Is This Program Right For You?
Are you serious about continuing your study of the fine arts at one of the world's best art schools? Then spend your study abroad semester at the Glasgow School of Art, one of the UK's best ranked schools of art. Take a semester to immerse yourself in the studio with esteemed professors and develop your artistic abilities alongside Scottish art students. Fields offered include: Communication Design (Graphic Design), Fine Art Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Product Design, Sculpture, and Textile Design.
Study at the GSA is done through one of three Schools: Fine Art; Design; and the Mackintosh School of Architecture. The focus of all courses is studio practice. All students, whilst developing their own work independently, will benefit from valuable one on one time from professors. Courses also include lecture time, library research and "crits" time when students work in groups with professors to analyze and explain their work.
The semester at GSA will normally consist of four days a week intensive studio practice and one day in the Forum for Critical Inquiry, although it may vary by department. At the GSA, AU students will not select from a list of classes. Instead, they will be slotted into the existing degree program of the local Scottish students and take the Studio course and Critical Inquiry course alongside local students. Students have a lot of freedom in the studio to work on the type of art that they need, based on their AU degree and requirements. It is crucial that AU students work closely with their academic advisor and faculty advisor to understand what requirements they need to fulfill during the study abroad term.
For further details on the GSA Undergraduate Degrees, please visit their website
As a relatively small institution (about 2,000 students), and one that is very focused, GSA is a creative community, situated in the center of the city of Glasgow. Students are encouraged to engage with Glasgow which becomes more than just the city in which to live. It becomes a source of both inspiration and research. Glasgow is home to over 80,000 students at its 5 institutions of higher education, which might explain why it's been voted Britain's best student city. International students will find Glaswegians friendly, and the city is renowned for offering a warm welcome.
Scotland's largest city - 20% of Scotland's population live in and around the city - and one of Europe's most vibrant and cosmopolitan - Glasgow is an important creative and artistic hub with a wealth of cultural heritage to explore and inspire. A 'walkable' city, easy to navigate and famous for its friendly, hospitable people, Glasgow is rich in Victorian architecture and was home to Scotland's best known architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect of the GSA's world famous Mackintosh Building, voted Britain's Best Building in 2009.
The GSA's campuses are located in the heart of the city - home to one of the best metropolitan art galleries and museum collections in the UK and many of the national performing arts companies, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The National Theatre of Scotland.
Add to this the numerous cultural venues - the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Tron, the Arches, Tramway, Transmission, Street Level, The Lighthouse Centre for Architecture and Design and Glasgow Science Centre - and it's easy to see why Glasgow was voted the UK's coolest city and the best base for students and twenty-somethings by the Big Issue Magazine.
The Glasgow School of Art offers new students the opportunity to stay in one of two purpose-built halls of residence. Housing is apartment style. Students will have their own private study bedroom and share living space, bathroom and kitchen facilities in a 4-8 bedroom apartment. Housing sites are located in the city center, close to amenities and travel links, and within five-ten minutes’ walk of the main GSA Garnethill campus. All halls are secure and fully-furnished. No meal plan is provided; students are expected to grocery shop and cook on their own, or eat at any one of the many cafes and restaurants in the city. Visit the GSA housing website
for further details.