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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


Host, Commonwealth Games 2014 / Host, MOBO Awards 2013 and 2015/European City of the Year, Academy of Urbanism 2010 /City of Architecture & Design 1999 / UNESCO City of Music / City of Culture 1990 / Top 10 cities in the world to visit, Lonely Planet 2012 / European Capital of Rock, Time Magazine / Top City to Visit 2012, New York Times

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 in Fine Art, Design, Architecture and in Digital technology which are key to the learning and teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate students. More information is available from

To see The Glasgow School of Art’s unique studio environmen 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 GSA has two on campus halls of residence called Margaret Macdonald House and Old School House. These accommodations are located within a couple of minutes walk of the Mackintosh Building and the rest of the GSA Garnethill Campus and is within easy reach of all city centre amenities. Both of these sites operate as a hall of residence from September to June each year and then during the summer months of July, August and September we are registered with the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board and many types of people use the accommodation on short visits to Glasgow.

In addition to the above GSA subleases residential accommodation at Victoria Hall. The housing is located close to Caledonian University Campus and is within easy reach of the city centre and GSA Campus. 

For more information on Halls of Residence, and on renting private accommodation visit

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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, with new additions such as Buzzcut performance festival emerging every year. 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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The Student Union

Over the years the GSA union – 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.

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What our students say

View the videos below to hear what some of our students have to say.

More student Case Studies can be viewed on our Vimeo page.

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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 54 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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G3 6RQ

tel: +44(0)141 353 4500

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