The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Its studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find innovative solutions.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: G43

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Where students come from

  • UK 66%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Learning Resources at the GSA comprise the library, archives and collections, and learning technology. The library of the GSA has one of the finest art, design and architecture collections in the UK. The school's 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.

Student jobs

  • With a successful tourism industry and thriving shopping and dining scenes, there is no shortage of part-time work in Glasgow.

Careers advice

  • The GSA's Enterprise Studio offers a range of services and support to GSA students and graduates, including a summer school, opportunities, networks, learning and resources.
  • A range of employability opportunities are embedded into the curriculum, including live projects and participation in national and international competitions.
  • The Careers Service offers a wide range of career guidance and advice, including one-to-one guidance appointments, professional practice seminars and specific career resources. The Careers Service is available to help students find work both while at the GSA and after graduation.

Health services


Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Student Counselling Service is one of the support services available to all matriculated students who are part of the GSA community. It provides a professional and confidential environment in which students can explore personal and emotional issues impacting on them, and on their studies.

Disability support

  • Many students at the GSA have disability-related needs. This could be a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, a social or communication impairment, a physical or sensory impairment, a long-term medical condition, or a mental health issue. 
  • Students with a disability are encouraged to get in touch with the service so that it can work with them to explore what support might be required. With students' permission, the service can also liaise with the relevant academic department. If students suspect they have a learning difference which has not yet been diagnosed, an assessment service can help to ascertain their specific learning needs.
  • If students have accepted an offer on a programme of study at GSA, the service encourages them to contact it as early as possible to enable support to be put in place for their arrival.

Other services and facilities

  • Specific course facilities include: workshops for 3D-making, mould-making and casting, printmaking, fashion and textiles, silversmithing and jewellery – as well as a media studio, high-quality archive print and photographic facilities, and laser cutters. The Technical Support Department incorporates all technical staff and resources across the GSA. Its aim is to provide safe, student-focused facilities supporting specialist areas of study while also encouraging cross-disciplinary interaction where appropriate.

Students' Union

  • The Glasgow School of Art Students' Association is run by students for students, from its own dedicated building in the centre of Glasgow.
  • The Students' Association is a well-known club and venue, as well as having a café and bar used by both students and members of the public.
  • Students have access to project spaces within the building for exhibitions and events, and all profits from the venue and club are reinvested in student initiatives.


  • Founded in 1845 as a Government School of Design, The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) was originally based at various locations around the city until, in 1885, it moved into a new home on Renfrew Street.
  • The school's role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of arts communities, embracing fine art and architecture education in the late 19th century, and digital technology and design innovation today.
  • The School continues to be pioneering with new developments such as the opening of the Reid Building in 2014, the launches of the School of Simulation and Visualisation in 2017 and the Innovation School in 2018, and the establishment of campuses in Singapore and the Highlands and Islands.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Glasgow School of Art's former student, Peter Capaldi, became the twelfth Dr Who in the long-running BBC TV series.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Peter Capaldi – actor and Oscar-winning director.
  • Douglas Gordon – artist, one of six GSA alumni to win the Turner Prize.
  • Alasdair Gray – writer and artist.
  • Louise Gray – fashion designer.
  • Gareth Hoskins – architect.
  • Janice Kirkpatrick – founder of Graven Images.
  • Liz Lochhead – playwright and poet.
  • Rosalind Nashashibi – artist.
  • Charlotte Prodger – artist, one of six GSA alumni to win the Turner Prize.
  • Jonathan Saunders – fashion designer.


The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF