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Advanced study program: Glass Design

Advanced study program - Venice

Glass is a material with great expressive potential and many technical constraints. Its manufacturing and production are connected to an ancient art and to iconic places, as the Murano glass district shows. 

Building a bridge between the new generation of Designers and the traditional glass production is what is new in Glass Design Advanced course promoted by IED Venezia in collaboration with important institutions and companies operating in the sector. Its aim is to train professionals able to supports glass companies in rethinking their images and/or repositioning their brands.

International lecturers, case studies, direct experience in the glass factories represent the asset of this course which classes are oriented to offer to students a multiple view and awareness of the glass world and its connections with design and craftsmanship.

Career opportunities - Glass Designer, Creative Director, Glass Artist.

  • Start date: November
  • Duration: 3 Months
  • Attendance: full-time
  • Language: English


Target - Graduates and Designers in their early career interested in deepening the knowledge of glass material and of its use for designing new objects and product lines.

Methodology and structure - The programme provides a general overview of the multiplicity of techniques used in the creation of objects and glass products.  From the methodological point of view, the course refers to the principle of learning by doing composed by the three phases of observation, understanding and experience.
Divided into 4 modules, the first part of the course schedules visits to museums, furnaces and glass companies, so to introduce students to what is and what means working with glass.  In theoretical lessons in class, they study the history, evolution and production processes related to glass itself. In the last part, however, attention is focused on the practice and each student, helped by a mentor Designer with a longstanding experience in designing for glass production, will develop its personal design projects to realise in prototype in one of the partners’ glass factory.

Study Plan

  • Glass Studio and Museums Visits
  • History of Glass
  • Science and Technology of Glass
  • Design Applied to Glass
  • Museography of Glass
  • Collecting and Market
  • Art and Glass
  • Case Studies
  • Development of Design Concepts and Projects
  • Practice/Direct Experience


Luca Berta – Course Coordinator
PhD, is the Author of scientific papers on international journals and several books about art, aesthetics and philosophy of mind. He has taught Phenomenology of Contemporary Art at the IUSVE University in Venice and in 2013 he has been assistant curator of Glasstress. White Light/White Heat, a Collateral Event of the 55th Biennale di Venezia, dedicated to contemporary art in glass.
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