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Glass (MDes, BA, CertHE)

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Our Glass department at Swansea College of Art UWTSD will give you the specialist skills you need to work with glass, from traditional techniques through to a host of digital skills and new technologies. You will be supported to develop your creative ideas and achieve your ambitions. 
Please see our Design Crafts Degree for details 


Information on our postgraduate MA Glass course can be found here


For details please contact Catherine Brown catherine.brown@uwtsd.ac.uk

Information on our postgraduate Glass course can be found here Glass MA 

How to apply

All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS - Swansea College of Art UWTSD is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David

All our course come under the institution code T80

Visit the University's How to apply section to find out more

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Contact Name: Catherine Brown

Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
  1. Explore your passion for glass, colour, light and space.
  2. Develop professional practical workshop skills and experience
  3. Discover ways to develop and sustain a career in architectural glass.
  4. Enjoy your own desk space in a lively creative studio
  5. Make an impact on the world around you.

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What you will learn

Course Overview

Please see our Design Crafts Degree for details.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Career Opportunities

Swansea glass department has a long and successful record of producing graduates of the highest professional calibre in the field of architectural and stained glass.

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 programme.
  • Further academic research leading to MPhil, or PhD is available.

Graduates may naturally be involved in a broad range of these opportunities and increasingly graduates enter employment in the wider creative industries sector where the design thinking and project management skills developed on the course come to the fore. The Professional Development module is designed to enable final year students to develop their external profile and prepare for professional practice.

Swansea Glass Department exhibit student work annually in major graduate design and recruitment exhibitions, showing at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea and at new Designers in London as a launch pad for early design career.

Student’s benefit from opportunities to work on live commissions through the Architectural Glass Centre (AGC). The AGC is the commercial arm of the department and allows students to gain experience, designing for live commissions as part of, or in addition to their coursework. Students are chosen on merit, via competitions, to work on live commissions that further demonstrate the high standards achieved. 

Student Quotes

Gemma Curtis

"Swansea changed my life in a way I didn't know was possible. I love my job and every day I wake up, that makes me happy. The course gave me the building blocks needed to take the next step in my career, from initial glazing skills to traditional style of painting. Every aspect of my job has been informed by Swansea in one way or another, from the history of stained glass to the designing and making of new commissions."

Bianca Divito

"As I rattle around in my glass studio these days, I can't help but miss the life and soul I experienced at the glass department in Swansea for the duration of my studies. It's like no other place I've visited since a true gem amongst stones and my only regret is not staying on longer to complete my MA when I had the chance. I would highly recommend the degree course to anyone interested in the art of stained glass."

Sarah Knighton

"The course felt like home to me, the environment was comfortable and all the staff worked together like a family. Everyone was welcoming and inclusive. it was a fun lively enriching atmosphere to be a part of. Students were from all ages and walks of life, the teachers were so passionate about glass there was a free flow of ideas and sharing of information. As a mature student, I had no art background but the teachers showed me how to unlock my potential.
The glass course gave me a strong foundation of knowledge that I have built my career upon. I had not previously thought about working in stained glass conservation but have since found that I can use new techniques and materials within this traditional craft, both sides of which (modern and traditional) I was taught."

Elisabeth Voss Sinnerud, Trondheim, Norway.

"I attended the Glass course in Swansea and spent three years falling in love with the designing and making of stained glass. With amazing tutors, lovely fellow students and truly inspiring materials to work with, I found myself looking forward to going to University every day. And these days, I’m looking forward to going to work each day. I work in the stained glass workshop at Nidaros Cathedral in Norway, where we’re restoring the stained glass of both our beautiful cathedral and take on external projects from all over Norway. Restoration of stained glass means you get to work with all the different techniques of traditional stained glass, and you also get to be challenged every day.
I can honestly say that I never thought of stained glass as a profession before I found the Architectural Glass course by a coincident. I am so glad I did, and I would recommend both the course and a profession within architectural glass wholeheartedly!"

Stacey Poultney, Architectural Glass Centre, Swansea

“Gaining my degree in Architectural Glass has enabled me to pursue a career in both traditional and Contemporary stained glass design and fabrication. My experience has made it possible for me to work with some of the leading artists and studios in Great Britain and internationally”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


In addition to our University Accommodation at Llys Glas, Swansea also benefits from a number of private student halls, all within a short walk, including:

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