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 subject pathways and in some specialist areas in addition.
ARCHITECTURE / ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
The Architecture / Architectural Technology pathway helps students develop and demonstrate mastery of the related fields of Architecture and Architectural Technology. All staff involved with this pathway are highly experienced in architectural and architectural technology practice and related disciplines, and engaged in advanced research in these fields. They bring their diverse and broad ranging practical experience and research knowledge to the pathway to engage in dialogue with you in order to develop and strengthen your own practical and theoretical interests.
ART AND SCIENCE
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.
ARTIST DESIGNER: MAKER
Our Artist Designer: Maker pathway spans the one off hand made to the manufactured object. This pathway enables you not only to appropriate and manipulate existing materials, processes and technologies, via interaction and collaboration across the range of disciplines in CSAD, but also to innovate through research and creative experimentation. Making and learning are interdependent. Highly experienced staff support you in researching and developing your leading edge practical and theoretical insights into fully realisable outcomes – whether functional products, artefacts, installations or expressive objects.
CSAD has the largest discrete ceramics centre in Europe, with a global reputation for its programmes that attracts students, practitioners and academics from all over the world. The highly experienced staff encourage you to challenge norms and question conventions. Ceramics at CSAD is not confined to any category of art, design or making. It has always taken risks and risen to creative challenges born of critical engagement and enquiry. Its work has brought together traditional ceramic processes with new and emerging technologies. This pathway aims to enable you to develop and demonstrate your mastery, building upon your earlier experience as a graduate or professional practitioner of Ceramics. It also provides opportunities for you as a graduate from alternative areas such as Print, Textiles and Fine Art, to challenge, reinterpret and extend the potential of Ceramics within the 21st century post material culture.
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DEATH AND VISUAL CULTURE
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.
The Fine Art pathway helps students develop their practical and theoretical interests in relation to a body of artwork that is important in a contemporary fine art context. All staff involved with the Fine Art pathway are actively involved in making and/or writing about art. They bring this knowledge and research experience to the pathway, entering into an ongoing dialogue with you in order to develop and strengthen your art practice.
The Graphic Communication pathway is for practicing artists and designers who want to explore intellectual and creative territories that are current and challenging. There is the opportunity to undertake practical and theoretically-led projects addressing the creative dimensions, social contexts and cultural significance of mediated human interaction. You will be encouraged in your innovatory practice and scholarly investigation of what is a complex field of means, intentions and humanistic potentials.
HISTORIES AND THEORIES OF URBAN PRACTICE
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.
The illustration pathway will help you to think and communicate in new ways. Our illustration staff are engaged in contemporary practice and research extending the traditional dimensions of illustration and visual art across boundaries into a variety of domains such as music, alchemy, folk and writing. They bring this knowledge and research experience to the pathway, supporting and encouraging you to master and demonstrate your own practical and theoretical insights into new avenues of visual thinking and communication, research and storytelling.
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.
This pathway is designed to enable you to develop and demonstrate your mastery of product design theory and practice. Staff in CSAD and its related national Centre for Product Design and development Research have advanced knowledge and skills in the cutting edge techniques, technologies and tools being used by those designers at the forefront of product design practice. These highly experienced staff encourage you to challenge norms and question conventions.
The Textiles pathway encourages students to investigate traditional and emerging textile culture, craft and design. Staff include practising researchers, involved in a range of textile practice, who exhibit and publish internationally. These highly experienced staff engage supportively with you during your development of your own practical and theoretical innovative insights within the increasingly diverse range of applications for textiles, materials and technology.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org