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Courses in Stained Glass in Higher Education

The main institutions offering qualifications in stained glass are:

The information below is a summary of each of the following points:

1 Name of institution
2 Course(s) offered
2a Qualifications offered
2b Full- and/or part-time options
3 Facilities available (e.g. kilns?, leading benches?)
4 Processes included (e.g. glass painting, blowing, sandblasting?)
5 Course location and contact details
6 Website link
7 One sentence description of course ethos.

 

University of Sunderland


1 Name of institution:

University of Sunderland, School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture.


2 Course(s) offered:

Glass and Ceramics.

2a Qualifications offered:

BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics (3 years FT)

MA (1 year FT/2 years PT) in Glass or Ceramics.

Research degrees in Glass or Ceramics: MPhil, PhD.

2b Full- and/or part-time options both offered.


3 Facilities available (e.g. kilns?, leading benches?):

An enamelling kiln, a number of top loading kilns, a large casting kiln; furnaces, glory holes and two lehrs for hotworking; a cold shop (with glass drill, diamond saw, flat beds, glass lathes and linishers) two sandblasters and an acid etching facility (under review). From 2007 there will be an extended print facility and a new light facility (for neon etc.).

The architectural workshop has four light boxes, six leading benches and a dedicated painting and enamelling area, as well as a long window wall for glass easels.

 

4 Processes included (e.g. glass painting, blowing, sandblasting?)

Most hot and cold glass working processes are available (see above).

 

5 Course location and contact details:

The courses are sited in the University facility within the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL

BA Programme enquiries to the External Affairs Officer:
Tel. 0191 515 3593; email admenquiry@sunderland.ac.uk

MA and Research Programme leader: Dr Kevin Petrie
Tel. 0191 515 3610; email kevin.petrie@sunderland.ac.uk

 

6 Website link:

http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/faculties/adm/study/subjectareas/glassandceramics/

 

7 One sentence description of course ethos:

'We focus on developing intellectual and technical ability and an understanding of the chosen subject area in relation to personal development, together with an emphasis on the students' acquisition of transferable skills with a specialist understanding of glass or ceramic production.'

 

Swansea Institute of Higher Education

1 Name of institution:

Swansea Institute, Welsh School of Architectural Glass


2 Course(s) offered:

Higher National Certificate

Higher National Diploma

BA (Hons) Architectural Glass (3 years FT)

MA Glass

Short workshops & master classes

2a Qualifications offered:

Higher National Certificate

Higher National Diploma

BA (Hons) Architectural Glass

MA Glass

MPhil and PhD.

2b Full- and/or part-time options:

Both for all programmes / modular

 

3 Facilities available (e.g. kilns?, leading benches?):

Selection of flat bed kilns of varying sizes up to 1 x 1 metre bed

Glass casting kilns

Glass painting kilns

Glass furnace

Two abrasive blasting cabinets in dedicated room

Acid etching bay

Edging / linnishing machines

Flat bed grinder

Glass drill

Glass saw

Flexible drive engravers

Wet back spray booth for airbrush enamels

 

4 Processes included (e.g. glass painting, blowing, sandblasting?):

Well-appointed dedicated studio space for glass painting / cutting, Lead glazing, glass finishing, acid etching, screen printing, airbrush work, dalle de verre, adhesive technologies, kiln work and glass casting, conservation and restoration.


5 Course location and contact details:

Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea Institute, Alexandra Road, Swansea SA1 5DU

Tel: 01792 481179 / 01792 481117; email glass@smu.ac.uk

Admissions tutor: Lisa Burkl

 

6 Website link:

http://www.sihe.ac.uk

 

7 One sentence description of course ethos:

'Dedicated to education and training in all aspects of Architectural Glass Practice.'

 

Edinburgh College of Art

1 Name of institution:

Edinburgh College of Art

 

2 Course(s) offered:

BA Hons Glass (4 years FT)

MA/MFA Glass

Summer course and Art and Design Studies (30-week evenings): glass


3 Facilities available:

Large stained glass room with 12 movable glass easels

4 m x 1.3 m fixed leading table, several smaller portable leading tables

Kilns: 1.5 m x 1.2 m flat bed

12-rack shelf kiln

Small flatbed test kiln

Additional 8 large casting kilns available to architectural glass students

Light benches

2 sandblasters

Large cutting table, shelves, misc.

Stained glass studio was custom built on top floor of building for maximum light potential.


4 Processes included:

Stained and architectural glass, glass blowing and casting, kiln forming and cold forming, including wheel-cutting and engraving, developing creativity, business and professional studies.


5 Course location and contact details:

The Registry, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF;

Tel +44 (0) 131 221 6027 registry@eca.ac.uk

Head of Glass: Alison McConachie

Tel 0131 221 6251; email  a.mcconachie@ eca.ac.uk


6 Website link:

http://www.eca.ac.uk


7 One sentence description of course ethos:

'We are committed to the promotion and development of glass as a valid and vital form of expression, within the fields of art, design and architecture.'

 

North Wales School of Art and Design

1 Name of institution:

North Wales School of Art and Design

 

2 Course(s) offered:

BA (Hons) Design: Applied Arts, glass

2a Qualifications offered

BA and BA Honours

2b Full- and/or part-time options

Full time


3 Facilities available (e.g. kilns? leading benches?):

Fusing and casting kilns, 2 speed burn gas kilns

Leading benches, light boxes with extractor systems for painting

Mould making room and cold working room with diamond saw, drill, hand-held water-cooled grinder and saw, flatbed grinder

Purpose-built studio and workshops, opening 2006, with easy access to the facilities of Ceramics and Jewelry/metalwork.


4 Processes included:

Painting, sandblasting, acid etching, engraving, fusing, casting and cold working


5 Course location and contact details:

NWSAD, 49 Regent Street, Wrexham LL11 1PF

Tel 01978 293538; email a.evans@glyndwr.ac.uk


6 Website link:

http://www.nwsad.co.uk/design-applied-arts/

 

7 One sentence description of course ethos:

'The glass pathway at NWSAD introduces students to a comprehensive range of architectural and warm glass techniques whilst encouraging a focused and dedicated approach to both creative goals and the use and development of specific techniques.'

 

Wolverhampton University

1 Name of institution:

University of Wolverhampton


2 Course(s) offered:

BA (Hons) Applied Arts (Glass)

MA Design and Applied Arts (Glass)

2a Qualifications offered:

Ph D, M Phil, MA, BA (Hons), BA

2b Full- and/or part- time options:

Both MA and BA have full- and part-time pathways.

BA is 3 years full time, 5-6 years part time


3 Glass facilities available:

Well-equipped recently refurbished workshops, (2004), for all aspects of glass making - including hot shop with 2 furnaces, centrifuge machine, sand casting area: dedicated architectural glass room, plaster room and cold-process room. Sandblaster, engravers, crystal cutting wheels, diamond drill, etc. Dedicated kiln room with kilns for sheet glass, large and small-scale casting and all aspects of glass forming.


4 Processes included (e.g. glass painting, blowing, sandblasting?):

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.


5 Course location and contact details:

Stuart Garfoot, Senior Lecturer, Glass Department, School of Art + Design, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB. Tel 01902 321648; email S.Garfoot@ wlv.ac.uk


6 Website link:

http://www.wlv.ac.uk


7 One sentence description of course ethos:

'On this specialist BA (Hons) course students are introduced to all aspects of glass making in the first year, encouraged to explore their potential and develop glass making skills in the second year before selecting their individual preference for glass design and making in the third year.'

University of York

1 Name of institution:

University of York


2 Course(s) offered:

MA Stained Glass†Conservation and Heritage Management (2 years)

2a Qualifications offered:

MA

3 Glass facilities available:

Leading conservation studios in Britain, Europe and the United States host placements, providing valuable work experience, and networks for future careers. Every other year, usually in the Easter vacations, students will have the chance to join a study tour to France and Germany, visiting major stained glass sites, and leading conservation practices.

 

4 Processes included (e.g. glass painting, blowing, sandblasting?):

Modules will be devoted to basic and advanced techniques of glass conservation. Other fields of study include the ethics and the philosophy of conservation, history of conservation, art and architectural history, archaeology, building engineering, conservation and the impact of climate change, and heritage and business administration.


5 Course location and contact details:

Department of History of Art, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK. Tel 01904 322978; email:

Course Administrator: Brittany Scowcroft

Tel 01904 323910; email brittany.scowcroft@york.ac.uk

6 Website link:

http://www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/prospective-students/postgraduate/ma-stained-glass/


7 One sentence description of course ethos:

'Our†aim is to offer training for a variety of employment, in stained glass conservation workshops, but also in heritage management, arts administration, architectural offices, and the administration of historic buildings and museums.'

 

 

 

 




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