This well-established and internationally renowned course based at Swansea, draws together the best traditions of hand working in glass with the latest creative technologies. Students study traditional and contemporary glass through their chosen pathways of Architectural Arts or Contemporary Practice all underpinned by the core sustainable skills in drawing, designing and making. The department has a long established reputation for glass and strong industrial links help underpin the educational experience for students. The history of the department enables a broad spectrum of approaches that draw on the historical, cultural and technological uses of this material. Glass in its many forms — mosaic, glaze, enamel and window façade — covers a broad association of surfaces which offers for the maker a rich and varied pallet. This is a hands-on course! The contemporary practice pathway is designed to allow the applied artist or designer / maker the opportunity to work with glass in a broader context offering a Fine Art, product or gallery approach as well as consideration for architectural application. The MDes option allows students to leave with a postgraduate level course on completion of the fourth year.