Glasgow School of Art

United Kingdom

Internationally recognised as one of the UK’s leading higher education institutions for the visual creative disciplines, The Glasgow School of Art is an international community with a shared visual language. Through practice-led, studio-based learning and research, we collaborate and transform thinking by developing creative approaches with new audiences.

The ability to transform thinking, generate new knowledge and give shape and form to things that currently do not exist, are all the characteristics of the creative practitioner. Through an art school education, we hone these inherent skills through studio-based learning, creative engagement and research that is discipline-specific.

The studio, whether literal or figurative, creates the environment for collaboration, within and across disciplines, for critical inquiry, experimentation and prototyping, and is the environment in which we collectively generate new ideas and solutions and where innovation thrives. ‘Studio’ is the space where our shared visual language can transcend barriers and boundaries and where ambition and imagination can find solutions to the global challenges facing the world today. 

That global role of creativity and culture cannot be underestimated. The GSA, be it our campus in Glasgow, sister campuses in the Highlands and Islands and Singapore, or our Representative Office in the People’s Republic of China, creates an environment to nurture the next generation of influential, successful and impactful creative practitioners who will help make the world a better place.

Today, the city of Glasgow is recognised as a UK1 and European2 cultural and creative capital, and one of the UK’s most successful city-economies. Central to this success is the city’s commitment to openness, the role of The Glasgow School of Art, with over 61% of its staff engaged in research of international and national significance3, and its graduates, with nearly 60%4 staying in the city that has become home over the course of their studies. Together, through collaboration, innovation and their international networks, they contribute to Glasgow’s cultural, creative and economic vibrancy and opportunity. 


1Source: NESTA Creative Nation 2019

2Source: European Commission: The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

3Source: REF 2014 4

Centres for Cities: The Great British Brain Drain - Graduate Gain and Loss in Glasgow, 2019

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Key staff:

Director: Penny Macbeth


Key facts:

Founded 1845

6 Turner Prize Winners

97% student retention

35% students from outside UK