The architectural arts pathway is designed to give the students the opportunity to work with glass in an architectural context in established and innovative ways. This is delivered through workshops and projects that cover stained glass and surface decoration techniques such as acid etching, sandblasting, screen-printing and advanced glass painting. It also introduces digital technologies such as water jet cutting and laser engraving alongside mosaics and metal enameling. One of the key challenges that the course sets out to investigate is the use of glass as an applied art in architecture and the relationship between light, space and environment. This is explored through design briefs, live project experience, site visits and professional development.
Our strongly vocational course draws together the best traditions of hand working in glass with the latest creative technologies. Students study traditional and contemporary practice underpinned by solid craft skills, including drawing, design and making.
In this century glass as a material offers a unique place in design and architecture and there are very few institutions that offer the opportunity to explore this material, with particular reference to its applications in architecture. Swansea glass department has a long established reputation for glass and strong industrial links help underpin the educational experience for students. The history of the department enables a broad spectrum of approaches that draw on the historical, cultural and technological uses of this material. Glass in its many forms; mosaic, glaze, enamel and window fa