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 centre of a town


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 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 66%
  • EU 14%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 29%
  • Female 71%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Learning Resources at the GSA comprises the library, archives and collections and learning technology. The library of The Glasgow School of Art 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.
  • The GSA's Careers Service is available to help students find work both while at the GSA and after graduation.
  • GSA Enterprises employs students as tour guides and recruits a number of times per year.

Careers advice

  • The Glasgow School of Art offers a range of employability opportunities within the curriculum, including live projects, participation in national and international competitions and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.
  • 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. All students are encouraged to use the services throughout their time at The Glasgow School of Art.
  • The Careers Adviser is available for appointments throughout the whole year and GSA's Careers Service is available to help students find work both while at the GSA and after graduation.

Health services


Counselling services

  • The Student Counselling Service is one of the Student Support Services available to all matriculated students who are part of The Glasgow School of Art 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/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 disability which has not yet been diagnosed, the service can provide an assessment service to ascertain what their specific learning needs are.
  • 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 building on Renfrew Street, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Since then the history of the school has been inextricably linked with Mackintosh.
  • The school's role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing fine art and architecture education in the late 19th century, and digital technology today.
  • The school continues to be pioneering with new developments such as the opening of the Reid Building in 2014, the launch of the School of Visualisation and Simulation in 2017, the establishment of campuses in Singapore and the Highlands and Islands, and the Mackintosh Campus Project.

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, Oscar-winning director.
  • David Shrigley – artist.
  • Pam Hogg – fashion designer, musician.
  • Douglas Gordon – artist, one of five GSA alumni to win the Turner Prize.
  • Janice Kirkpatrick – founder, Graven Images.
  • Alasdair Gray – writer, artist.
  • Jonathan Saunders – fashion designer.
  • Jenny Saville – artist.
  • Gareth Hoskins – architect.
  • Liz Lochhead – playwright, poet.


Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ