MA Glass

General

Program Description

Course overview

Our MA Glass course is a project led and studio-based course with tutorial guidance where you'll create individual excellence through rigorous research, including practical and theoretical investigation. We encourage a wide range of approaches, from the traditional specialist trades to the contemporary influences of art, craft, design and technology. 

Our course guides design professionals and graduates in the further development of their skills and experience within the crafts and design industries. Taught alongside our MA Ceramics, MA Metalwork and MA Jewellery courses, these courses are for highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline.

Our course guides design professionals and graduates in the further development of their skills and experience within the crafts and design industries. MA in Glass attracts highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline.

On our MA Glass course, you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts experts, which in turn will nurture and develop your own critical and practical theory and encourage students to create bespoke glass pieces inspired by their own personal journey. Throughout the course, you'll also get to work closely alongside other fields such as textiles, jewellery, metalwork and ceramics. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and incorporate elements from other disciplines into your work; a truly bespoke creative experience.

Our Farnham campus provides extraordinary facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts, Farnham boasts an extensive creative community.

Length of study:

  • One year full-time or two years part-time

Course details

Term 1

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Theory and Analysis

  • This unit focuses on challenging and reflecting upon your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artefacts, contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

Exploratory Practice

  • This unit focuses on developing your practice into a form of enquiry; a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

Term 2

During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Reflective Practice

  • Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It enables you to become critically aware and allows you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you explored in the exploratory practice unit. Work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of inquiry through selected materials, concepts and a clearly articulated context. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

Term 3

In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Major Project

  • Is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout the course. Its aim is to demonstrate the resolution of previous project units through evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.

Fees and additional course costs

Tuition fees

The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

  • UK and EU students full-time - £8,000
  • UK and EU students part-time - £4,000
  • International students full-time - £16,250 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

Additional course costs

In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Fee discounts and scholarships

To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

  • Read more about fee discounts

Facilities

We are one of only a few UK universities with a glass workshop, including: hot shop for glass blowing; ladle casting and centrifuging; polishing and engraving machinery. We have extensive cutting, finishing and grinding workshops with grit blasting and engraving facilities, and plaster, gelflex and wax rooms for mould making.

What our students say

"The UCA experience was inspiring and the expertise of the tutors combined with the superior facilities created the perfect environment for creative expression and experimentation. After graduating I returned to the studio fuelled with new ideas and the courage to realise my designs."

Bruce Marks, MA Glass

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

Industry links

Our course has excellent links with industry specialists and can assist with the provision of work placements.

Our connections include:

  • Bullseye Glass Company
  • The New Ashgate Gallery Trust (based in Farnham).

Careers

This course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Upon successful completion, you might decide to become a self-employed artist or forge a career within the craft and design industries, for example.

Recent graduates work as:

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Makers
  • Arts administrators
  • Gallery curators
  • Teachers
  • Writers.

Further study

You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please check our website.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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