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Glass (MA)

Course Description

UCA Farnham

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.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

On our MA Glass course you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts people. And you'll receive the opportunity to make objects, experiment with a range of materials and processes, and develop your creative thinking.

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.

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.

Course content

Stage 1 -

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

Studio Practice, Theory and Analysis: This 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 artifacts, contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

Exploratory Practice: 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.

Stage 2 -

During stage 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.

Stage 3 -

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

Final 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.


UCA Farnham provides first-rate 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.

Hot glass workshop - Fully equipped hot glass workshop with facilities for blowing, ladle casting and centrifuging

Cutting and finishing workshop - Extensive cutting and finishing workshops with stone and diamond tooling for cutting, grinding, and polishing as well as gritblasting and engraving workshops

Studios and workshops - Studio spaces and workshops for design, ceramics, jewellery and metalwork

Library - Modern library with a wealth of books, journals, and special collections and online resources

Course staff

Rebecca Skeels - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/rebecca-skeels/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Course connections

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

::Industry partners::

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).


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.

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.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Glass (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Bruce Marks

"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."


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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