Glass (Contemporary Practice) MDes

Course Overview

The contemporary practice pathway is designed to allow the applied artist or designer / maker the opportunity to work with glass in a broader context offering a Fine Art, product or gallery approach as well as consideration for architectural application. This is delivered through workshops and projects that cover glass casting, digital technologies such as water jet cutting and laser engraving. One of the key challenges that the course sets out to investigate is the dialogue between the 'hand' and the digital.

Our strongly vocational course draws together the best traditions of hand working in glass with the latest creative technologies. Students can study traditional techniques such as acid etching and sandblasting alongside contemporary practice in screen printing, digital printing and cutting, all underpinned by solid craft skills, including drawing, design and making. The relationship between light, space and environment is one of the key elements within our glass projects. This is explored through design briefs, live project experience, site visits and professional development.

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 Award
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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