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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies - Glass

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  • Objectives
    The College has taught glass for over a hundred years. The current course combines a fine art ethos with fabricating skills to encourage informed, individual approaches to the light-transmitting medium of glass and its applications. It provides professional updating to enhance practice, improve technique and learn new skills and approaches to the subject. It is intended for those already skilled in an appropriate area of art and design practice but who need the time, support and the facilities to progress and learn.
  • Entry requirements
    Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; or 3 years relevant professional experience. Suitable candidates The course attracts mature students with experience in glass, painting, print, interior design and architecture. Those without practical experience who can demonstrate personal motivation and an intelligent interest in the medium may also apply.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies - Glass
  • Course description
    The course is split in to two single year pathways, which emphasise glass as a fine art medium and glass as an aspect of architectural design. The two routes are run in alternate years to enable you to follow on from one course to the next should you wish. Each pathway has a slightly different emphasis. The architectural pathway focuses on glass for the built environment but still assumes a high level of personal vision and direction on the part of the student. The glass and fine art pathway is more open-ended tending towards a more experimental use of glass as a material.

    Core skills taught to all students include design, preparation, glass painting, fusing, bonding and a range of etching techniques. These are supplemented by lectures, tutorials, studio demonstrations and discussion with invited experts. The course generally includes a mix of architectural projects, the creation of work for exhibition and self-initiated research. A Study Agreement, updated throughout the course, will define the aims and scope of your work.

    You will be expected to attend college most weeks for two days and total study time per week including independent study will be 20 hours per week.

    Career Prospects

    Past students have applied their understanding of glass to running their own successful studios, carrying out architectural or interior design projects and running courses in glass. Many participate in international exhibitions while others continue the great tradition of ecclesiastical stained glass making.

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