Glass (Architectural Arts) MDes

Course Overview

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.

Key Features

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

MDes, MDes Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.

Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don't have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.

See our Interview Guide for more information.

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