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Arts University Plymouth: Glass

Institution Arts University Plymouth View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university.

The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university.

In May we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university.

Our MA Glass programme encourages the development of individual and distinctive glass practice through engagement with contemporary approaches to the material, critical and cultural context and debate.

Ethos The MA Glass programme encourages entrepreneurial creativity through self-initiated approaches to making, whilst considering glass at its extreme edges in relation to process, technique, application, customer use and audience. The rich range of symbolic resonances and technological applications of glass form an essential part of our interrogation of this material. In addition to its focus on material qualities and the heritage of glass practice, the programme embraces the rise of digital tooling as part of an ongoing conversation with the emerging glass technologies. Our custom built workshops, created in 2013, are equipped to industry standard, including both electric and gas kilns, glass furnaces, a plaster room, cold working facilities and a glaze laboratory.

Outline You will be invited to challenge preconceptions about glass as material and its status within the world of craft, art and design, by placing materiality and conceptual development at the centre of your practice. You will be encouraged to examine personal references and capitalise on collaborative opportunity, as well as interacting with emerging technologies and sustainable solutions. You will also benefit from our international networks – the college has hosted glass artists such as Antoine Leperlier and Heike Brachlow. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports a spectrum of approaches to glass, encouraging dialogue between studio traditions, as well as conceptual and critical approaches to material-based practice.


Arts University Plymouth


Winner of Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Voted as the top Arts University in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2022). Overall student satisfaction is 81% at Arts University Plymouth, significantly above the national average of 76%.

Founded in 1856, the institution has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth following approval by the Privy Council, becoming the city of Plymouth’s specialist arts university. Arts University Plymouth is a specialist arts university offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and …

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