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University of Wolverhampton


Course(s) offered

BA (Hons) Applied Arts (Glass)

MA Design and Applied Arts (Glass)

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Both MA and BA have full- and part-time pathways; BA is 3 years full time, sandwich is 4 years; 5-6 years part time


Description of course

In the first year, Applied Arts students take inductions in ceramics, glass and metal to develop their practical skills and explore the creative potential of the different materials.

The second year allows students to explore their individual strengths supported by advanced workshop skills and design practice. Ideas may be developed experimentally or as defined outcomes, varying from one-off to small batch production, and from small-scale objects to large-scale installations. Students may specialise in one material or follow multi material explorations within their work. Students will develop their design ability and professional skills through live projects, competitions and commissions which prepare them for the diverse needs of the creative industries and which enable them to begin establishing their position within the contemporary applied arts.

In the final year, students develop a personal project that reflects their own creative ideas and that culminates in the production of a professional body of work. The focus is on the creative industries and opportunities that exist to support Applied Artists. Students define the context and audience for their work develop a professional portfolio to present their work to potential clients. Advanced making and research skills, subject knowledge and contextual understanding enable individual students to take a broader view and position themselves in the professional world.

Professional involvement through live projects, placement opportunity and work-based learning will provide students with the opportunity to integrate personal creative expression with the needs of the market.

Processes include: blowing, hot glass casting, kiln forming and kiln casting, all aspects of surface working, including glass painting, sandblasting, engraving. All processes have potential for architectural glass application.


Facilities available

Well-equipped workshops for all aspects of glass making, including: 

Dedicated architectural glass room, plaster room and cold-process room

Hot shop with 2 furnaces, centrifuge machine, sand-casting area

Dedicated kiln room with kilns for sheet glass, large and small-scale casting and all aspects of glass forming.

Equipment: Sandblaster, engravers, crystal cutting wheels, diamond drill, etc.


Course location and contact detail

Glass Department, School of Creative Arts + Design, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB
Tel 01902 322222; email enquiries @ wlv.ac.uk


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