It takes a rare and special ability to become a fine artist. You need both technical skill and creative insight to produce work that conveys an original perspective.
This course gives you space, freedom and support to fully express your artistic vision. Choose your own journey – define your interests and practices and immerse yourself in exploration. You will develop skills through engagement with traditional materials and contemporary technologies within a studio practice culture.
A wider view is a crucial part of your evolution as an artist. You explore the intricate connections between ideas and intention through materials, practice and philosophy. And you gain insights from art history and critical theory and apply them directly to your work.
Be ambitious, disciplined and motivated in your practice – and you’ll graduate with the skills, confidence and critical ability to begin your career as a professional artist.
Learning & Teaching
From the outset, you will gain hands-on experience in practical studio sessions and workshops – developing your core material skills. Lectures, lead by members of the academic staff, will broaden your theoretical understanding of your field, whilst smaller, targeted seminars are designed to provide guidance for meeting more individual intellectual and practical demands.
The core of your studio teaching will be delivered through tutor group critiques, where a high level of academic and peer-to-peer advice is given and through individual tutorials with academic staff. These are supplemented in the first and second year with academic-led material practice projects, drawing classes and technical workshops with Technician Demonstrators.
During their first year of study each student can expect to receive between 14 and 22 hours of contact time per week via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.
Employability & Careers
Whilst your learning is designed to develop you into a rounded and capable artist and intellectual, your curriculum is similarly structured with your potential in mind.
As such, the emphasis that will have been placed upon your work ethic, both creatively and academically, is matched with significant focus on real-world experience; from building contacts and undertaking placements to live briefs and, should you choose so, support in forming your own business.
You can elect to tak e a route through your second and final years of studies where you can engage with businesses or prepare to launch your own for the moment you graduate. In your final year, rather than submit a dissertation, you have the option of devising a detailed business plan.
Throughout your time at CSAD, you will be meeting and hearing from professionals within your industry, honing your skills and ideas for commercial and professional advantage. Cross-disciplinary projects will prepare you for teamwork later on, whilst live briefs will prepare you for deadlines and the demands of tight specifications.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, and preferably five GCSEs to include English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
Following an interview and assessment of portfolio, our typical offers can range between:
- 96 - 120 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
- 96 - 120 points from at least 2 A Levels; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
- 96 - 120 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers
- 96 - 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades from any subject (minimum grade H4 considered)
- 96 - 120 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE