University of Sunderland Summer Program

Sunderland Glass School


Glass School

Our Glass School take place in the National Glass Centre one of the world's leading institutions for contemporary glass, celebrating Sunderland's unique glass making heritage. During your stay with us you will have workshops with Professor Kevin Petrie, author of Glass and Print and Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento an internationally renowned glass artist combination of image and glass. In the first week you will develop approaches to drawing, use your drawings to learn about handcrafted methods for printing on glass and create transfers for ceramic objects. This will lead on in week two to a range of activities such as exploring Photoshop methods for printing on glass, trying your hand at hotcasting and then working on kilnforming for glass makers. In the final week you will move towards your final exhibition working on digital fabrication using our waterjet and vinyl cutters. All in all, this is a full exciting programme developing new skills and your own products to take back home.

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Language of Instruction: English


ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students    


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 15 University of Sunderland credits (3-4 US credits, ultimately determined by the host institution). Assessment will be in the form of a practical project and presentation.


Students must have completed at least one year of university-level study in any discipline.


I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


Additional options are available for semester programs. See the Membership Directory for details.


July 5th through 26th 2014


May 1st, 2014




Students will be housed in single rooms in an on-campus residence hall. They will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with fellow students. Heating, electricity, bedding, and WiFi Internet access are included. Meals are not included, but fully equipped kitchens are available for students to use.



You will receive an orientation session to introduce you to the University and the City. This includes campus and City tours and an introduction to all of the services available at the University, helping you make the most of your stay.

Social Events

Included in the programme:
• a welcome meal so you can get to know your tutors and fellow students
• day trips to places such as York, Alnwick, Edinburgh and Durham
• evening activities such as a trip to the cinema, theatre or ten-pin bowling
• a farewell meal before saying goodbye to Sunderland and your new friends


Field trips are integrated as part of the programme curriculum and they are designed to provide you with ideas for your practical project. As part of your programme you will visit: Alnwick Castle, which dates from the 11th Century and also features as Hogwarts in Harry Potter; Beamish, a living museum. There may be other trips organised as part of the individual programmes, such as visits to art galleries or television studios.


The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with a growing reputation for teaching and research. The university has recently been named “The Best New University in England” for the quality, quantity, and range of its research. It has also been voted one of the top five campuses in the United Kingdom.


Sunderland is located in the Northeast of England, an area renowned for its history, culture, and beautiful countryside. It’s home to numerous abbeys, castles, stately homes, and a picture perfect coastline. With a rich and fascinating heritage, Sunderland has a superb array of places of historical interest to visit and explore. Sunderland is the location of Washington Old Hall, which is the ancestral home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Sunderland is also known as the “City by the Sea” with a compact city center offering great shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

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