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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1845
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public-private
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441413534500
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Glasgow School of Art

Founded in 1845, The Glasgow School of Art is one of the few remaining independent art schools in the UK. It is Scotland's only public self-governing art school offering university-level programmes and research in architecture, fine art and design. With a proven history of producing some of the world’s most influential and successful artists, designers and architects, the GSA’s studio-based specialist, practice-led education draws talented individuals with a shared passion and concern for visual culture from all over the world. Many graduates have chosen to stay in Glasgow so that today the city is home to one of the UK’s largest and most vibrant creative communities.

Academic Highlights

The Glasgow School of Art is host to a number of high-profile research projects, funded primarily through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council, although other UK research councils have funded projects in the past.

Life in Glasgow School of Art

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. 

School Ranking

The GSA is placed 8th in the 2019 QS World Rankings for Art and Design and 2nd in the nationally ranking 2016 Complete University Guide league table for Art and Design. The GSA has been ranked in the top 10 of specialist educational institutions in The Guardian University Guide, ranking it the top specialist visual arts institution in the UK.


International applicants must go through country-specific entry requirements both for undergraduate and graduate programs. Applications for undergraduate courses are accepted only through UCAS. You will be receiving an acknowledgment email guiding you through the admission process after GSA receives your application through UCAS.Students interested to apply for postgraduate courses are required to apply through the university’s online portal. There's is no application fee and no fixed deadline to apply for graduate programs, however, students are encouraged to apply early.Applications for graduate programs are evaluated in several rounds between November and August extending maximum up to February for every academic year entry. Glasgow School of Art accepts the IELTS score as proof of English proficiency.

Notable Alumni

GSA has a list of some notable alumni that includes Janet Macdonald Aitken, Ann Dunlop Alexander, Lena Alexander, Jessie Algie, Mary Parsons Reid Allan, Edith Lovell Andrews, Sophie Aston, Harry Benson, Christine Berrie, Douglas Robertson Bisset, Sam Black, Robert Henderson Blyth, Leonard Boden, Christine Borland, Martin Boyce. 

Acceptance Rate

GSA acceptance rate is estimated to be 10-20%

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