Swansea College of Art Glass graduate celebrates first class honours and exciting job offer


A student from UWTSD's Swansea College of Art is celebrating a double success this week: she has achieved a first-class honours degree in her BA (Hons) Glass: Architectural Arts, and a work experience placement undertaken as part of her degree has led to an exciting summer job.

Bethan Yates, 25, from Swansea, originally secured a work experience placement in Holywell Glass, a stained-glass conservation and restoration studio in Somerset, at the end of her second year.

“I had an amazing time and have been lucky enough to have been offered to go back down this summer for a couple of months to work with them again!” she says.

This is not her first venture into the world of professional stained glass: she was also pleased to win a commission to design and make a stained-glass window for a church in St Thomas, Swansea as part of her studies.

“There are also lots of opportunities within the course to work on live briefs, I was lucky enough in my first year to win this commission,” she says. “I worked alongside the architectural glass centre (AGC) to design and make the window. The AGC are the commercial side of the glass department; they’re constantly working on live commissions so it’s really beneficial to be able to pop in and see how they work with real life clients. I was even able to do site visits and meet the clients.”
Bethan is delighted to be graduating with first-class honours this week, following an enjoyable course in a supportive environment.

“I really enjoyed studying glass at UWTSD because it is a one of a kind course,” she says. “Because it’s so niche, the classes tend to be smaller and as a result everyone is very close. We all help each other out and bounce ideas off each other and it turned out to be a really creative environment to study in.
“There was so much teaching support on the course, the lecturers all had their own specialities and so we were able to cover a lot of areas of glass from traditional stained glass to more contemporary designs and processes. There was always a lecturer or technician available.”

A complex collage including different glass layers, soft watery colours, and glass beads.

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