Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Art and Design (MRes)

The MRes (A&D), Master of Research in Art & Design, is ideal for students who want to prepare for doctoral level research in Art & Design (PhD or DProf) or to develop a range of creative research skills to enhance their art or design practice or career, nationally and internationally. The programme is designed to be is suitable for students who have some experience of research in Art & Design and also those with little or no background experience of research at all from any field. Cardiff School of Art & Design has creative research at its heart, and is home to a range of centres and groups engaged in cutting-edge, world-leading creative and transdisciplinary research. We draw upon the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Philosophies and deploy a range of facilities including our Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL), our MIT-FabLab as well as our extensive traditional and contemporary maker's workshops, specialist studios and digital technologies. The School encourages multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations with other research disciplines as well as commercial and community sectors in society anywhere in the world and of course, the other research centres across the wider University.

Entry requirements

Master of Research - MRes: A good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) is normally required for entry. However, applicants with relevant professional experience or qualifications are welcomed and will be considered individually and students who have a weaker overall undergraduate degree but who have demonstrated excellence in the theoretical aspects of Art & Design will also be considered. Selection Procedure: Once a student application has been received they may be invited in person or by Skype (or similar) for a short meeting with the Programme Director or nominee to discuss the programme in more detail and consider how the programme will suit their background and future needs.

Course modules

The MRes (A&D) is project led. Students identify a research topic and question/s and build upon that, whilst learning a range of research methods and by testing their ideas in a supportive but rigorous community of artist and designer researchers. The course starts with no preconception whatsoever with regards to where students projects might start or how they might develop and has an open mind with regard to the possibilities of creative research practices in Art & Design. Our world leading research expertise in Cardiff School of Art & Design, which range from the empirical and scientific to the poetic and speculative. draws upon the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Philosophies. We make full use of our Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL), our MIT-FabLab as well as our extensive range of artefact and image making workshops, specialist studios and our traditional and digital technologies. We encourage projects that seek to work in a multidisciplinary, co-disciplinary or transdisciplinary way with other research disciplines as well as commercial and community sectors in society anywhere in the world and of course the other research centres across the wider University. The programme length is three semesters full-time and six semesters part-time. Each of the credited modules runs for one semester. October to January: Semester One - Research Territories February to April: Semester Two - Research Skills May to September: Semester Three - Research Output or for (full-time students only) an option is offered. October to January: Semester Three - Research Output Full time students, may or may not choose to include a break during the Summer. Students may use this period as they see fit for family time or a vacation, personal research, work experience or to return to employment. Thus, a full-time student starting the programme in October may complete either the following September (by continuing the programme through July and August, 12 months duration) or the following January (when a break is taken over the Summer period, 18 month duration).

Assessment methods

All credited modules are assessed via a 'portfolio' comprising coursework, including text and presentation, viva-voce and practice if appropriate and as detailed in the module description, handbook and briefing documentation. The portfolio assessment is critical to Masters level assessment in Art & Design and is a long-established and widely used methodology in that field. The portfolio assessment is familiar to undergraduate students and has been used for some years in the other programmes in the school of Art and Design and has proved very successful. The portfolio assessment is designed with the transdisciplinary and inter-disciplinary nature of Art and Design practice and research in mind. Art and Design research commonly combines textual material with creative practice in varying amounts, accordingly the portfolio assessment consists of a combination of: Academic text Speculative text Directed text (i.e. Research Proposal) Practice Viva Voce Presentation Exhibition These items are not assessed as individual items but taken as a body of work in a single 'portfolio' assessment to arrive at a single summative mark. It is the responsibility of the student to reflect upon what it is necessary for them to present in their portfolio in order to meet the learning outcomes and to ensure in their viva voce that they can convey critical insight and depth of knowledge in the connectivity and coherence between the various forms of text-practice-presentation-exhibition.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 - 18 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Llandaff Campus CF5 2YB Wales

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