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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 will 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.



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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, Urbanishm + the Public Scphere; Design Innovation; Digital Visualisation; Education in Art and design; Fine Art + Curating; Health + Wellbeing; Material Culture; and Sustainability.

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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 courses. 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 55 countries, ranging from Australia to Zimbabwe. Each year we welcome more than 80 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.

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

More information on international students, including our downloadable International handbook, click 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 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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Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

tel: +44(0)141 353 4500

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