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University of Sunderland


Course(s) offered

BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics (3 years FT; PT also available)

MA Glass (1 year FT/2 years PT)

Research degrees: MPhil, PhD


Description of course

Introductory modules give first-hand experience of foundational subjects: blown and sandcast hot glass; kiln-formed glass processes; architectural and stained glass; throwing and hand-building ceramics. In addition students will learn cold-working processes involved in glass, including polishing and surface decoration and digital approaches to glass and ceramics through the use of three-dimensional modelling software, 3D printing and water-jet cutting.

During the course they will have the opportunity to specialize in either glass or ceramics, or work across both mediums.

In the third year, they create a major body of work and have the opportunity to exhibit at the 'New Designers' exhibition in London. A showcase of final year student work is held annually at the National Glass Centre in June.

Tutors’ specialisms include glassblowing, print for glass, kilnforming, and digital fabrication methods.


Facilities available

The course is delivered at National Glass Centre, using professional-standard equipment in the workshops and studios in open-plan working areas. As well as an architectural glass studio, these include a hot-glass workshop with international-quality equipment, two cold-working studios, a glass mould-making workshop, and glass and ceramics print studio; project and exhibition space.

Equipment: The architectural glass studio has four light boxes, six leading benches and a dedicated painting and enamelling area, as well as a long window wall for glass easels.

Also there are 26 glass kilns, including a large casting kiln; a state-of-the-art water-jet cutter, 3D Makerbot printer, computer suite with Rhino 3D modelling software; hot-glass workshop – furnaces, glory holes and two lehrs for hotworking; cold-working studios – sandblasters, glass drill, diamond saw, flat beds, glass lathes and linishers.


Course location and contact details

The courses are sited in the University facility within the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL

Programme leader: Colin Rennie 

Tel. 0191 515 3609; email colin.rennie@sunderland.ac.uk


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