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The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe's foremost higher education institutions for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture


Glasgow: Host, Turner Prize 2015 / Host, Commonwealth Games 2014 / Host, MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 / UNESCO City of Music / Friendliest City in the World, Rough Guides 2014 / Top 20 Best in the World Destinations, National Geographic Traveller 2016 / One of the safest cities in Europe, Mercer 2016

Festivals include: Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Celtic Connections, Tectonics, TRNSMT, Aye Write!, Glasgow Mela, Sonica, Counterflows, Glasgow Film Festival, West End Festival, Merchant City Festival, World Pipe Band Championships.

Scotland's largest city - 20% of Scotland's population live in and around the city - and one of Europe's most vibrant and cosmopolitan - Glasgow is an important creative and artistic hub with a wealth of cultural heritage to explore and inspire. A 'walkable' city, easy to navigate and famous for its friendly, hospitable people, Glasgow is rich in Victorian architecture and was home to Scotland's best known architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect of the GSA's world famous Mackintosh Building, voted Britain's Best Building in 2009.

The GSA's campuses are located in the heart of the city - home to one of the best metropolitan art galleries and museum collections in the UK and many of the national performing arts companies, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The National Theatre of Scotland.

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The GSA’s studio-based education is supported by a range of workshops and technical support based across our specialisms, which are key to the learning and teaching of our students.

Our technical and workshop facilities include 3D Making Workshop, Media Studio, Laser Cutters, High Quality Archive Print, Mould-Making and Casting Workshop, Photographic Facilities, Case Room, Printmaking Workshops, Fashion + Textiles Workshops, Silversmithing & Jewellery Workshops.

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To see The Glasgow School of Art’s unique studio environment watch the video below.

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As Scotland's largest city and with five higher education institutions, Glasgow has an excellent supply of student accommodation, wherever in the City you choose to live.

The Glasgow School of Art offers new undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to stay in one of two purpose-built halls of residence; Blythswood House, and Margaret Macdonald House. Both sites are located in the city centre, close to amenities and travel links, and within five minutes’ walk of the main GSA Garnethill campus. All our halls are secure and fully-furnished, making your move to study in Glasgow as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

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Student life

The reputation of Glasgow’s creative scene as a collision of a multitude of art forms is present in a growing number of venues playing host to a multi-disciplinary programme of events: Spaces such as The Glue Factory, The Centre for Contemporary Arts and SWG3 are one-stop destinations for exhibitions, gigs, club nights, performances and film screenings. This ethos of cultural cross- pollination has traditionally been carried on by grassroots, student-led activity; think exhibitions in flats and disused warehouses, with bands playing in one room and an art performance in the next.

A huge number of cross-venue festivals are held throughout the year – Glasgay, Merchant City Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and the bi-annual International Festival of Visual Art are mainstays of the cultural calendar. Students and young artists often have the opportunity to get involved with these events, either as programme contributors or through working behind the scenes.

Many students choose to remain in Glasgow after graduation because of the unique network of creative people, spaces and organisations in the city, and are joined by artists, designers, architects, writers and musicians from around the world who are drawn here by the quality of life and the clear sense of a creative community. Glasgow’s reputation as a cultural capital is constantly growing, and as a student at the GSA you can take part in shaping its future.

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GSA Students' Association

Over the years the venue run by GSA Student's Association (SA) – known locally as ‘The Art School’- has become an institution in its own right. The Art School is a place where art and music collide, appropriately for a city that is a hotbed for artistic and musical talent alike. Many of Glasgow’s (and Scotland’s) best known bands and DJs have their roots in The Art School, and the tradition continues today with student DJs and bands playing alongside established and touring acts in the bar and venue.

The Art School connects with the wider creative community of Glasgow by hosting some of the most innovative events in the city – themed film nights, workshops, clubs and discussions are regularly programmed alongside events that combine and transcend these descriptions.

The SA also support and develop co-curricular activities, including student societies, and supports student initiatied projects via the Project Spaces and funding. It also hosts the Student Representative Council.

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Transitions into Art School

There are myriad routes in to study at GSA. In May 2017, we spoke to students who had arrived at GSA through a variety of  these paths about how they found the transition, and about differences between reality and expectation

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Key facts & figures

  • The QS World subject rankings place GSA in the Top 20 in the world and 5th in the UK.
  • GSA's School of Fine Art has produced 5 Turner Prize winners, 25% of nominees since 2005, and virtually all the artists chosen to represent Scotland at the Venice Bienale.
  • GSA runs an International exchange programme with 75 partner institutions.
  • Students at GSA represent 80 countries.
  • The GSA has one of the highest student retention rates in the UK.
  • Design Week lists the GSA in its Hot 50 as leaders in design education in the UK.

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Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

tel: +44(0)141 353 4500

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Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

tel: +44(0)141 353 4500

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