The glass program at the School of Art is a reflection of glassmaking practices throughout history, including both traditional and contemporary achievements. The relatively recent studio glass movement (since the 1960s) has transformed our understanding of glassmaking from primarily a craft to a valid and lively branch of contemporary art. The glass program explores both paradigms, tracing the story of glass over thousands of years. The program aims not only to illuminate the legacy of past artists, but to foster artists who will be on the forefront of redefining studio glassmaking into the future.
In addition to the fundamentals in glassblowing classes, students learn various methods of glass casting, slumping, fusing, flame-working, enameling and assembly, resulting in a rich technical fluency. Meanwhile, students are also challenged to think critically about which techniques are best able to communicate their own artistic ideas.
Students explore glass as both a material and an idea, pushing the boundaries of glassblowing within the broader context of contemporary art. Both interdisciplinary and mixed media approaches are actively encouraged. Serious student-artists with a proclivity for creative thinking will find the glass program congenial to their vision.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Glass offers students a more generalized course of study and the opportunity to pursue a minor. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in glass is a pre-professional degree intended to prepare students for graduate study.
In the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees students are encouraged to develop a sound knowledge of concepts and techniques in the discipline and strong drawing skills. The curriculum is based on the belief that successful creative work results from spending time with one’s ideas and receiving constructive and supportive criticism from faculty and peers. We endeavor to create an atmosphere where students pursue ideas and engage in an extended scholarly dialogue. A major determinant of the success of this program resides in the healthy interaction of students and faculty. Applicants are accepted into the program based on the quality of the work presented in their portfolio, a demonstrated commitment to artistry and an interest and understanding of glass as expressive form.