The University is a centre of excellence in glass and ceramics, with outstanding facilities at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
Our course is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to explore creativity in glass and ceramics, even if you have no previous experience in these areas.
You will have the opportunity to specialise in either glass or ceramics, or work across both mediums. In your third year, you'll create a major body of work and have the opportunity to exhibit at the 'New Designers' exhibition in London.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. *By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Our academic team includes award-winning professionals who are at the forefront of research and innovative techniques. We host the Institute for International Research in Glass as well as the Ceramic Arts Research Centre University of Sunderland and this research enriches and enlivens the teaching providing real-world experiences for our students. We also have a large and international cohort of PhD students who bring even more current research into the department.
The course is delivered at the National Glass Centre, and we use professional-standard equipment in our workshops and studios. Open-plan working areas make it easier for you to learn from others and share knowledge on how to use the equipment.
We offer plenty of real-world opportunities including showing your work in public exhibitions, undertaking internships and working on real commissions – all of which help you build a professional track record and help you build up a network of contacts within the UK and internationally.
Meet Sarah Heseltine, a University of Sunderland tomorrow-maker studying Glass and Ceramics:
A showcase of final year student work is held annually at the National Glass Centre in June: