Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 as a Government School of Design. It is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s foremost higher education institutions for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture.

It has been in the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh Building since 1899. Mackintosh is one of the many graduates of Glasgow School of Art who influence world design. The school is a small, specialist, international community of artists, designers and architects. It is a stimulating, creative place, where new ideas are encouraged. Teaching is studio based and face to face. The University of Glasgow validates its degrees.

Courses and Specialisms

Courses are taught through five schools:


The college has over 2,000 students, with around 35% from outside of the UK and representing 69 countries.

You could spend part of your undergraduate course abroad through GSA’s exchange programme with 75 participating partner institutions.

According to HESA, 93.3% of students from the 2017/18 academic year went into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Facilities and Services

Learning Resources at the Glasgow School of Art comprises of a library, the Archives and Collections Centre and a virtual learning environment.

The library has one of the finest art, design and architecture collections in the UK. This provides students with access to high quality information, resources and services including ICT facilities.

The Students’ Association is based in The Art School, in the Reid Building of the school. It is a unique centre for music and visual arts in Glasgow. There are over 15 clubs and societies at the school, covering a range of activities.

New undergraduate and postgraduate students are offered accommodation in one of two purpose built halls of residence.


The school is ranked 3rd in the UK, 5th in Europe and 8th in the world (QS World University Rankings) 2019. 

In the 2020 Complete University Guide, Arts, Drama and Music League Table the School was ranked 10th.

The school has also produced six Turner Prize winners.

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167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

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0141 353 4500

Main Campus

167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ
0141 353 4500