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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Plymouth College of Art

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


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.

Exploration through playful investigation of a full range of material expressions is encouraged, challenging preconceptions about the 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 can explore the visual language of glass in juxtaposition to other materials and modes of thinking.

This programme encourages entrepreneurial creativity through self-initiated and independent approaches to making, whilst considering the subject at its extreme edges in relation to process, technique, application, customer use and audience.

Pursuing attitudes of new thinking and investigations to develop personal design ideas, you’ll be encouraged to examine personal references and capitalise on collaborative opportunity, as well as interacting with emerging technologies and sustainable solutions.

The scope of the material and the range of processes available – including hot glass, kiln-formed glass, coldworking, and architectural glass – results in a wide range of object outcomes, from product design and sculpture to architectural installations.

You are encouraged to develop a purposeful intention to enable clear definition and placement of your work in the external market. You will also benefit from our international networks – the college has hosted glass artists such as Antoine Leperlier and Heike Brachlow.

Our staff have worked in the glass industry, curated the international glass pavilion at Art Shanghai, published critical writing on contemporary glass, and have been instrumental in developing innovative academic glass programmes in China and South Africa.

The programme seeks to affirm or redefine your position as a maker by learning through making, as well as through theoretical and practical applications.

In addition to a keen interest in material qualities and the heritage of glass practice, topics driven by narrative developments and current issues, such as the rise of digital tooling and globalisation, will be ongoing conversation points as you explore the ever-changing technological landscape. At the core of this programme are the themes of reflecting through making and reflecting on making.

Careers & Alumni

Alumni of our Graduate School pursue careers in the fields of fine art, craft and design, as practising artists, teachers, curators, and as gallery, theatre and technical professionals. Others go on to prepare for doctoral study, and set up viable projects as socially engaged and community-based practitioners.

Our programmes offer professional skills development to support our students as they progress within industry, self-employment (in the Creative Industries sector) and further Level 7 and 8 studies. The second module offers an opportunity to test out the practices being investigated by individual students within an appropriate, live setting.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Plymouth College of Art

  • Campus address

    Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    80th out of 86

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    131 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    51 51%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%


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