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Research at CSAD

The School is host to a wide variety of exciting research and actively seeks to collaborate with academic and industry partners. We engage with cutting edge design technologies, engineering and material arts, as well as fine arts, and the history and theory of art and design.



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:

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.

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Research & Enterprise Newsletter

CSAD releases a regular pdf newsletter featuring the latest Research & Enterprise news from across the School. Click the links below to view a selection of recently published R&E Newsletters (pdf format):

Spring 2015 | Autumn 2014 | Summer 2014 | Autumn/Winter 2013/14 | Summer 2013 | Spring 2013 | Autumn 2012 | Summer 2012 | Spring 2012 | Autumn 2011 | Summer 2011 | Spring 2011 | Winter 2010 | Autumn 2010

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