Glasgow School of Art

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Open and outward looking, GSA’s role is, through studio-based learning and research, to collaborate and transform thinking by developing creative approaches with new audiences. Over a third of students on the Glasgow campus are from outside the UK and staff are engaged in a range of international research and teaching projects.

Many students remain in Glasgow after graduation because of the unique network of creative people, spaces and organisations and are joined by artists, designers, architects, writers and musicians from around the world who are drawn here by the quality of life and the clear sense of creative opportunity.

Glasgow School of Art

Each school offers both undergraduate and graduate level programmes, with over 61% of staff engaged in research of national and international significance. Visit RADAR the GSA’s research repository to discover a digital archive of research and enterprise output by GSA staff and their graduate community at

Facts & Stats

  • Ranked third in the UK, fifth in Europe and eighth in the world for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2019.
  • High student retention of 97% (HESA, 2016).
  • The Mackintosh School of Architecture is consistently ranked as the top architecture school in Scotland, and in the top 5 in the UK by Architects’ Journal (HESA, 2017/18).
  • The Innovation School is based across two campuses, in Glasgow and the Highlands & Islands, collaborating with research partners and local communities.
  • Alumni from The School of Fine Art include six Turner Prize winners, and almost all artists chosen to represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale.
  • School of Design graduate destinations include Apple, Celine, Dyson, and Hyundai.
  • School of Simulation and Visualisation research and commercial partners include Historic Environment Scotland, the BBC, and the NHS.
  • Annually circa 92% of students are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE, 2017/18).


GSA's studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways and find innovative solutions. The studio creates an environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.

A Creative City

Glasgow is recognised as a European cultural capital, and central to this success is the role of the GSA. After graduation, nearly 60% of GSA alumni stay in the city that has become home over the course of their studies. Together, through collaboration, innovation and their international networks, they sustain and grow Glasgow’s cultural, creative and economic vibrancy and opportunities and its position as one of the UK’s largest creative communities.

GSA Creative Network

The GSA Creative Network is a vibrant and dynamic approach to supporting and maintaining relationships with their global network of over 22,000 GSA students, graduates, industry partners, collaborators and supporters. Students and alumni have access to tailored services, support, opportunities and discount on further study. Their network spans all disciplines, a multitude of industries, and 95 countries around the world.

Live Map

Discover for yourself a real-time snapshot of their community through the GSA’s Live Map, a Google Map-based guide to GSA’s global Creative Network, connections, locations and an Alt Guide to the City of Glasgow.

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