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Glass Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Glass - 21 Months (Full-time)
MA (eca) Glass - 1 Year (Full-time)

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Contact information
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Geoffrey Mann (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5816
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus

Glass spans a spectrum of creative languages. The programme challenges existing paradigms of practices across Art, Craft and Design, at the core of each is the materiality of glass and the exploration of new boundaries through the integrated relationship between process and theory.

The programme exists to encourage you to position yourself within and beyond the disciplines of glass. This postgraduate programme is unique within Scotland and located at one of the few centres of excellence in this discipline in the UK.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the online application form, you should also submit a portfolio that:

  • demonstrates your ambition and individual creative language
  • clearly presents your research concepts and demonstrates originality of self-initiated ideas
  • demonstrates your awareness of the contemporary glass field
  • includes evidence of your design processes, for example, images of work in process, material exploration, video of techniques, annotated sketch books, iterative design process
  • includes evidence of your professional design practice, for example, portfolio, website, professional networks, exhibitions and workshops
  • includes high-quality photographs of your completed work

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Programme description

Comprehensive college wide workshops including a state of the art digital fabrication lab and specific hot and cold glass studio facilities enable the student to experience a programme in the conception and production of glass to the highest level. We benefit from visiting professional practitioners and lecturers and you will have the opportunity to §participate in live projects and competitions.

Our curriculum is student-led, with tutorial guidance. You will negotiate and develop a programme of study based on personal areas of practice based research. The programme fosters inter-disciplinary collaborations with other departments creates an unique student experience and fresh, rich layers of learning embedded within innovative results.

Programme structure

For assessment, MA and MFA students produce a body of practical and written work on an agreed, self-initiated project.

MFA students produce an additional extended body of work.

All programmes integrate practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry and a lecture/seminar series to examine the wider context of your studies.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you will discover a range of career opportunities, from the production of individual pieces for a commission, to sales through galleries, to major public artworks.

There is also a growing variety of applications for decorated and structural glass in architecture, interior design and furniture.

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