From the practical to the whimsical, the time-honoured to the cutting-edge, our MA Glass course at UCA Farnham gives you the freedom, facilities and inspiration to create the pieces you most want to make.
You will come to this course armed with your own skillset in glass work. Through rigorous research, practical and theoretical investigation, you will build on this to fully realise your signature style, preparing you to work at the forefront of your craft.
Taught alongside our MA Ceramics and MA Jewellery courses, this course offers you the chance to benefit from the insight, experience and knowledge of your tutors as well as leading specialist designers, artists and crafts experts from across disciplines.
Our Farnham campus provides extraordinary facilities, with extensive workshops and equipment to support your studies. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts.
|Length of study||1 year full-time|
|Entry requirements||Honours degree and/or relevant work experience|
|Course entry options||Sept 2022|
You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.
Theory and Analysis
This unit 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 artefacts, contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.
This unit 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.
During term 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 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.
In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.
This 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.
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:
- UK students full-time - £10,400
- UK students part-time - £5,200
- EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)
- International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
- International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)
The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly.
Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.
We are one of only a few UK universities with a glass workshop, including: hotshop for glass blowing; ladle casting and centrifuging; polishing and engraving machinery. We have extensive cutting, finishing and grinding workshops with grit blasting and engraving facilities, and plaster, gelflex and wax rooms for mould making.
Glass hot shop, UCA Farnham
Plaster, gel flex and wax room, UCA Farnham
Glass hot shop, UCA Farnham
Glass polishing and finishing, UCA Farnham
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:
- Arts administrators
- Gallery curators
"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."
- An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline
- Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.
Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.
To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.
For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.
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