Course syllabus

Glass Design

IDE025, 4,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2014-04-02

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design.
Elective for: KID2, MID1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Through lectures, exercises and site visits provide a basic introduction to glass design history, the basics of glass manufacture and various techniques used in glass industry. The students will also acquire basic cold working skills that are necessary in glass design.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• Exhibit an understanding over the basic free hand blowing techniques and physics requirements of form as well as the basic chemistry, coefficients of expansion and annealing of glass.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• Present sketches of a design concept for a small glass product.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

• Be able to evaluate the design idea’s suitability for production.


The course commences with a lecture on glass design history and industry from 1900 until today. Techniques in free hand glass blowing are introduced and practised, combined with hot and cold workshops, flat lapidary and diamond saw machine as well as tool and safety instructions. Additional lectures on chemistry, coefficient of expansion and annealing will be held throughout the course. The course is structured so that after the lectures and practical demonstrations, the students are given the opportunity to practise under appropriate supervision. Professional glassblowers will manufacture one design proposal.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: The assessment is based on the documentation of the individual assignments.


The number of participants is limited to: 12
Selection: Credits remaining for the BA/MA degree in industrial design
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 6.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt,
Course homepage:
Further information: The workshop training might be expanded through visits to local glass workshops.