided with opportunities to examine not only assumptions about the world in which we live, but also how we respond to it through art and other forms of creative engagement. You will test your ability to apply your practice, thoughtfully and relevantly, within the context of a significant project on the city, where you will work alongside students from other programmes to produce work collaboratively, as well as producing work of your own.
“I have a lot that I would like to achieve and I feel that Cardiff Met has given me a great platform to do this from.” – Florence Walkey, MA Printmaking
At level five you take a very experimental approach and define the context of your practice. You will further explore ideas and assumptions about the world. You will also have a choice of project that you can undertake. We have a wide selection on offer. You can undertake: a work placement; study with one of our professors; undertake a specific project, for example, on creativity and play, or on setting up a business or on kinetic environments; or spend time abroad on an Erasmus Placement. In 2013/14, the choices of project extended to ones in India, Morocco and Venice.
“You’re given a lot of freedom to explore the ideas in your art” – Matthew Hemmings, Year 2, Printmaking
Professional practice and career planning are a large component of the level six. Your final year leads up to your graduate show in early June, where you exhibit a body of work that expresses the culmination of your learning and critical practice. Alongside this, you can produce either a dissertation, demonstrating your ability to research and get to grips with an agreed subject that is important to you, or you can elect to develop and submit a business plan. The latter could well be the basis of the work you begin, once graduated.
We look forward to meeting you.
in the Beginning
On the ‘In the Beginning’ website you can read interviews with Fine Art students, talking about their experiences as first year Undergraduates here at CSAD.