The Glasgow School of Art, School of Design

mission statement

GSA aims to foster creativity and critical thinking through pedagogy, research and studio culture producing independent and outward looking faculty and graduates who work and collaborate locally, nationally and internationally. We seek to be socially and environmentally responsible as we explore the relation between tradition and innovation.

international role

School of Design at GSA operates on both a European (MEDes and Erasmus/Erasmus Plus) and a global level (North/South America, Asia, SE Asia, Africa). Collaborations and partnerships extend from student mobility to shared research projects, and GSA also has a campus in Singapore.

national role

GSA and the School of Design operates across Glasgow and beyond, to Scotland and the UK, working with commercial enterprises, social innovation units, the Scottish & UK Governments to identify ways in which the lives of citizens can be addressed and improved through collaborative engagement and creative practice.

main focus

Design for social engagement, creative collaboration, health & wellbeing art & design pedagogy

faculties and departments

Fine Art Design Mackintosh School of Architecture Digital Design Studio

bachelor level programs

B.Des Product Design, B.Eng Product Design Engineering, B.Des Fashion & Textiels, BA Interior Design, BA Communication Design, BA Digital Culture, BA Silversmithing & Jewellery, Environmental Art, Sculpture, Painting & Printmaking, Architecture Bachelor Degrees are 4 years in duration (with Honours)

master level programs

MEDes (Integrated Masters) in European Design (PD) - 5 years MEng in Product Design Engineering (PDE) - 5 years M.Des in Design Innovation, Interior Design, Fashion & Textiles, Communication Design are all 1 year in duration. M.Litt Fine Art is 1 year, MFA Fine Art is 2 years.

research activity and main areas

Creative Pedagogy, Health & Wellbeing, Future Living, New Contexts for Design Practice, Emerging Practices & Methods

doctorate level programs

Design, Fine Art, Architecture, Design/Art History, Digital Studies

subject areas for exchange students

All areas/programmes of undergraduate design and fine art are available for exchange. The Mackintosh School of Architecture also has opportunities fro student mobility.

application deadlines

Exchanges are accepted in Terms 1 and 2 (also as Semester 1 and 2), deadlines for each are published on the website.

teaching languages

All programmes are delivered in English

semester dates

Semester 1 - September - December Semester 2 - January - June

cost of living per month (studying and living)

950 Euros per month

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