• 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 purprose-built building on Renfrew Street, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Since then the history of the school has been inextricably linked with Mackintosh.
  • The school continues to pioneer new developments and programmes, including plans for a new campus, and the Reid Building, opposite the original school on Renfrew Street, completed in 2014.

Location and Transport

  • The GSA is located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city.
  • Glasgow has good National Rail links to the rest of the UK.
  • Glasgow's airport is located 6 miles west of the city centre, it operate regular domestic and international flights.
  • Glasgow has a buzzing nightlife with over 700 bars, pubs and clubs.
  • Glasgow's very own Riverside Museum was voted European Museum of the Year 2013.

Entry Requirements

  • All applications for full-time undergraduate degree courses are made through UCAS Conservatoires.
  • Note that some courses are offered as joint programmes with the University of Glasgow, in which case their UCAS code must be used.
  • Entry requirements are specific to individual courses.

Student Mix

The 1,840 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 93%
  • Part Time 7%


  • UK 73%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 15%
  • GSA has approximately 2,000 students enrolled.
  • Around 20% of these are international students and another 20% postgraduate students.

Course Flexibility

  • GSA offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, foundation programmes and short courses.
  • Students may also have the opportunity to study abroad, at one of the school's 80 international partners.

Research Standards

  • In the 2014 UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF), 61% the Glasgow School of Art's research was classified as world-leading/internationally excellent. 
  • The GSA has the largest Art and Design research base in Scotland, and the sixth largest in the UK.

Academic Strengths

  • GSA is a specialist art and design school and its academic strengths reflect that fact.
  • GSA runs courses in Fine Art and Design; Product Design; Product Design Engineering; and Architecture.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • The Glasgow School of Art aims to provide high quality information to their students and staff through their library.
  • The GSA's InfosmART service provides a selection of online interactive modules which are specifically designed to help creative practitioners.
  • The school's Technical Support Department provides facilities and expertise to support specialist areas of study, and offers the opportunity to access resources outside of the conventional discipline boundaries.

Disability Services

  • The GSA offers support for students with a huge range of disabilities, including both physical and mental conditions.

Students' Union

  • Glasgow School of Art Students' Association is run by students for students.

Availability of Part-Time Work

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

Notable Alumni

The Glasgow School of Art can boast a number of successful alumni, including:

  • Peter Capaldi (Graphic Design), an actor who has gone on to star in The Thick Of It and, most recently, Doctor Who.
  • Robbie Coltrane (Drawing & Painting), another actor perhaps best known for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.
  • Dougie Payne (Sculpture), a musician who found success in early noughties band Travis.
  • Robert Hardy (Painting), the bassist for Franz Ferdinand.
  • Iain McCaig, an illustrator and storyboard artist who has worked on Star Wars and Harry Potter

Further Details

Address Glasgow School of Art 167 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RQ
UCAS Code G43