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Art Glass Design HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Faculty of Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

27th Aug 2018, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The HND Art Glass Design course is for you if you want to follow a career in art glass design and production. This course offers you a broad education with a balance between creative, practical and core skills.  

You’ll work in two and three dimensions, learning contemporary warm glass techniques like slumping and fusing and traditional skills like copper foil and lead work, as well as more advanced glass surface applications.

Previous students have gone on to become glass technicians, self-employed glass artists or used their skills within a larger design studio; designing and manufacturing stained glass panels, household items and jewellery. Visit the Contemporary Glass Society for more useful resources.

If you want a recognised art glass industry qualification: This course offers the only HND certified glass work course in Scotland!

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This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Higher Art and Design at Grade C or above AND two National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above; OR
  • NC/NQ in an Art and Design subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.


Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Painting and Firing Glass.
  • Leaded Glass Work.
  • Sand Blasted Glass Work.
  • Glass Fusing Techniques.
  • Glass Slumping Techniques.
  • Glue Chipping of Glass and Bead Making.

After the course


The HND course may lead to a job in the art glass industry or self-employment.

Continuing Study

Students who complete their HND may progress to:

  • Year one or two of BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics at the Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Year one or two of BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics at Sunderland University.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome