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Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills: Art & Design programme (CRS)

Course overview

Welcome to the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills: Art & Design programme (CRS). The programme offers a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the range of methods, strategies and debates which can apply to art and design research. It is built around the four elements of (1) methods, (2) critical thinking, (3) ethics, and (4) project design. The programme is ideal for artists and designers who want to develop a research proposal based on their practice. This page describes briefly the content of the module, and makes available the Programme Handbook and module brief for downloading as PDFs.

CRS is included as part of Cardiff School of Art and Design’s MA (Art & Design), MPhil and PhD programmes. It can also be taken as a stand-alone programme in preparation for writing a research application. It is taught over two intensive weekends in October and November in Cardiff, with one-to-one tutorials available from October to January. The fee for the stand-alone programme is one third of the fee for one year on a full-time research degree programme. See Fees for more information.

Course content

certficate in research skillsAs an artist or a designer, there are many reasons for wanting to conduct research. You might have a question or interest relating to art and design practice or theory which you want to explore, and it is something which you are passionate about. Or you want to develop your practice in relation to a particular interest or question, with the result that you not only make a contribution to the field but also find your practice transformed by the discussion that accompanies research. Or you simply want to become familiar with and have experience of a range of research methods and critical thinking skills.

CRS covers the ‘who, what, why and how’ of research in art and design. It works with your research interest and shows how it can be developed into a formal research degree proposal. You will become familiar with a range of methods, be guided in conducting a critical visual and literature review, have relevant ethical considerations identified and explored, and be shown how to combine these elements in a formal research degree proposal.

Download the module brief here.

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills: Art and Design Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills: Art and Design Programme Handbook. This describes the aims, objectives and content of the programme, and sets out key points of academic, regulatory and practical information. It also contains the following. Download the Programme Handbook here:

  • • Outlines of all CRS modules
  • • A guide to PDP writing
  • • An essay writing and presentation guide
  • • A guide to referencing
  • • Exemplar research proposals
  • • A manuscript presentation checklist


For entry to CRS you must have a good honours degree, and/or equivalent professional standing or experience in an art and design discipline, or a discipline associated with their programme of study. To apply for a place on CRS, follow the procedure for research degree applications. In the section where it asks for your research proposal, please describe your reasons for wanting to take the CRS programme and give an outline of the professional or research project you wish to develop.

If you have a proposal idea and would like to discuss it informally, please contact Professor Clive Cazeaux, Head of Research Degrees, on +44 (0)29 2041 6680 or

Cardiff School of Art & Design is home to 1200 students, united by ambition and a true passion for creative enquiry. We are makers and thinkers in the fields of fine art, design, architecture and a range of craft practices. We have workshops and studios that ensure our students can operate as professionals from the moment they start their studies.

Why choose CSAD? Read three big reasons here.

Open Days

Upcoming Undergraduate Open Days for 2015 entry:
7th March 2015
Visit the Open Day web page for more information.

Upcoming Postgraduate Open Days for 2015 entry:
20th February 2015
Please email to book a place.

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