New £14m Arts and Design Building Formally Unveiled 

16/05/2012 09:00 


DETAILS of the new building for Cardiff School of Art & Design are being announced today to leading figures from the arts and design sectors in Wales.  Cardiff Metropolitan University is investing £14m in the development of existing accommodation and the provision of a new building to bring its renowned School of Art & Design onto the Llandaff Campus.

Designed by award-winning architects Austin Smith: Lord, the new building will be opened in 2014, subject to planning approval.

For Professor Kavanagh, Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design, this development means so much more than a new building.  ‘The Art School has been part of the fabric of Cardiff since 1865. We are driven by a commitment to being a 21st Century School of Art & Design for Cardiff as a European Capital City.

‘Our students love Cardiff, indeed many choose to stay here, following graduation, to set up businesses and pursue their own practices. Our staff contribute to the vibrancy of the creative environments of Cardiff and Wales as a whole. Collectively, we are part of the very fabric of what makes this city and this country special.’

Cardiff School of Art & Design has an impressive record both for its programmes and its research.  Its degrees in Illustration, Fine Art, Ceramics, Product Design, Textiles, Graphic Communication, Artist Designer Maker and Architectural Design and Technology, recruit high quality students.  It has a thriving community of research students and an enviable record of research achievement, being situated 11th in Research Power in art and design in the UK.  It provides a lively programme of non-credit bearing courses, open to all, in the Cardiff Open Art School, and is home of the very successful Cardiff Design Festival.

The new facilities will enable the School to expand its remit further.  Developments will include the provision of high-end prefabrication facilities which, linked to the global FabLab network, are being designed to meet the expressed needs of architectural practices and product designer companies  This facilities will also be used to enable local school children with an interest in design and technology to link up with children in places as far afield as Boston, Tehran and Barcelona on joint projects.

The facilities will also provide for video links to the School’s partner institution, Samsung Art and Design Institute in Korea to enable joint teaching on product design programmes at Masters levels.

In addition, the space will enable the School to pursue its ambitions for part-time degrees, where the emphasis will be on multi-culturalism, and engagement with art, design, making, and architecture from perspectives other than those that are Western, white and male.

Professor Kavanagh said: ‘The planned development on the Llandaff Campus means a tremendous amount to the School.   Above all else, it represents to us the faith and confidence placed in CSAD by the University’s Governors, who recognize the school as a centre of excellence and high performance in terms of both research and teaching.

‘We are hugely grateful to them for this and for their continued interest and encouragement’


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