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Plymouth College of Art: Glass

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


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.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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