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The Glasgow School of Art

4.0 out of 5 (11 ratings / 5 reviews) Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
As one of the oldest art and design institutions in the UK, the GSA is unique in its ability to illustrate the nature and history of art education itself; document trends, styles and fashions both in the practice and in the education of artists, designers and architects and the important role the School played in this.



Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries, our role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology.


Research at the GSA impacts across all areas of our lives from the obvious cultural and creative aspects of what we do to the economic, social, educational, political, technological and scientific aspects of our research centres, networks and work of individual academic staff.


The Glasgow School of Art offers a range of employability opportunities within the curriculum, including live projects, participation in national and international competitions, the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and a Careers Service which offers a wide range of career guidance and advice including; one to one guidance appointments, professional practice seminars and specific career resources.

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Student services

Supporting Students with Disability - Offers specific support to students who have a disability (a physical or sensory impairment, medical condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia).

Student Welfare - Practical support and advice about accommodation, funding and finances, childcare and the practicalities of being a student.  You will also find advice for Care Leavers and Looked After Young People.

Counselling - Offers students the opportunity to talk through personal and troubling issues in a safe and confidential environment with a professional, trained counsellor.

Housing services

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. Detailed information on both our halls of residence can be found using the links to the right and left of this page.

Library services

The Library of the Glasgow School of Art has one of the finest art, design and architecture collections in the UK. Our aim is to provide students and staff with access to high quality information, resources and services including access to a wide array of ICT facilities.

Medical services

UK, EU and international students studying in Scotland are entitled to full access to the National Health Service (the NHS). In order to access services you should register with a doctor as soon as possible. Please note that if you are staying in Scotland for less than 3 months you should register as a Temporary Resident (TR). 

Student Life

Campus life

The Garnethill Campus is approximately 20 minutes walk from Glasgow's Central and Queen Street mainline railway stations. The nearest local railway station is Charing Cross and the nearest subway station is Cowcaddens. The School is easily accessed from all major approach roads, including the M8 motorway, and only 20 minutes by bus or taxi from Glasgow International Airport.

Student Reviews

Progressive and New Age: Glasgow School of Art
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great access to teachers and professors who are invested in the students personal and academic growth. Attention to multidisciplinary resources and access to materials through other university relations was also very beneficial. Feedback and reception of student voice felt continuous, particularly when progressive issues such as sustainability and equality were concerned.

My Time at GSA
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at GSA. The great studio culture has allowed me to excel within my course, academically and socially. The curriculum was difficult at times, and not always well organized as staff were regularly trying new things. However, I still managed to learn a lot and feel well prepared to move on to the next stage of education.

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

As i said before the courses are really good. If you study Product Design you can choose a theorical course. That gives you the freedom to do something that really interests you. And you have the Projekt course which is based on "free" group working. So you basically define with your group when you work and the tutors just come to the studio once or twice a week to check...

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