Glass design

Glass Design in a Swedish Context

30 hp

This course is a basic, introductory course in glass design, offered as specialisation within the field of design. The course includes two main parts; "Glass Design for private spaces" and "Glass and Light". The part "Glass design for private spaces" deals with the design of everyday objects with the user in mind. The part of the course "Glass and Light" deals with the artistic relationship between glass and light and design of the various lighting related items such as fittings. The different parts of the course consist of design projects that students carry out individually or in groups. The course provides students with an orientation in the Swedish glass tradition and contemporary Swedish glass design.

Glass can be found everywhere

You find glass in the screen on your cell phone, in the window through which you look, the glass from which you drink, the vase that holds your flowers, in the glass mosaic in the bathroom or on a public sculpture, in your glasses to be able to see, and in the solar panels generating energy!

Do you want to create the glass of the future? Do you want to study a continuation course? Are you working professionally with glass/handicraft/design/architecture or are you already studying within one of the fields above but wish to make an exchange? Or have you just recently completed your studies and are interested in a specialisation?

Do you want to take part in creating the glass design of the future in the heart of Glasriket?

In Linnaeus University's region, there is a broad knowledge of handicraft, in the heart of Sweden's traditional Glasriket. Many of Sweden's glassworks are located here. Just next doors, in our facilities at the former Pukeberg glassworks, the next generation glass-blowers are getting their education at Riksglasskolan. We collaborate with them and have access to both hot glass and cold glass workshops. The cultural heritage of glass is well-preserved in various collections in our region. In Pukeberg, one can visit Designarkivet and its extensive collection of design sketches. In Boda, one can visit "The Glass Factory" with its large glass collection and its artistic development activities. RISE (former Glafo – Swedish glass research institute) is located in Växjö and carries out cutting-edge research and develops glass innovations for the future. As a glass design student, you will get the opportunity to visit these organisations and to collaborate with the glassworks in Glasriket.

Come join us where the action happens!


Application and portfolio

The application process consists of two steps. First you need to apply to the programme online at at (in English), or (in Swedish). Then you need to submit your portfolio to Linnaeus University by our website

You find instructions for the portfolio below. 

Portfolio Guidelines, Glass Design 2017

Applicant shall submit a portfolio with:

Five (5) slides with photographs showing your own original three dimensional artistic/design work, in glass or other materials. The slides must show actual three dimensional pieces, not renderings.

2. Five (5) slides showing your own original artistic/design work in sketching/drawing/painting.

Optional: maximum three (3) slides showing art/design projects that you have initiated and implemented. (If a project is collaboration this should be stated and information shall be added about your role in the project and the names and roles of other participants.)

3. A sheet of information regarding your slides with numerical references to the slides; technique, material, year of making etc.

4. Your CV

5. A personal statement ca 500 words, describing your previous experiences of and your relation to glass design, glass as a material and glass making as craft. Your vision of your future professional life related to glass design.

Submit the assignments on our website, in PDF-formats. 

You can upload maximum 50 mb total. The portfolio shall be sent as one (1) pdf file and shall be named: lastname_firstname_glassdesignHT2017.pdf

Application procedure

The application process consists of two steps:

Step 1

Apply to the programme online at (in English), or (in Swedish). Submissions of documentation attesting your eligibility for Bachelor´s level study must be submitted here.

The following programme codes and deadlines apply:

For non EU/EEA students requiring a visa to study in Sweden:
Please submit your application to programme code LNU-F5100 by 15 January 2017.

For Swedish and other EU/EEA students not requiring a visa to study in Sweden: Please submit your application to programme code LNU-51000 by 15 April 2017.

Step 2

Submit your portfolio to Linnaeus University (LNU).

The deadlines by which portfolios must be received by LNU are:

For non EU/EEA students requiring a visa to study in Sweden: 27 January 2017.

For Swedish and other EU/EEA students not requiring a visa to study in Sweden: 28 April 2017.

Acceptance to the programme:

If you meet the eligibility criteria, your application will be accepted and evaluated on the basis of your portfolio. Evaluation of portfolios is conducted by a selection committee consisting of faculty members, external experts, and current BFA students. The portfolio is regarded as a whole and the portfolio is evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality
  • Visualization skills
  • Creative approach

The university will not disclose the reasons behind the decision to accept or reject any individual application. Approved students will be notified through or

Checklist for Application

  • I have submitted my application through or
  • I have prepared my portfolio according to the guidelines provided.
  • I have included a Letter of intent with my portfolio.
  • I have uploaded my portfolio on and made sure that all my files are included, and that I have submitted written descriptions of my uploaded files.

Do you have any Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the application or permisson related issue don´t hesitate to inquire by e-mail to Admissions Office:

If you have any questions regarding the portfolio or other questions about the programme don´t hesitate to inquire by e-mail to programme coordinatior:

More about the course

Content of the course

The course comprises two comprehensive elements; "Glass design for private spaces" and "Glass and light". Each course element contains an orientation of different aspects of the artistic conditions of glass, glass technology, and glass handicraft. The glass design course deals with Swedish glass history, the cultural history of glass, and contemporary Swedish glass design. The course offers collaborations with invited glass craftsmen in order to develop glass prototypes. The course also comprises study visits and guest lectures by people who work with glass professionally.

We strive to make sure that all our teachers are active professionals who are up-to-date within their field. We also think it is important for you as a student, and for your future working life, that we provide a picture of what it is like to be an employee or to run a business of your own. Perhaps you will establish a circle of contacts for the future already during your studies!

Art, design, handicraft and architecture

The aim of the course is to have a solid artistic basis in which all students who have studied any of the creative fields in the heading will feel at home. Our idea is that design, art, handicraft and architecture can come together in the material; GLASS.

Do you want to make an artistic glass project but use a design method in order to reach the result? As a product designer, do you want to specialise in a material and understand its characteristics in order to be able to apply this knowledge on other materials later on? Or, having architectural skills, do you want to try designing electric lighting equipment that can change the way people experience a room.

The meeting of different backgrounds can, in itself, generate a lot of knowledge between students and is also a way of developing new collaborations, and a good basis for innovations.

Sustainability and diversity

Just like society in general, a creative person has to deal with questions concerning sustainability and diversity. By highlighting and discussing pressing societal issues on a continuous basis, Linnaeus University wants to train students in an analytic and creative spirit.

The course is aimed at international students and the language of tuition is English. So far, the course has admitted many exchange students from, for instance, China, the US, South America, Germany, England, Australia, and South Africa, which contributes to exciting collaborations and discussions. We teach with Swedish glass design as a basis, combined with international perspectives.

Exhibitions and networks

During the course, the students show their projects to the trade and industry, to the media, and to the general public at exhibitions and in other contexts; earlier years in collaboration with, for instance, The Glass Factory, Kulturpark Småland and Stockholm Furniture Fair.