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MA Art & Design with pathways

The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. In the MA you will submit a written dissertation, and, if wished, a practical piece of work. You choose the balance between these theoretical and practical interests. Typically students might include teachers, aspiring artists, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Art and/or Design who wish to further their professional practice. The MA encourages you to develop your practice in a critical yet supportive environment. Our aim is to enable you to sustain your practice and to succeed at the highest level. In order to help to work towards this, you will be allocated a personal tutor and subject-specialist member of academic staff. However you will also have access to and guidance from other specialists in each area.

We offer our MA in a number of specialist pathways.

Specialist Pathways:


This pathway explores the philosophical, historical and practical dimensions of art–science collaboration. It offers thorough engagement with key concepts and questions at the intersection of art and science, and critical evaluation of recent examples of art–science practice. You will develop your practical and theoretical interests in relation to a body of work that will be relevant to wider contexts of interdisciplinarity and the bringing together of different subject communities.


This pathway analyses representations of death and dying through an investigation of theoretical concepts and debates applied to all aspects of visual culture, including fine art, film, fashion, material culture, photography, television and gaming. You will be encouraged to analyse case studies in relation to sociological, psychoanalytic and philosophical theoretical disciplines on death. In particular: How is death manifested aesthetically within visual and material culture? How does visual and material culture document narratives and experiences of mourning and bereavement? What socio-cultural and ideological perspectives emerge in an analysis of death’s presence and absence within visual culture?


‘Ecology’ is taken in its widest, philosophical sense to mean the study of relatedness. The pathway focuses on the capacity of art and design to address the kinds of contact we have with others, where the ‘other’ might be a person, an animal or an environment, and where there is mindfulness of the difficulties inherent in being together. You will be encouraged to develop your practical and theoretical interests in relation to a body of work whose raison d’être is rooted in interaction and meaningfulness for others.


This research-driven graduate pathway provides a critical approach to urbanism in which the main tools of design are transformative theories, urban research, and urban economics. Emphasis will be on your original research and design strategies based on your critical engagement with contemporary urban issues viewed through historical, theoretical, methodological, and analytical lenses. Drawing on the expanding and evolving body of urban knowledge, urban research, and action, the program will redefine urbanism and urban design as a field of transformative practice. Live projects will form a key part of case study exercises and discussions.


Art and design challenge the meanings and values we attach to objects and situations, and have the potential to transform human being and action. Philosophy offers some of the most stimulating and influential ideas about art, design and experience in modern thought. Putting philosophy and art and design together will generate discussion, proposals, challenges, artefacts and situations which will alter and expand what it means to think, make and experience.


Career Potential

The programme is mainly intended for art and design graduates who want to explore intellectual and creative territories that are current and challenging. MA graduates are well placed to pursue their career as either practicing artists, designers or communicators in a variety of professional or creative industries contexts, or to develop their careers in education and academia.

Key Facts

Campus: Llandaff in the brand new Cardiff School of Art and Design building

School: Cardiff School of Art & Design

Course Length: One year full-time or two years part-time.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have a good BA (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field. We also recognize the value of prior learning and experience within related fields.


Course Contact: John Counsell

Below is a list of other related courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Visit the courses page for the full list.
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional & Research Skills: Art & Design
Ceramics - MA
Master of Fine Art (MFA)

The School is based on two campuses, Llandaff and Howard Gardens. In Autumn 2014 our new School building on the Llandaff campus will be completed, and all School of Art & Design programmes will be based in the new building from this date. For more information on the new building, visit this page.

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Undergraduate Open Days

Wednesday 11th June 2014

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Undergraduate Interview Days

There are no further Undergraduate Interview Days planned for 2014 entry, however, courses continue to conduct interviews throughout the year.

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Tuition fees

Full details of current tuition fees at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level can be found on the Cardiff Metropolitan University tuition fees web pages.

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