Cardiff School of Art and Design offers an extensive range of workshop and technical facilities and equipment to help you realise your creativity, no matter what form it takes.
Our modern, fully-equipped and safe workshops are staffed by expert Technician Demonstrators who can provide you with all the training, advice and support you need to make the most of them.
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
FabLab, 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 guided sessions.
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 facilities.
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.