The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Our studio-based approach to research and teaching, brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.
Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries, our role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology.Then as now our purpose remains the same - to contribute to a better world through creative education and research.
Study at the GSA is done through one of our five Schools: Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Innovation or Simulation and Visualisation. The focus of all courses is studio practice, and the provision of individual studio space to both undergraduate and postgraduate students is one of our major strengths, as is individual tuition. All students, whilst developing their own work independently, will benefit from valuable one on one time from tutors. Courses also include lecture time, library research and "crits" time when students work in groups with tutors to analyse and explain their work.
International students at the School come from over 79 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Each year we welcome more than 90 students from our exchange and Study Abroad partners, who each, in their turn, further contribute to the international dimension of the learning experience at the School.
As a relatively small institution, and one that is very focused, we are a creative community, situated in the centre 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
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