Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff School of Art and Design
Cardiff, GB
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff School of Art and Design
Western Avenue, Llandaff
Cardiff, CF5 2YB

N 51° 29' 45.1'', E 51° 29' 45.1''
Dr Fausto Sanna 
Head of Department
Dr Bethan Gordon 
Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design
Degree programmes
BA (Hons) Architecture: English & Welsh
Faculty profile

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 also venture beyond your subject through our innovative curriculum. 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.

​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.


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Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, and preferably five GCSE passes to include English 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:

  • 120 - 128 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
  • 120 - 128 points from at least 2 A Levels; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
  • RQF National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM
  • 120 - 128 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers
  • 120 - 128 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades from any subject.  H4 at Higher Level is the minimum grade which can be counted towards an offer
  • 120 - 128 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 Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels or equivalent, or applying with other life experiences, other qualifications and/or art & design achievements will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn’t listed please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS course search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure and Interview Days:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance at a School of Art & Design Interview.

Acceptance at interview is based upon a balance of three criteria:

      • Personal enthusiasm for and immersion in the practice and theory of Art & Design
      • Academic achievement and ability
      • Quality of work, ambition and skills demonstrated in a portfolio

Read more about our Art & Design Interview Days

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at

For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.


Tuition fees

For up-to-date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to

BA (Hons) Architecture, 3 years full-time, 4 years part-time, English & Welsh,

The curriculum is made up of three components that are referred to as Subject, Field and Constellation:

  • Subject grounds students as architects in training.
  • Field enables students to explore and collaborate with peers (and tutors) on the other programmes offered at Cardiff School of Art and Design.
  • Constellation provides theoretical underpinning that encourages students to position their practice within transdisciplinary contexts.


Both Field and Constellation modules allow architectural students to familiarise themselves with various art-and-design disciplines, and appreciate their relationship with architecture and their influence on the quality of architectural design.

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Architecture shapes the world around us. It reflects our societies and communities, and influences the way we think and feel. Architecture dominates our skyline, transforms our cities, changes the way we live and work and becomes part of our narrative. Learn how to design buildings and make spaces for people in a creative and environmentally responsible way.

The Architecture degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University is informed by the tradition and heritage of a school of art and design, and by the contemporary creative use of cutting-edge technology, exploring the relationship of human experiences with architecture.

The course aims to establish a creative dialogue between different areas of architectural knowledge: design, representation, technology, contextual studies and professional practice. You will develop your understanding of these thematic areas and their integration through engagement in projects of increasing difficulty.

This will allow you to formulate architectural proposals that are spatially and technically resolved, with a robust theoretical basis. You will also learn how to effectively communicate your proposals within a professional context, through a range of media.

Finally, the course places special emphasis on the architect’s responsibility in tackling contemporary problems of environmental concern, at the global and local scales (such as the climate emergency). You will be actively encouraged to develop critical perspectives on how knowledge and creativity can be used together to arrive at design solutions that have the potential to render buildings, neighbourhoods or cities more sustainable in the short and long term.

There will be opportunities to engage in real-world activities, including work with local communities and employers, as well as chances to experience other cultures – and their architecture – through overseas study trips.

The BA (Hons) Architecture at Cardiff Met has been prescribed as a Part 1 qualification by the ARB (Architects Registration Board), the body that regulates the architects’ profession in the UK.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will gain exemption from the ARB’s Prescribed Examination at Part 1, the first step towards becoming a registered architect.


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