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MA Glass: Contemporary Dialogues

Course Description

The MA Glass programme seeks to develop practice that is concerned with re-evaluating architectural glass traditions, conventions and value systems. It is this rigorous re-interpretation process; both physical and psychological that will inevitably define the parameters of the individual student’s personal study.

Glass offers some remarkable properties, not least transparency and durability. These have been exploited in the architectural context for thousands of years. Huge advances have been made in glass technology, and it would seem that the possibilities of the material grow daily rather than diminish. The pace of change is such that it has made it difficult for the practitioner to keep abreast of new developments.

This MA provides the opportunity to explore these new possibilities and knowledge as well as developing new skills and approaches to working in glass.

The MA Glass programme aims to develop those critical and reflective faculties to empower the student to engage in a more proactive, educated dialogue with architects, industry, designers, artists and scientists working in glass.

The glass department in Swansea is a unique international centre for working in architectural glass arts. Over the years the department has built on its traditional stained glass heritage. This has been complemented by the on-going integration of contemporary approaches to glass within the current programmes.


Part One consists of two parts in which the two ‘drivers of creativity' are introduced and related to personal practice. In part one practical and theory modules interact to enable students to explore the dialectical relationship between individual identity and the wider social group issues. In part two, the practical work is related to the second dialectic, which drives creativity: that between nature and culture. Modules relating art and design to the environment, and art and design considered as cultural communication inform the practice.
Student-led presentations provide the opportunity to explore these relationships between theory and practice.

Part Two consists of the Major Practical Project, this is student-directed, under supervision, and, together with an integrated report of at least 6,000 words forms the final submission for the MA. An option to submit a written dissertation of 15,000 words in lieu of a major Practical Project is available.

* Collaborative Dialogues
* Co-existent Perspectives
* The Thought Experiment
* Explorative Research Praxis
* Confirmative Praxis

Entry Criteria

The normal entry requirements for admission to the MA programme are:

an Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
for graduates of non-UK universities, sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme (e.g. TOEFL 550 or equivalent)
This programme is ideally suited to applicants who are involved with or who have a background in the applied and decorative arts though candidates from a wide variety of design backgrounds will be considered.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered for entry onto the programme. For example, a candidate with a good HND, together with at least five years relevant experience would be considered. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support his/her application.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Glass: Contemporary Dialogues page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in a related discipline or experience. All candidates shall be considered on their own merit

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