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Edinburgh College of Art


Course(s) offered

MA/MFA Glass


Description of course

‘The programme is set up as an environment that allows individuals to challenge traditional processes and perceptions of glass and push beyond the known properties of the medium. Individuals forge their own paradigms of practices that bridge Art, Craft and Design: at the core is the materiality of glass through the exploration of these new boundaries. The philosophy of the department seeks to question the definition of glass through the integrated relationship spanning theory, narrative and process.

Students are encouraged to embrace new skills that are central to the glass learning experience alongside integrating new technological processes (CAD, 3D printing, CNC milling and laser cutting) and non-material processes (performance and sound) into their studio practice.'

Processes include: stained and architectural glass, glass blowing and casting, kiln forming and cold forming, including wheel-cutting and engraving, developing creativity, business and professional studies.


Facilities available

Large architectural glass studio (custom built on top floor of building for maximum light potential) with 12 movable glass easels, 4 m x 1.3 m fixed leading table, several smaller portable leading tables, light benches, large cutting table, shelves, misc.

Kiln room kilns: 1.5 m x 1.2 m flat bed; 12-rack shelf kiln; small flatbed test kiln; additional 8 large casting kilns available to architectural glass students

Hot-glass studio: two furnaces, four glory holes with six benches and four annealing kilns

Sandblasting room

Cutting and polishing shop

Dedicated drawing studio

Screenprinting room: 4 screenprint beds, drying box, lightbox


Course location and contact details

Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF;

Contact postgraduate admissions +44 (0)131 221 6251; email: hsspg @ ed.ac.uk

Programme Director: Geoffrey Mann


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