CSAD is home to a range of centres and groups engaged in cutting-edge, world-leading research.

Through the use of innovative and participatory research methods and a collaborative approach to working with external partners, our staff use their art and design expertise to respond to challenges across a wide range of fields; from healthcare, wellbeing and vision science, to innovations in new technologies, exhibition practice, and the ecological performance of new and heritage buildings.

More information on CSAD’s research activities can be found below:

Research Excellence Framework (REF)


CSAD’s research submission to the Research Excellence Framework was assessed under the auspices of the Wales Institute for Research in Art and Design (WIRAD); a partnership with Cardiff Met’s National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR) and art and design researchers at the University of South Wales, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

The panel rated 97% of WIRAD’s research as international standard, with 75% rated as either Internationally Excellent or World Leading. The full results are available here:

World Leading – 23% overall
Internationally Excellent – 52% overall
Internationally recognised – 22% overall
Nationally recognised – 2% overall

Cardiff Met was also the highest ranked post-1992 institution with 80% of the University’s overall quality profile rated as ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*). For impact, the proportion rated as 3* or 4* is even better at 83%.

For further information about research at CSAD, please contact the School’s Associate Dean: Research, Professor Steve Gill:

FabLab Cardiff

FabLab Cardiff is open for people to ‘make almost anything’. Equipped with 3D printing and other emerging technologies, FabLab Cardiff builds on the experience of the global Fab Lab network, as well as research and technical expertise of Cardiff School of Art & Design, to create an experimental workshop for Wales and beyond. Visit the FabLab website to find out more.

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 |

Research Repository

Find out more about research at Cardiff School of Art and Design by visiting our online repository. Here you can access journal articles, conference papers, information on exhibitions and more published by CSAD’s staff. Click here to visit the online repository


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