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The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. The GSA offers undergraduate and graduate level programmes across architecture, design, fine art, innovation and simulation and visualisation.

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School of Fine Art

The GSA’s School of Fine Art prepares students for working as artists in the contemporary world. The school comprises the three departments of Painting and Printmaking, Fine Art Photography and Sculpture and Environmental Art, reflecting the breadth of artistic activity in the Glasgow art scene and internationally. Each department aims to enable students to develop their own individual practice through engagement with materials and ideas. The School of Fine Art is renowned, having produced some of the most innovative and highly regarded artists in the world: alumni of the Fine Art department include Jenny Saville, Alasdair Gray and Turner Prize winners Karla Black, Douglas Gordon and Martin Boyce.

School of Design

The School of Design is committed to the development of design education, practice and research, and has been acknowledged by Design Week as a leader in the field. Design at the GSA covers a wide spectrum of activity, comprising the departments of Silversmithing + Jewellery, Product Design, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles, Communication Design and Product Design Engineering. The departments are bound together by a common goal - to enable students to achieve excellence in their chosen field. Each programme employs a variety of learning methods, including lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops and critical reviews that fully engage with the different subject areas.. Students of design graduate ready for industry or further study; some go on to specialised graduate study, others choose to develop their career in the creative industries, with many setting up their own businesses or working for major international companies.

Mackintosh School of Architecture

The approach of the Mackintosh School of Architecture is fundamentally simple – investment in and passion for how buildings and places are made and used. This is reflected in the School’s reputation - for aesthetically and intellectually rigorous architecture set in a social and urban context. The Mackintosh School of Architecture has always been a hotbed of progressive thought and has been part of the GSA since the middle of the 19th century.

The Mac’s ever- growing network of leading international visiting professors, lecturers and guest teachers provides a vibrant complement to its academic staff, many of whom are practising architects, such as the Stirling prize-shortlisted Charlie Sutherland and Charlie Hussey.

Innovation School 

Design Innovation addresses complex challenges through new design practices and bespoke community engagement.

We seek to create and design preferable ways of living: futures that will lead to collective wellbeing and sustainable growth for Scotland. The development and expression of collaborative creativity is our core research domain and expertise.

Because the challenges we address are complex we need to engage with a broad community of people to find the innovative solutions that School of Designwill allow them to flourish. We form creative collectives of people from a diverse knowledge base: experts and businesses as well as members of the public. Only by bringing these different groups together can we start to create scenarios of how the future might look.

And while Design Innovation means innovation through design, it also means innovation of design. The discipline is evolving; we constantly reinvent our methods through our research, ensuring that our work remains relevant and appropriate.

School of Simulation and Visualisation

The School of Simulation and Visualisation (SimVis) is an undergraduate and postgraduate research and commercial centre of The Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

 Undergraduate Programmes

Two specialist pathways of our new programme, BSc Immersive Systems Design, start in September 2018. 

Also starting in September 2018, 

This programme is a two year BDes (Hons) degree programme. Applications to this programme are welcomed from students entering directly into year 3, with articulation from HND programmes at college, or from mature students with relevant experience. 

 Postgraduate Programmes

SimVis offers four distinct taught postgraduate programmes and pathways:

SimVis is also home to a growing PhD community.


The School of Simulation and Visualisation's research activities revolve around 3D visualisation, 3D sound, speech recognition, haptics (touch), gesture-based interaction and camera-based tracking to explore the potential of multi-sensory participation in the fields of architecture, automotive industry, defence, education, environment, games and entertainment, heritage, medicine and ship design.

You can browse some of our current and past research projects here.


The School of Simulation and Visualisation has a large portfolio of projects with business and industry in Scotland, the UK and Europe, centred on expertise in real-time 3D visualisation, 3D sound, modelling, motion capture and animation. In particular, SimVis has built a reputation for world leading work in 3D visualisation for heritage, as well as for our work in flagship projects such as the visitor experience for the Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre. Beyond heritage, SimVis works on a wide range of motion and 3D data capture and visualisation projects for commercial and industrial clients. 

The School of Simulation and Visualisation sound dubbing studios are regularly used for network television and film productions, as well as in the school's own visualisation projects. 

 School of Simulation and Visualisation at Pacific Quay

Since its inception, the School of Simulation and Visualisation has grown rapidly and in summer 2009 relocated to new, dedicated premises at Pacific Quay (already home to the Glasgow Science Centre, BBC Scotland and the Scottish Media Group). The facilities include one of Europe's largest laboratory spaces for virtual reality, immersive stereo visualization and high resolution display facilities. Laboratory space at also includes a high specification visualization and auralisation laboratory (Soundlab) run as a joint venture between ARUP Acoustics and SimVis




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Fees & entry requirements

Fees and finances

Details of programme fees for undergraduate Scottish, EU, RUK and international students are available from our website at,-funding-finance/.

How to apply

How to apply to our programmes varies from subject to subject. Please visit for full details, including portfolio samples and a guide to our online application process.

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The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. The GSA offers undergraduate and graduate level programmes across architecture, design, fine art, innovation and simulation and visualisation.

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Our research programme brings to life the very latest in creative thinking, with MPhil and PhD students supervised by staff who are themselves active practitioners and theorists, and internationally recognised researchers. In recent years the graduate community has grown considerably, reflecting our success in research across our research themes: Architecture, Urbanism + the Public Sphere; Design Innovation; Digital Visualisation; Education in Art and Design; Fine Art + Curating; Health + Wellbeing; Material Culture; and Sustainability.

The Glasgow School of Art has a distinctive specialist, practice-based research culture which is widely recognised internationally. The generation of new knowledge and understanding through creative practice, scholarship and criticism in Fine Art, Design, Craft, Architecture and related fields is central to the concept of research.

We offer opportunities for part-time and full-time programmes of research and welcome applications for either mode.

Visit RADAR the GSA research repository, to discover a digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by GSA staff and postgraduate students.

 For more information, click here to visit the research section of our website.


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International Students

As one of the leading Art Schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its programmes. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued.

International students at the School come from over 79 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Each year we welcome more than 90 students from our exchange and Study Abroad partners, who each, in their turn, further contribute to the international dimension of the learning experience at the School.

As a relatively small institution, and one that is very focused, we are a creative community, situated in the centre of the city of Glasgow. Students are encouraged to engage with Glasgow which becomes more than just the city in which to live. It becomes a source of both inspiration and research. Glasgow is home to over 80,000 students at its 5 institutions of higher education. International students will find Glaswegians friendly, and the city is renowned for offering a warm welcome.

Specific Country Guides for applicants and Guides for Parents from outside the EU are available here.

More information for international students, including our downloadable International handbook, is available here.

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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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167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

tel: +44(0)141 353 4500

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