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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Glass: Architectural Arts (Swansea College of Art)

UCAS Code: 5H3M

Master of Design - MDes

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Interior design and architecture

Our Architectural and Stained Glass degree at Swansea College of Art UWTSD will give you the specialist skills you need to work with glass, from traditional techniques through to a host of digital skills and new technologies. You will be supported to develop your creative ideas and achieve your ambitions.

The course introduces you to the wealth of possibilities offered by a career in architectural glass. The programme is delivered through workshops, tutorials, projects, live briefs and competitions, giving you experience of working with architects, glass studios and private clients, preparing you for your future. We’re proud to boast that many of the leading architectural glass artists and designers working today are graduates of the glass course.

Modules

First year modules are designed to establish a core platform of essential skills for all students and encourage the development of design and making in glass:
• Historical and contextual studies to develop and enrich the student’s knowledge of glass.
• Visual Studies to deepen the studies drawing and visual literacy.
• Bench-work to build the student’s skills in working with glass and materials.
• Design and material knowledge to provide understanding of design in glass.

Second year students develop the knowledge, practical abilities and creativity to undertake design and glass artefact realization. They are able to work as an individual designer, maker or as part of a multidisciplinary team for the manufacture of decorative glass.
Third year modules are designed to allow students to formulate their own individual career direction and aspirations as a glass graduate. Students select and manage their own personal and external projects with the support of the staff team so that they can demonstrate their core skills and experience and develop:
• Advanced knowledge of contemporary glass, thinking and practice.
• A personal design philosophy to underpin their current and future practice.
• Advanced awareness of the value of their intellectual and creative ability and a well-defined strategy for personal brand and career development.

Third year students prepare for their launch into the graduate marketplace with the support from the universities Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services.

Year four modules (level 7) are designed to encourage advanced practice and entrepreneurial thinking. In particular, students studying at this level are encouraged to display resourcefulness, entrepreneurial skills, and the capacity to establish new and innovative enterprises. Level 7 provides an advanced understanding of research tools that can be implemented within a range of contexts and extend critical and creative thinking. Students are encouraged to extend their professional standing in their chosen field through either developing existing assets generated at undergraduate level or exploring collaborative opportunities with commercial partners, public sector or social enterprises: or may seek to develop a new business start-up.
(The MDes allows you to study on a four-year course that allows you to achieve a Master’s award within a single fee structure)

MODULES
Each year of the course has a value of 120 credits spread over the following subject areas.

Year 1
• Contextual Practices
• Visual Studies
• Design Practice 1 & 2
• Decorative Glass Processes
• Stained Glass Practice

Year 2
• Contextual Practices
• Advanced Visual Studies
• Technical Processes
• Applied Glass Practice
• Advanced Glass Painting 1 & 2

Year 3
• Personal Project
• External Project
• Professional Development
• Dissertation

Year 4
• Research Methods and communication
• Creative Enterprise and Practice
• Creative Venture

Assessment methods

The three main modes of assessment used on this programme are:

Studio Projects – work undertaken to fulfil the demands of a given or student generated brief. Projects are set to examine the student’s abilities to master the integration of new design principles and skills to his / her design practice. Studio projects may be set and take place in a variety of forms and over a range of durations, and include activity within the glass workshops, CAD studios as well as traditional design studios. Students may be required to present a variety of types of work for assessment such as; portfolios, sketchbooks and project journals, presentation boards, three-dimensional models, glass samples and artefacts.

Written Assignments – work undertaken by the student in his/her own time. Written assignments may take the form of an illustrated paper or report. In both cases the student is expected to demonstrate critical insight and proficiency in articulating the results of a practice or research based assignment.

Seminar Presentations – this form of assessment requires the student to demonstrate conceptual understanding and evaluate the rigour and validity of published research. Seminars may take the form of individual and/or group presentations to peers and other professional groups.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

The Uni


Course location:

Alexandra Road, Swansea

Department:

Swansea College of Art

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
Interior design and architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,912
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

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