- Fall: March 15
- Spring: October 1
YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.
About Glasgow School of Art
GSA is the college of choice for leading-edge art study in Scotland's most cosmopolitan city. Recognized for its international role in educating artists, designers and architects, GSA is one of the few free-standing art schools remaining in Europe. With a history of distinguished alumni, including Robbie Coltrane, Alison Watt, and Douglas Gordon, GSA can help you find your inspiration, as well.
Glasgow School of Art Benefits
- Study cutting edge fine art, design and architecture in an inspiring city, at an institution recognized for its international role in educating artists, designers and architects
- Spend 30 to 35 hours a week in a dedicated studio space working on independent projects
- An active student association offers clubs and societies for social, cultural and athletic interests, including an innovative Drama Club and Film Society
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As a studio art school, Glasgow School of Art is based on a tutorial system, in which students are expected to work independently and in groups on assignments that are often very broad and allow for much creativity, imagination and self-direction. Guidance from instructors is always available, but students must initiate contact with their advisors at the GSA. You will be admitted to a specific school and department, and are expected to undertake the projects that are assigned for that year or semester of study at the GSA.
Glasgow School of Art offers three different schools: The School of Fine Art, the School of Design and the Rennie Mackintosh School of Architecture. The staff at the Glasgow School of Art will review your application and portfolio and assign you to a year of study. Most IFSA students are admitted into year two studies at the Glasgow School of Art. Students who demonstrate extensive background in their chosen medium may be admitted into year three studies.
To learn more about what is taught in each year of study in the various departments at the Glasgow School of Art, visit the website and click on one of the many different degrees offered by the school, then click on the "Study Guide" PDF on the right side of the page, next to the Programme Overview.
At the Glasgow School of Art, a full course load is 15 U.S. semester credit hours for semester.
1 SCQF = .25 U.S. semester credit hours
Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Designed for students pursuing a liberal arts or social sciences degree, who wish to take classes in a studio art setting for a semester at the introductory to intermediate level. Students can choose to take only arts classes, in which case they would take 6 classes at GSA, or they can add an elective from the University of Glasgow College of Arts or College of Social Sciences, and take 4 classes at GSA.
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The IFSA Team
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