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Program overview
3-8 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Glass (MDes, BA)

Our architectural and stained glass course 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 glass painting. It also introduces digital technologies such as water jet cutting and laser engraving.

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

With a history of over 80 years, the Department draws upon an internationally-recognised reputation of excellence and innovation. Our research-active staff will introduce you to current innovations in materials and processes to ensure you have the most up to date skills and knowledge.

Our hands-on material-based course draws together the best traditions of hand working with the latest creative technologies. You can study traditional techniques such as hand painting, acid etching and sandblasting alongside contemporary practice including warm glass, screen printing, digital printing and cutting, all underpinned by solid craft skills, including drawing, design and making.

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Admission requirements

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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Contextual Practices
  • Drawing for 3D
  • Making for 3D
  • Decorative Glass Processes
  • Stained Glass Practice
  • Professional Practices

Year 2

  • Design and Make 3
  • Design and Make 4
  • Applied Glass Practice
  • Architectural Glass Construction
  • Architectural Glass Practice
  • Professional Practice

Year 3

  • Advanced Creative Enquiry
  • Individual Major Project
  • Professional Promotion
  • Dissertation

Year 4

  • Research Methods and communication
  • The Thought Experiment
  • Creative Enterprise and Practice
  • Creative Venture

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fees for 2021/2022: £13,500

Career paths

Possible career pathways have included:

  • Establishing yourself as an artist, designer or maker.
  • Setting up a studio as a sole supplier or in a partnership with others
  • Employed in specialist glass studios
  • Engaging in freelance work on architectural and interiors projects
  • Designing for industry or working in the glass industry.
  • Working on private and public commissions
  • Working on art projects and community projects
  • Other opportunities include arts administration, curating, teaching and mentoring, community work and arts editorial.
  • Continuation of studies to postgraduate level on our MA program.
  • Further academic research leading to MPhil, or PhD is available.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

UWTSD is the oldest University in Wales and was founded in 1822. It has campuses in rural and city locations in the UK. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well...

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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