The BA studies take three years and include the following: theoretical subjects (glass technology, history of glass art, museum classes); creative specialised projects and practical subjects (work materials, workshops and master classes, photography, electives). Your portfolio is completed by the end of the third year and includes a survey of the best of your creative work to date, but which can also be project-based.
The focus of the MA studies is on art- or design-oriented projects. However based on your preferences, the master’s project is generally comprised of creative work and theoretical research.
We consider a balanced combination of individual work and group work to be important. In this speciality teamwork is important when using various techniques, but especially in hot processing. We also think that professional communications outside of one’s speciality – with the clients and representatives of other specialities – are also very important. Therefore, our specialised projects are often connected to specific commissions, to exhibition projects and glass-related events.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I ACQUIRE?
• A thorough knowledge of the properties of glass as a material and its possibilities
• A mastery of various glassmaking techniques
• The skill to resolve design problems and assignments
• The skill and wish to participate in the art scene both at home and abroad
• The skill to relate, as a glass artist, to the problems associated with architecture, interior design and the fine arts
WHAT JOBS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER I GRADUATE?
• Glass artist, free-lance glass artist
• Studio artist, designer, industrial artist
• Glass restorer
• Specialised teacher, faculty member, hobby group instructor
• Glass master, artisan
BA 1st year
The basic knowledge and skills in the field of glass will be acquired; cold processing and colour problems will be dealt with; an introduction will be provided of furnace techniques and the use of form materials.
BA 2nd year
Importance will be placed on the glass design assignment; basic knowledge and skills will be acquired; this includes computer programs, which will enable the students to work as designers in the future – in the glass industry or in small studios. Students will also be taught to use many techniques, including glass painting, printing techniques, and engraving. The principles for establishing exhibition concepts and organising exhibition will be introduced.
BA 3rd year
With the help of a large-scale creative assignment – exhibition project – everything that has been learned will be consolidated; the best of the student’s work to date will be documented in a portfolio. This is a requirement for receiving a BA degree and also provides the necessary skills for introducing one’s work in the future.
The studies during the two years of the master’s programme are project-centred; the students can choose either art or design projects, and choose the topic for their master’s thesis. During the second year of the master’s programme, the topic-related work of art and written research is completed. During this period, the students often attend universities or participate in practical training in studios abroad.