Create something that is as meaningful as it is beautiful through the study of Glass. If you are passionate about working with your hands and have a desire to express yourself through glass and glassblowing, look no further than UArts. As part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft + Material Studies program, our Glass concentration allows you to engage with the ideas and concepts that drive your art through technical instruction from accomplished artists. Your in-studio instruction will be hands-on, yet rooted in investigation of meaning and content.

Topics covered include the use of color in glass, two and three-dimensional surface treatment, the relationship between volume and skin of forms, blowing into molds and working in a variety of scales. Projects provide you with broad exposure to the many possibilities inherent in the medium.

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You'll work with glassblowing furnaces and hammers, but you'll also have hands-on access to all the culture and resources the vibrant city of Philadelphia has to offer. While studying Glass at UArts, you'll learn to produce a range of pieces, from blown glass to glass art to installation and experimental/new genres. You'll have the opportunity to control of all aspects of making, from initial design to final finished piece.


The University of the Arts' Glass faculty are all accomplished working artists whose pieces have been shown in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian and other museums around the world. As teachers and mentors, their guidance can help propel you to create extraordinary objects and express your creative voice.

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    Judith Schaechter headshot, glasses, white shirt, necklace, patterned back wall
    Judith Schaechter

    Work in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
    David King in glass studio
    David King

    Juror's Choice winner in Irvin Borowsky International Glass Prize competition
    Carmichael Jones headshot
    Carmichael Jones

    Creative co-director of The Whole Shebang arts and performance space in South Philly
    by Andrew Clark
    by Erin Murdock
    by Meghan Ayers
    by Joy Dilworth
    by Ellen Sherry
    by Shawn McCollum
    by Shawn McCollum
    Still from "Remember" by Erin Murdock
    by Georgio Karisa
    by Amelia Louden Dodd

    Sample Courses in the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Glass

    First Year
    Drawing: Objects & Space
    Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
    Found & Fabricated

    Second Year
    3D Computer Modeling
    Studio Practice
    Discipline Fundamentals
    Glass: Material, Meaning and Metaphor
    Glass Blowing Exploration Projects
    Stained Glass Exploration

    Third Year
    Junior Projects/Discourse
    Glass Junior Studio I
    Glass Junior Studio II
    Glass Junior Projects

    Fourth Year
    Glass Senior Thesis I
    Glass Senior Thesis II
    Glass Senior Studio
    Craft Senior Projects

    About the Curriculum

    At the heart of the curriculum of the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration Glass is the notion of thinking through making.  Glass students are passionate about working with their hands and about discussing the ideas and concepts underlying their art. Glass students learn to express themselves through material and process. A student who pursues Craft and Material Studies will work closely with an advisor to determine the curricular path that best matches their artistic goals.  

    Students who complete the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Glass will:

    • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary craft practice.
    • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as artists, entrepreneurs, designers for industry and productive citizens.
    • Be able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently and with considerable insight.
    • Acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals. They establish a work practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

    To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Crafts + Material Studies, with a concentration in Glass, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

    • 40.5 credits in the Fine Arts Major
    • 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
    • 6 credits in School of Art Core
    • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
    • 12 credits in Art History
    • 30 credits in the Liberal Arts
    • 15 credits in Free Electives

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    Glass artist Dan Dailey with four colorful glass sculptures of people
    Daniel Dailey

    BFA '69

    One of the most important glass artists today, represented in over 45 museum collections

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