Validation and Accreditation


We are no longer recruiting new students for awards offered by the University of Wales, however we will continue to run programmes validated by the University for existing students. All new intakes for courses will now be validated by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

For further details regarding the University of Wales and its validation services email

Although many universities offer the possibility of studying the traditional arts as historical subjects, the fundamental principle of the School is that tradition is continual renewal. Emphasis is placed on the traditional arts as living skills that can be applied in contemporary design and not just to restoration work. This is what initially led Professor Keith Critchlow to pioneer this programme for the practice of traditional arts at post-graduate level.

“The opportunity to share with people from different countries at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and to learn the philosophy behind the great traditions, reinforced the idea that we can live peacefully and learn from differences. Beauty lives in all traditions; creativity and longing for transcendence makes us all similar. This truth strengthens my hope of a better world.” Ana-Maria Giraldo, 2004

Students and staff can access the University of Wales library and download guidelines.


We have undergone a review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full here.

We have received the following judgements from QAA:

• The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of the degree-awarding body meets UK expectations.  

• The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.  

• The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations. 

• The enhancement of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.

Click to download our QAA action plan.