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BFAGlass

Transform your ideas through glassmaking and join an ambitious community focused on craft and fine arts.

Overview

Explore an expansive studio discipline

You’ll learn to develop a unique creative practice that draws from traditional crafts, technical skills in glassmaking, and advanced digital tools. Known for our collaborative, experimental culture, we encourage you to work across disciplines. From ceramics to industrial design, you’ll learn to use material as a mode of expression and investigation.

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Immerse yourself in Bay Area craft

Our program has deep ties to the Studio Craft movement of the 1960s, when everyday people and artisans began creating objects by hand in their own homes and studios. They improved upon the materials and methods of the past while owning every step of the creative process. This spirit of craftsmanship is still thriving in the Bay Area, where you’ll draw inspiration from alternative art spaces and design studios that actively uproot conventions.

Studios + Shops

Find strength and beauty in glass

The Glass program’s range of facilities include cold and hot shops, a kiln room, and our main studio space for project work and group critiques. With the mentorship of talented faculty, You’ll learn the technical skills you need to bring your ideas to life:

  • Blow and ladle-cast hot glass
  • Make plaster and silicone molds
  • Sculpt cold glass by grinding, cutting, sandblasting, and more
  • Draw with colored glass
  • Permanently transfer images to glass surfaces
  • Shape glass through the many kilnforming methods
  • Sketch and make product models using CAD software

Our rigorous studio work opens your eyes to the possibilities beyond traditional glassblowing. You can create a production run of glass objects. You can explore the performative aspects of glass throughout contemporary culture. At every turn, we ask you to research, experiment wildly, and challenge your understanding of the glass medium.

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Shape a cohesive body of work

With a strong foundation in art history, critical theory, and the contemporary dialogue around arts and crafts, you’ll enter your final year of coursework ready to create an exemplary thesis project. You’ll be guided by faculty and peer critique as you focus your glass art on a single concept or narrative. CCA’s annual Commencement Exhibition is your chance to present and exhibit your achievements.

Build your artist’s toolkit

  • Learn glassblowing and casting
  • Practice flameworking
  • Join glass pieces together through fusing
  • Work a kiln to fuse and create colored glass
  • Explore production and fabrication processes
  • Practice critique in a professional setting
  • Collaborate with ceramicists, designers, and sculptors
  • Tailor studio electives to your particular interests
  • Learn to install, exhibit, and visually record artwork
  • Visit Bay Area art and design studios
  • Refine a body of work for your senior thesis

Faculty

Learn from multidisciplinary artists

Our nationally recognized faculty are experts in multiple disciplines, including furniture, glass art, industrial design, mixed media, and sculpture. They make objects and large-scale public art, renew ancient techniques for contemporary objects, and develop brand identities for industrial products. As you experiment with different materials and processes, you’ll work closely with a faculty mentor to discover and develop your artistic voice.

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Nathan Lynch, Chair of Glass

Chair Nathan Lynch is a ceramicist, sculptor, and performance artist. While his work operates at the intersection of several disciplines, clay has been his primary material for a number of years. Lynch is interested in the ways glass can articulate important ideas by pushing beyond the medium’s traditional boundaries. He encourages students to think of themselves as artist-citizens who can positively impact environmental, political, and social spheres.

Curriculum

We think with our hands

Every undergraduate student participates in the First Year Core program, an opportunity to explore a wide range of materials and tools. Faculty from many different disciplines guide studio projects, group critiques, and discussions on foundational theory to help set students up for success.

BFA Glass

Core Studio

Drawing 1, 2D, 3D, 4D
12 units

Glass Major Requirements

Intro to Glass and Blowing
3 units
Glass Studio
6 units
Coldworking
3 units
Glass Casting
3 units
Craft Workshop
3 units
Digital Tools: 3D
3 units
Advanced Glass Studio
9 units
Senior Project: Glass
6 units

Additional Studio Requirements

Interdisciplinary Critique
3 units
Interdisciplinary Studio
3 units
Diversity Studies Studio
3 units
Studio Electives
15 units

Humanities + Sciences Requirements

Writing 1
3 units
Writing 2
3 units
Introduction to the Arts: Antiquity to Early Modern
3 units
Introduction to the Modern Arts
3 units
Foundation in Critical Studies
3 units
Media History: 3D Area - Select from Craft Theory, Ceramics, Sculpture, or Textiles
3 units
Literary and Performing Arts Studies (200 level)
3 units
Philosophy and Critical Theory (200 level)
3 units
Social Science/History (200 level)
3 units
Science/Math (200 level)
3 units
Visual Studies (200 level)
3 units
Humanities and Sciences (300 level)
9 units
Diversity Studies Seminar
3 units
Humanities and Sciences Electives (200 or 300 level)
3 units

Total 120 units

Careers

Enter the field of visual production

Our students graduate as nimble collaborators and interdisciplinary artists. Whether they choose to work with glass, steel, wood, enamel, or charcoal, they challenge the ways we think and build. Many continue their studies in MFA programs or contribute to the Bay Area crafts community by establishing artist collectives and glass studios.

Potential career paths

  • Independent glass artist
  • Production fabricator
  • Public artist
  • Gallery owner
  • Design studio owner
  • Educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Social activist

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How to Apply

Practice your craft within a fine arts context

Our students are often curious about many different studio disciplines, from architecture and industrial design to sculpture and decorative art. They thrive in our program because we give them the freedom to explore their interests and open their eyes to the possibilities beyond traditional glassblowing.

Find your creative community at CCA

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