Stained Glass Degree and Training Program Information

Get information about degree and training programs for students who want to learn to make stained glass. See examples of course topics and view career options for graduates. Check the employment outlook and salary statistics for those in related professions.

View 3 Popular Schools »

Essential Information

While there are no degree programs available specifically in stained glass, some community colleges offer classes in stained glass as part of fine arts associate's degree programs. Students learn the fundamentals of stained and leaded glass design in hands-on environments. They might also gain proficiency in restoring stained glass creations.

Other training options are available at a range of skill levels from private facilities or through the continuing education departments of community colleges. Students may participate in the workshops offered by these facilities, wherein they learn glass fusing techniques as well as dis-assembly methods. Apprenticeship programs in stained glass may also be available, which could last up to four years. Apprentices may also need to be simultaneously enrolled in a formal education program.


Associate's Degree in Fine Arts

Stained glass classes can be found in different types of associate's degree programs. Some are in fine arts while others are a part of historic preservation programs. While the degree programs lead students down different career paths, classes at associate's levels all teach the basics in the art of creating stained glass. Community colleges offer the majority of these classes. Applicants to these associate's degree programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Coursework

Classes in fine arts programs include hands-on instruction and projects, while those found in restoration programs tend to be lecture-based. Not all courses are for credit. Subjects covered include:

  • American stained glass history
  • Stained glass design
  • Technology of stained glass
  • Leaded stained glass
  • Stained glass restoration techniques

Popular Career Options

Graduates of a stained glass education program have a wide variety of career options. With further education or specialization training, students may go on to become:

  • Art teachers
  • Custom art window designers
  • Stained glass window restorers

Training in Stained Glass

Many commercial stained glass studios offer non-credit classes. Depending on the studio, classes are offered as single and multiple day workshops or as programs lasting several weeks. Classes are available for skill levels ranging from introductory to intermediate. Some of the studios teach specialized subjects, such as frit layering, large copper foil projects, kaleidoscopes, glass fusing and Tiffany glass art.

There are also apprenticeship programs available for hands-on training in stained glass art. Program durations run from one month to four years. Most programs take place in professional studios, but some are available through specialized art training facilities. Some of the programs require the student to be currently enrolled in school and offer educational credit for work. There are also international study apprenticeships available that encourage English speaking students to apply.

Program Coursework

Training programs are available at all skill levels and some programs tailor studies to coincide with a student's specific interests. Some of the training includes work in:

  • Modern and ancient techniques
  • Enamels, grisaille and matting
  • Studies in architectural stained glass
  • Making replacement glass for restorations
  • Dis-assembly and reinsertion of panels
  • Historic data and image recording
  • Business management for artisans

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Although there is no specific data available for stained glass artisans or restorers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers information for craft artists in general (www.bls.gov). This agency predicted a 3% increase in employment opportunities for craft artists between 2012 and 2022, which is notably slower than the national average of 11% for all job sectors. For salaried craft artists, the BLS reported an average wage of $36,600, as of May 2013. Most craft artists work independently so actual figures may be slightly different.

Show me popular schools

Related to Stained Glass Degree and Training Program Information

  • Related
  • Recently Updated
  • Popular
Overview of Glass Painting Courses and Workshops

The art of glass painting goes back to practices used to create medieval stained glass. The process involves using a number of...

Arts and Communications Careers: Job Options and Requirements

Arts and communications careers are for people who enjoy expressing themselves through design, literature or language. There...

How to Work in the Arts Without Starving

The myth of the starving artist is seen as anything from a noble pursuit to a punchline. But if stability matters to you - and...

How Materials for the Arts Helps Teachers

As budgets get tighter and tighter, some teachers are seeking creative ways to get badly needed supplies. In New York City,...

Tuesday Talks: Chat With the White House About the Arts

Popular Schools

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    • Currently not accepting applications from Texas residents
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Which subject are you interested in?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    • Non-Degree
        • Advanced Multimedia Development Certificate
        • Multimedia Development Certificate

    Do you prefer online or campus based learning?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must live within close proximity to school locations
    • Must be graduated from high school by 2011
    School locations:
    • Online Learning
    • Florida (1 campus)
    • Texas (1)
    • Washington (1)

    Online and Classroom-Based Programs

    What is your highest level of education?

Other Schools:

  • School locations:
    • California (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
  • School locations:
    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
        • Art History
      • Musical Arts
  • School locations:
    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art History
      • Musical Arts
      • Photography, Film, and Video
  • School locations:
    • Rhode Island (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Brown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art
        • Art History
      • Musical Arts
  • School locations:
    • North Carolina (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Duke University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art History
      • Musical Arts
  • School locations:
    • Indiana (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Notre Dame include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Design and Applied Arts
      • Drama and Theatre Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art History
      • Musical Arts
  • School locations:
    • Columbia (D.C.) (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Georgetown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      • Fine Arts and Studio Art
        • Art

Popular Schools

Avg. Wages For Related Jobs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics