Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass

Glass

Sharyn O'Mara, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building
Room 120
215-777-9211
somara@temple.edu

The glass program combines a contemporary art context with coursework that emphasizes the history, chemistry, and technical aspects of glass production. In addition to learning glass blowing, glass fabrication, glass fusing, glass casting, and kiln work, students are responsible for running the hot and cold studios, and for learning to build the tools they need to articulate their concepts in glass and other media.

The program also emphasizes the development of a closely-knit artistic community. Having a cohesive group of students is a valued goal, and genuine teamwork is required to make work and run the studios. Tyler also prepares students by making sure they are part of 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.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Glass may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Glass majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

  • Students must earn a C- or better in CRFT 2258 and CRFT 2261 to enter the Glass major.
  • The eight required Junior/Senior studio courses and CRFT 4496 (capstone) must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

The faculty encourages taking Glass courses in excess of the minimum required. These additional courses count towards required studio electives.

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Glass

Sophomore Requirements
CRFT 2258Introduction to Glass3
CRFT 2261Intermediate Glass3
Junior Requirements
CRFT 3243Advanced Glass Seminar3
CRFT 3244Advanced Glass, Topic: Visiting Artist Series3
Select one of the following Cold Glass courses:3
Glass Construction, Topic: Kiln Working
Glass Construction, Topic: Cold Glass
Select one of the following Hot Glass courses:3
Hot Glass, Topic: Blowing
Hot Glass Casting
Senior Requirements
CRFT 4252Advanced Glass Seminar3
CRFT 4244Advanced Glass Seminar: Visiting Artist Series3
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts (Capstone, spring only)3
Select one of the following Cold Glass courses:3
Glass Construction, Topic: Kiln Working
Glass Construction, Topic: Cold Glass
Select one of the following Hot Glass courses:3
Hot Glass Blowing
Hot Glass Casting

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CRFT 2258Introduction to Glass3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 2261Intermediate Glass3
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CRFT 3243Advanced Glass Seminar3
Select one of the following:23
Hot Glass, Topic: Blowing 
Hot Glass Casting 
Glass Construction, Topic: Kiln Working 
Glass Construction, Topic: Cold Glass 
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective34
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CRFT 3244Advanced Glass, Topic: Visiting Artist Series3
Select one of the following not previously taken:23
Hot Glass, Topic: Blowing 
Hot Glass Casting 
Glass Construction, Topic: Kiln Working 
Glass Construction, Topic: Cold Glass 
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective [WI]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CRFT 4252Advanced Glass Seminar3
Select one of the following:43
Glass Construction, Topic: Kiln Working 
Glass Construction, Topic: Cold Glass 
Hot Glass Blowing 
Hot Glass Casting 
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CRFT 4244Advanced Glass Seminar: Visiting Artist Series3
Select one of the following not previously taken:43
Glass Construction, Topic: Kiln Working 
Glass Construction, Topic: Cold Glass 
Hot Glass Blowing 
Hot Glass Casting 
CRFT 4496Business Practices in Crafts [WI] (Capstone)3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective33
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.

2

Students need one Hot Glass course (CRFT 3231 or CRFT 3242) and one Cold Construction course (CRFT 3237 or CRFT 3238) at the Junior level.  

3

Students completing a 3 credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4 credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

4

Students need one Hot Glass course (CRFT 4241 or CRFT 4242) and one Cold Construction course (CRFT 4237 or CRFT 4238) at the Senior level. 

Please Note: An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. Glass majors interested in studying abroad should consult with an academic advisor to determine if a semester (generally spring semester of second year) or a summer program would be the best option to remain on track for graduation.