About CSAD

Connect with the world around you. Examine it from every angle. Question it, feel it. Open yourself to new experiences. Feed your creativity – and you can change the world.

At Cardiff School of Art and Design, creativity is shaped by your experiences. We give you opportunities to see things differently, to explore disciplines and cultures. We push you to expand your horizons and build your skills every single day.

As a CSAD student, you get a thorough, deep understanding of your chosen specialism. But you venture beyond your subject. You collaborate with fellow students. Explore the ideas and theory behind your craft. Draw inspiration from everywhere and everyone – and see where it takes you.

Because when you see a textile project through the eyes of a photographer – or apply architectural thinking to fine art – you create something new, that makes the world sit up.

Choose your own path. Develop new skills in our extensive workshops. Create a business plan – or travel abroad. Get a taste of professional life with a placement with one of our industry partners, or critique the latest research. ​

Learn how to shape your future. So when you leave us – to be a practitioner, take your studies further or set up your own business – you're ready to change the world. 

The Degree 

Each year of Cardiff School of Art & Design undergraduate degree courses is built upon three core modules. These are called Subject, Field & Constellation. 


This is your specialism, where you belong, the home during your time at university. You'll focus on subject modules that will immerse you in the concepts and practices of your chosen degree. You will be creatively and academically challenged, whilst building on your existing skills by taking part in workshops, tutorials and studio practice projects.


The field modules are designed to make you look up and around you, experience different ideas in collaboration with students from other courses, noticing differences and similarities and widening your viewpoint. There will be choices for you to make and new experiences to try. You can start to think about the kind of artist or designer you want to be, try out a business idea, work alongside a research project or take a study trip abroad.


These modules introduce you to the wider world of ideas, theory and contextual studies. You will learn how art & design contributes to and is influenced by a network of contemporary and historical social, cultural and philosophical settings.

You can choose to study a subject in further depth and produce a range of written/practical work in response. Typically students will produce a dissertation, a business plan or a combination of theory and practice.

​We work with students who are serious about art and design, ready to take control of their experiences and their future. So if you're ambitious, curious, and ready to pour your heart and soul into your university experience, we'd love to meet you.