Taught course


University of Sunderland · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from holders of an honours degree in glass or glass/arts & design related discipline. We also accept applications from candidates with equivalent relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to develop as a glass artist, in the UK's only dedicated centre for glass heritage and modern practice? You’ll be joining the largest glass and ceramics department in Europe, made up of an international team of creative and experienced educators and practitioners. All academic staff on this course are engaged in professional practice or research, and tutors’ specialisms include glassblowing, print for glass, kiln forming, and digital fabrication methods. We don't require previous study of galss, but most students have experience in a subject related to art and design.

The course will help you develop a synergy of creative ideas and technical skills. Working at the National Glass Centre, you will have access to:

  • 26 Glass KIlns - including a large glass casting kiln
  • Hot glass workshop with international-quality equipment
  • Glass mould-making workshop
  • State-of-the-art water-jet cutter
  • Cold working studio for sandblasting, cutting, grinding and polishing
  • Architectural Glass Studio
  • Glass and ceramics print studio
  • Computer suite with Rhino 3D modelling software and 3D printers
  • Lampworking workshop
  • Computer suite and project space
  • Project and exhibition space
  • Multi-function creative and social space
  • Arts and Design Library

We do not have a ‘house style’; instead you will be encouraged and supported to develop your own focus. You will be encouraged to develop your independent creativity, improve your technical skills through expert support, and develop academic skills in research and communication. We encourage you to develop your personal practice through studio work, critical studies, professional practice, research, critiques, analysis and questioning.

Sunderland also hosts the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG), which promotes and facilitates glass research, develops new working methods and informs teaching. The IIRG has a lively visiting speaker programme of invited professional artists and curators, and also organises conferences, master classes, exhibitions and specialist training.

Information for international students

For an application form please see http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/international/howtoapply/ A portfolio of ten to twenty images of recent work is required with application forms.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
10 months
part time
15 months


full time
7 months
part time
7 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work80

Course contact details

Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
+44 (0)191 515 3000
+44 (0)191 515 2132