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University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)


Course(s) offered

BA Glass (Contemporary Practice) (3 years)

BA Glass (Architectural Arts) (3 years)

MDes Glass (Contemporary Practice) (4 years)

MDes Glass (Architectural Arts) (4 years)

MPhil and PhD

Also short workshops & master classes.

Full- and/or part-time optionsfor all programmes / modular


Description of course

This well-established and nationally and internationally renowned course draws together the best traditions of hand working in glass with the latest creative technologies. Students study traditional and contemporary glass practice underpinned by solid, sustainable skills, including drawing, designing and making.

The teaching team consists of highly experienced glass artists and designers who are either engaged in professional practice or are research active, supported by industrially trained technical staff.  This ensures that the course delivers a qualification and experience that is highly relevant to the changing needs of the industry and wider architectural glass community.

Each year consists of a variety of modules of 20, 40 or 60 credit value, totalling 120 credits. 80 credits of study each year are undertaken in the core subject of product design with an additional 40 credits of study dedicated to supporting modules. Year 1 • Historical and Contextual Studies I • Visual Studies • Design Practice • Decorative Glass Processes • Stained Glass Practice Year 2 • Historical and Contextual Studies II • Advanced Visual Studies • Contemporary Technologies • Advanced Stained Glass Practice • Advanced Glass Painting Year 3 • Major Project • Minor Project • Critical Review • Entrepreneurship Year 4 Research & Industry Project (120 credits)

The course includes live design projects that enable students to engage with architects and commissioners of glass. This industrial contact allows students to develop their skills in response to real world scenarios and prepares them for the demands of employment.

Students are actively encouraged to enter national and international glass competitions such as Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass run by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

The course maintains the strongly vocational emphasis that has been the hallmark of the Swansea School of Glass for almost 80 years. Students build up their knowledge and skills of working with glass through studio and workshop practice. External projects are a consistent feature and students frequently undertake commercial projects through the School’s commercial glass studio, the Architectural Glass Centre (AGC). Specialist options within the course include, traditional glass painting, kiln-formed, stained glass and decorative applications on glass such as sand blast engraving, screen printing, acid etching, and gilding. The modules are project based and taught by specialist staff in well-equipped workshops.

The School has good links with industry in the UK and Europe, especially Finland, France and Germany, and provides opportunities for visits, exchanges and work placements.


Facilities available

In 2014 the School was resituated in the newly refurbished ALEX building in the Swansea Arts Quarter, providing students with excellent facilities including dedicated design studios with individual work spaces, traditional glass workshops supported by a comprehensive computer suite to support digital design.  The studios and computer facilities are equipped with Wacom Cintiq displays for freehand digital sketching and the latest versions of industry standard design and visualisation software such as Autodesk Alias, Sketchbook Pro, SolidWorks, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Well-appointed dedicated studio space for glass painting / cutting, lead glazing, glass finishing, acid etching, screen printing, airbrush work, dalle de verre, adhesive technologies, kiln work and glass casting, conservation and restoration.

Equipment: Selection of flat bed kilns of varying sizes up to 1 x 1 metre bed, glass-casting kilns, glass-painting kilns, glass furnace

Two abrasive blasting cabinets in dedicated room, acid-etching bay

Edging / linnishing machines, flat-bed grinder, glass drill, glass saw, flexible drive engravers

Wet back spray booth for airbrush enamels


Course location and contact details

UWTSD Swansea, School of Design and Applied Arts, Mount Pleasant, Swansea SA1 6ED
Tel: 01792 481179 / 01792 481117; email glass@uwtsd.ac.uk

Glass (Contemporary Practice) tutor: Catherine Brown
Glass (Architectural Arts) tutor: Lisa Burkl


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