The glass minor provides students with an opportunity to diversify their voice and vision through an extensive experience in all glass working processes supported by the glass studios in the College of Art and Design. Aside from developing a breadth of technical understanding in working with glass, the minor culminates in a portfolio of work demonstrating a diversified approach to glass making and glass thinking. Completing the glass minor will further amplify students' creative potential and supplement each student’s overall education at RIT.
Notes about this minor:
This minor is closed to students majoring in studio arts who have chosen the glass option.
Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
The plan code for Glass Minor is GLASS-MN.
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This open elective course will introduce students to the glass studio and to glass as a creative material. The content of the course will focus on introductory tools, techniques, and experimentation. The students will learn basic skills and safety procedures for the Hot Shop, Flame Shop, Kiln Shop, and the Cold Shop. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information.** (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to students with 1st or 2nd year standing.) Studio 5 (Fall Or Spring).
Choose four of the following:
Molten Glass Practice*
This course will introduce students to basic glass working processes in the hot glass studio. Solid and blown techniques are introduced as ways to activate ideas through molten glass. Students will learn introductory processes of finishing and further manipulating annealed glass in the cold shop. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills through assigned projects motivated by current themes in contemporary art. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** Studio 6 (Fall).
Mold and Kiln Glass Practice*
This course will introduce students to basic mold making and glass working processes in the kiln studio. Fusing, slumping, and casting techniques will be covered as ways to activate ideas through kiln-formed glass. In addition, basic processes of finishing glass in the cold shop will also be introduced. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these skills within self-directed projects motivated by prompted themes found within contemporary art. There is a required out-of-class work time in glass studio at a minimum of 6-9 hours per week. **Fee: A materials fee is required for this course and an additional course fee will be applied via student account** Studio 6 (Fall).
Hot Phenomena Glass Practice
This hot glass course will allow students to discover and/or rediscover fundamental solid and blown techniques through a fresh lens of instruction and ideas. The cold shop will be an additional studio where students will learn to use the equipment to further their projects. Contemporary themes surrounding material experimentation, problem-solving and making a mess will be the springboards for prompted assignments. **Fee: A course fee applied via student account. ** Studio 6 (Spring).
Kinetic Glass Practice*
This course will introduce students to basic flame working processes. Solid working techniques with borosilicate glass will be covered as ways to activate ideas about making glass move. Basic processes of finishing and further manipulating annealed glass in the cold shop will also be introduced. Students will build technical understanding and material comprehension in the application of these processes. Students will develop projects motivated by themes regarding mechanics, the experimental, and absurdity. ** Fee: A course fee applied via student account** Studio 6 (Spring).
This course will introduce the beginner to the glass studio and to glass as a creative material. ** Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course** (This course is available to RIT degree-seeking undergraduate students.) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
* CGLS-206, CGLS-211, CGLS-307, and CGLS-312 are repeatable for credit, and can be used towards fulfilling the Minor.