Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass
Combine contemporary art context with coursework that emphasizes the history, chemistry and technical aspects of working with glass in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. The 126-credit bachelor's program contains a curriculum that integrates studio practices in hot glass and cold construction and the study of issues in contemporary art, critical theory and the artist’s place in the 21st century with a hands-on approach to materiality and matter. In addition to learning glassblowing, glass casting and kiln work, students are responsible for helping to run the hot and cold studios, and for learning to build the tools they need to articulate their concepts in glass and other media.
The Glass bachelor's program emphasizes the development of a close-knit artistic community, essential to the collaborative nature of glass blowing and other glass processes. Having a cohesive group of students is a valued goal, and genuine teamwork is required to make work and run the studios. Students play an essential role in overseeing the studios—a significant responsibility and a real-time opportunity to experience what a practicing artist’s career is like. Glass majors leave Tyler fully prepared to take on their careers.
Tyler also exposes students to the greater glass community. Through membership in a variety of professional associations, faculty members bring visiting artists, workshops and guest lecturers to campus. Students tour Philadelphia studios and explore the city’s wealth of cultural institutions. Internships, scholarship opportunities for summer study and a study abroad program round out the curriculum.