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Glass Fusion - Workshop - Festive Decorations

Course code: QSAV600P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

09:30 - 13:30

Days of week:


Course date:

2nd Nov 2024 - 2nd Nov 2024

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

Enjoy creating your very own unique glass decorations in this seasonal workshop. This is an opportunity to experiment with glass fusing techniques. You will be introduced to different glass materials: frits, stringers, confetti and how they are used, as well as the results when fused and melted.

You will have the opportunity to create Christmas tree hanging decorations, small glass fused gift tags, stocking fillers, T-light holders or Christmas scene coasters. There are many possibilities and, whether you are new to glass or have experience of fusing, there will be lots to inspire you, with beautiful results.

Bring suitable resources as inspiration and have fun experimenting and creating your own festive designs. Your Christmas decorations will be taken away and fired in a glass kiln and then returned to the venue for collection.

During this workshop, you will learn how to cut glass using a strip cutter as well as cutting freehand.

You will familiarise yourself with the different glass materials we will be using and how to assemble it.

The correct use of hand tools and equipment will be explained and demonstrated.

You will also learn how to use a glass grinder.

Melting glass stringers over a candle flame will be demonstrated and fusing techniques will be explained.

Health and Safety will be covered.

All materials, tools and equipment will be supplied by the tutor (an additional cost applies).

A firing service will be made available by the tutor.

Learners can bring resources and images for ideas.

To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2 ½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information 2 weeks prior to the start date.

Facilities at Abingdon campus:

Vending machines and Costa coffee shop

Watercoolers available, making it easy to refill your water bottle.

Free parking

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
Learners might wish to sign up for further glass fusing workshops offered by Abingdon and Witney College at different venues, e.g. Cheney School in Oxford.
Entry criteria
No previous experience of glass fusing is needed for this course and projects can be adapted to suit a range of abilities, including beginners.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
A materials fee of £35 applies.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £38.40

Exam Fee: £0.00

Materials: £35.00

Total Cost: £73.40

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £19.20

Exam Fee: £0.00

Materials: £35.00

Total Cost: £54.20

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
This course is a practical and hands-on course. Learning methods will include demonstration and application.

One to one support and guidance will be given, where needed. Visual resources will be available to explain the outcome and to develop ideas.

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.