The Glasgow School Of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is one of Britain's foremost higher education institutions for the study and advancement of art, design and architecture and today, our distinctive, specialist, practice-based, education is internationally recognised as a creative hothouse, drawing talented individuals from all over the world with a passion and concern for visual culture.

Founded in 1845, the GSA is one of the few remaining independent art schools in the UK and has occupied its present site in the centre of Glasgow since 1899. Glasgow is a vibrant cosmopolitan European city, home to one of Europe's most dynamic artistic communities and one the largest creative communities in the UK.

At the heart of the GSA campus is the Mackintosh Building, described by Sir Christopher Frayling, Rector of the Royal College of Art, London, as ". ..the only art school in the world where the building is worthy of the subject... this is a work of art in which to make works of art".

The GSA offers students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, a vibrant, stimulating and intellectually challenging environment in which... [ Read All ]


United Kingdom

167 Renfrew Street,
G3 6RQ
Phone: +44 (0)141 353 4517

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Our Aims

The Glasgow School of Art aims to produce mature, confident graduates through practice based, face to face, professionally oriented and socially engaging education in fine art, design and architecture and to continually influence world culture by generating new knowledge through creativity and conceptual thinking.
Students at the School represent an international community of emerging artists, designers and architects drawn to the GSA by the quality of its teaching and research, and the role it plays in the creative community and industries of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.

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Location and Getting there

The GSA campus is based in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. The main building, the Mackintosh Building, is on Renfrew Street, which runs parallel with Glasgow's famous Sauchiehall Street. The remaining GSA buildings are all within a few streets of each other in Garnethill.

The Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
United Kingdom
G3 6RQ

Department and information about the department

The Glasgow School of Art has three academic Schools and a thriving postgraduate and research community focused around eight specialist research centres and a growing number of internationally renowned taught postgraduate courses and PhD students.

School of Fine Art:
The School of Fine Art at The GSA is a hive of creative activity where students and staff encourage a wide range of art related activities within an atmosphere of trust and support that allows the development of artistic identities with a critical sense that fosters innovation and critical thinking.

Within Fine Art, students are encouraged to formulate an individual vision of the world, whether intuitive, historical or theoretically conscious and through a common visual language share this with others. It is an imaginative exploration and mediation of creative ideas and concepts, resolved in the production of contemporary art.

The School comprises three departments, each with the ambition to develop a room in the grand "House of the Art" and within the departments of Painting & Printmaking, Photography and Sculpture & Environmental Art, students find an ...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

The GSA has approximately 350 academic and support staff.

Teaching at the GSA is studio based, face to face and professionally engaged. Our staff are active researchers, practicing artists, designers or architects.

Many staff have international reputations, recognised as leaders in their field and include Professor Thomas Joshua Cooper, fine art photographer. Professor Cooper was described by the Observer newspaper in 2005 as 'undoubtedly one of the greatest landscape artists of our time'. The Tate Gallery purchased a piece of Professor Cooper's work in 2002, bringing their collection of work by him to five pieces. The Tate now has the work of nine GSA staff.

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News and Events

All of the news and exhibition dates are regularly posted and updated on the School's website.
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Information For  Undergraduates

The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Britain's foremost higher education institutions for the study and advancement of fine art design and architecture.

Undergraduate students are given freedom and independence within an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment, to explore ideas and realise their potential.

The School offers a practice-led, project driven, studio-based learning experience that challenges students creative powers, develops their talents, and ultimately gives their work a professional edge - a highly charged creative environment which will impacts on their work.

The School is a small, specialist and highly focused international community of artists, designers and architects in an immensely stimulating and creative place: a creative hothouse where new ideas are always encouraged and developed through studio based face to face, professionally relevant and socially engaging teaching and research.

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Information For  Postgraduates

The GSA sees postgraduate study as a natural progression for the committed artist, designer or architect determined to make their way in professional practice and research.

The GSA has one of the UK's largest research communities in the creative arts outside London. This is partly down to the skill and dedication of staff and students alike; but it is also largely thanks to the ambition of the School.

In recent years, the postgraduate and research community has grown considerably and now comprises over 150 PhD and masters students; and it is set to expand further over the next few years with the development of new programmes and pathways offering an increased range of options for postgraduate study at masters and doctoral level.

But this only hints at the breadth and depth of the opportunities available to postgraduates. A top masters programme, for example, offers study in everything from fine art to 3D motion graphics; the research programme brings to life the very latest in creative thinking.

The study programmes here are among the very best available internationally. The real excitement is the commitment the Sch...  [ Read All ]

Information For  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. At any given time, approximately 15 per cent of the School’s student population is made up of international students representing countries as diverse as Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, Singapore and the USA. In total, more than 60 different nationalities are represented within the student community at the GSA.

Study at the GSA is done through one of three Schools: Fine Art, Design and the Mackintosh School of Architecture. The focus of all courses is studio practice, the provision of individual studio space to both undergraduate and postgraduate students is one of our major strengths, as is individual tuition. All students, whilst developing their own work independently, will benefit from valuable one on one time from tutors.

As a relatively small institution, and one that is very focused, we are a creative community, situated in the centre of the cit...  [ Read All ]


The ambition of many GSA fine art graduates is to enjoy a long and fulfilling career as a practising artist. And a quite remarkable number of them do exactly that. However, many others go into equally rewarding careers in associated disciplines and in the wider business sphere, adding creativity to the commercial sector. Many fine art graduates from the School continue as practising artists. Recent graduates include Alison Watt, Jenny Saville, Christine Borland, Adrian Wiszniewski, Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon, and Becks Futures winners Roderick Buchanan, Toby Paterson and Rosalind Nashashibi.

• 43% of GSA Fine Art graduates are self employed
• 80% off all self-employed GSA Fine Art graduates live and work in Scotland
• 80% of GSA Fine Art graduates who are teachers teach in the subject they specialised in
GSA Graduate Destination Survey 1999-2004, November 2005

Fine art graduates go on to successful careers as: artists, novelists, teachers, lecturers, actors, musicians, interior designers, sculptors, website designers, politicians, set designers, gallery owners, artists' agents, entrepreneurs and succ...  [ Read All ]

Student Facilities

The learning resources and student support services at the GSA are there to inform, inspire and help students.

Library and Computer Centre

The Glasgow School of Art is located in the Bourdon Building at the heart of the main campus. It houses over 80,000 books and 250 current periodicals covering all aspects of art, design, craft, and architecture, providing the core materials for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It also has a comprehensive and growing range of slides, video and audio-tapes, CD-ROMs and DVDs.

The Mackintosh Library is located in the Mackintosh Building and provides students with a unique environment in which to research. The Mackintosh Library houses our collection of historic books, periodicals and journals. Due to the historic fabric of the Mackintosh Library, it is now a reference library with restricted opening hours.

The Computer Centre is an open-access resource of networked computers, offering students access to worldwide web, as well as e-mail, word processing, and image manipulation. The Computer Centre is in addition to specialist IT facilities available in Departments.

Student Support

GSA courses are designed to support the creative development of students in their chosen subject. Learning and the change this implies cannot happen without support. Student support is therefore integral to the activities of every academic department.

The School also has an excellent record of providing specialist support services that complement and underpin the core provision available through the academic departments.

The following Services are available to all students. These offer the additional support that many students need at some point during their studies.

Welfare Service
Learning Support Service
Careers Service
Counselling Service


Student Life

The GSA has been described by one of our students as "outrageous, terrifying, excellent and, above all, completely unlike any other". But that is only part of the unique GSA experience and there is more to life than working in your studio. Being a student at the GSA, you are joining an international community of emergent artists, designers and architects, living and studying in one of Europe's most creative cities.

The School is located in the heart of Glasgow - Scotland's largest city and creative capital. Glasgow is a truly vibrant city; it’s 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 and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Add to this the numerous cultural venues - the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Tron, the Arches, Tramway, Transmission, Street Level, the Lighthouse Centre for Architecture and Design and Glasgow Science Centre - and it's easy to see why Glasgow was recently voted the UK's coolest city and the best b...  [ Read All ]

Student Testimonials

Camille Moohan: Masters in Design - Fashion as textiles (2005). "The experience you gain is invaluable, especially in design as it’s become a brand associated with learning about art. It has a quality stamp of approval and there is always about four or five starlets."

Konstantinos Koutsoliotas: Master of Philosophy 2D/3D motion graphics. "As one of the best schools in the UK the school is a beacon worldwide to generations of future artists as a haven for experimentation and artistic expression."

Michael Hay: MPhil – Advanced 2D/3D Motion Graphics & Virtual Prototyping. "You’re given the chance to work where and on what you like while mixing with like-minded people. Change and progression are essential in life and the GSA continues to push boundaries whilst retaining its incredible history."

Riccardo Marini: Masters in Architecture – Urban Design (1986). "It’s a really good incubator for ideas; the world economy is not about manufacturing it’s about ideas and the school is about ideas. Design studios in Milan, Paris and many in the states all have Mac graduates."

Simon Starling: Masters in Fine Art. "There’s...  [ Read All ]


The GSA has one purpose built hall of residence called Margaret Macdonald House. The residence is a couple of minutes walking distance of the Mackintosh Building and the rest of the GSA campus and is within easy reach of all city centre amenities. Margaret Macdonald House operates 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.

For students more interested in finding a private flat or a room sharing with other students, the Student Welfare Department can assist with information on how you go about finding your own accommodation within the city.

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How To Apply

Applying for a place at the GSA is easy and straightforward, although the procedure depends on the type of course you choose: undergraduate, postgraduate or research-based degrees.

To help you make a decision, and learn more about the School and courses, you are welcome to attend Open Day which is normally held in October each year or one of three applicant advisory days held in November, January and February.

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Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow G3 6RQ
Scotland, UK
+44 (0)141 353 4517