Our facilities house suites of modern, well-designed and safe workshop areas. The
ground floor of B Block and that of N Block house workshop areas dedicated to
wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, printing, photography, video & sound. We also have
workshops providing digital stitch support and 3D modelling. We also house a
, on the MIT network.
New and traditional machines are supported by highly skilled and motivated
practitioners. The workshop provides students from all courses with the opportunity
to work with one of the most elemental of all materials, in either self-directed or
The centre of our metal workshop is our new foundry and hot metal space run by our
RCA trained Technician Demonstrator. Pieces, both large and small, can be cast
and used by a variety of different artists and makers. The workshop houses a range
of Mig & Tig welders, plus plasma cutters along with drilling, bending and milling
This well-lit workshop provides a facility to shape and cut materials to produce a vast array of outcomes. Equipment used includes traditional hand tools and saws to the 3d printers and laser cutters as well as a suit of mini CNC milling machines.
The ceramics workshop area houses well-equipped kiln, plaster, clay and glaze
areas. The workshop also houses glass-slumping kilns, and clay and plaster
preparation facilities. Externally, students have access to soda kilns and Raku firing
facilities. This forward-looking space reinforces CSAD‟s commitment to this, one of
the largest ceramics centers in Europe.
Our facilities in this area employ traditional techniques, alongside up-to-date digital
printing and laser-cutting equipment. Professional sewing machines, over-lockers
and digital embroiderers are employed by a wide range of CSAD courses.
Students have access to a range of printing techniques including screen-printing,
intaglio, engraving and stone litho facilities. The workshop has a complete high-
pressure screen cleaning area, with adjacent equipment for drying and developing
the largest of screens.
Audio Visual Facilities
This important area of the School houses a black and white darkroom for production
of RC and fibre based silver gelatin prints, you will be able to process all black and
white films in 35mm, 120 or 5X4 format.
The darkroom is conveniently close to the Printmaking area. Photograms;
Cyanotypes and Liquid Light are some of the alternative processes that can be
produced along with the historic wet plate collodion discovered in the 1850‟s.
A photo edit room is located next to the darkroom where images can be edited using
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Digital prints in most formats can be produced
using colour photocopiers or inkjet printers.
Our large lighting studio is equipped with electronic flash and a range of
backgrounds for still photography. Also fitted there is an electronically controlled
theatre lighting gantry for video production and performance. In this space, we have
a large sound system, digital projectors and a cinema screen. A smaller lighting
studio provides an infinity background with balanced fluorescent lights for the
documentation of smaller 3D pieces and flat artwork.
Our stores located on the ground floor of N Block have a range of audio-visual
equipment available for loan by students and staff.
Audio and Video
For video work, we have camcorders, lighting, microphones and audio recorders
available for use. There are bookable studio spaces, where we have our animation
and video production facilities.