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The Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Class Eligibility:||Junior, Senior||Language Courses Offered:||No|
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Program OverviewFounded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, The Glasgow School of Art has grown to become one of the UK's pre-eminent institutions for the study and advancement of fine art, design and architecture. Watch this short film to see just why the GSA is internationally recognized as a hothouse of creativity.
Located in the center of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, the GSA is one of the few remaining independent art schools in the UK. They have an international community of over 1600, primarily undergraduate students, studying in 10 specialist fine art or design departments, or within the respected Mackintosh School of Architecture.
As a relatively small institution, and one that is very focused, the GSA is a creative community where 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. The city of 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.
LocationGlasgow is one of Europe’s liveliest cities with a vibrant and colorful social scene; some of the best shopping in the world; thriving music and performance venues; and some increasingly renowned international festivals. It was named one of the top ten ‘must-see’ destinations for 2006 (and the only one in Europe) by Frommer’s Travel Guide and remains the cultural center of Scotland. Scottish people are known for their friendly, welcoming character, which makes it a great place to study abroad. Glasgow has something for everyone!
Whether your passion is history, architecture, music, sports or shopping you’ll find plenty to interest you. Glasgow is Scotland's largest city with a population of 600,000. Glasgow means 'dear green place' in Gaelic; accordingly, there are around 80 parks, more than any other city in Europe. It is ranked as the best UK shopping center outside London and has 14 free museums and art galleries. Additionally, it is a major center for sports, including football, golf, sailing, hiking and climbing. Churches, mosques and synagogues are all within easy reach of the city center. With a major international airport 20 minutes from the city and excellent transport links with the rest of Scotland and the UK, travel possibilities are endless.
AcademicsCourses are available in general education and various disciplines. Students will take 3 or 4 modules (classes) equivalent to 12-15 Stout credits. A full load at Glasgow is equal to 120 SCOTCAT credits per year, or 60 per semester (This is equivalent to 30 American University System credits per year. The SCOTCAT system can be divided by 4 to give an approximate equivalent credit).
Art & Design Students
To enhance awareness and promote study abroad experiences, Art and Design study abroad students, studying for one semester or more, will be required to exhibit their art & design work in a group exhibition in the Gallery 209, upon their return, as organized by the Art & Design Department's International Studies Committee. Students in short-term programs are not required but encouraged to participate. While the work is on exhibit, students will be expected to organize the appropriate faculty and the program director to assess their work for related study abroad credits, as needed. Students returning from HAWK will exhibit their work in September and students returning from all other programs in February. Students will also be responsible for submitting a complete electronic portfolio (CD, DVD) of their work to the Program Office by the end of their exhibition week. Students will not receive equivalent Stout credits until the exhibition and electronic portfolio requirements are satisfied.
Living ArrangementsAs Scotland's largest city and with five higher education institutions, Glasgow has an excellent supply of student accommodation, wherever in the city you choose to live. The GSA has one purpose built hall of residence called Margaret Macdonald House. Students prepare most meals at their accommodation, but there are snack bars on campus where students can purchase food items.
Glasgow also has a wealth of restaurants featuring cuisine from all over the world. In addition to the above GSA subleases residential accommodation from the University of Glasgow, located in the west end of the city. For students who are interested in finding a private flat or a room, sharing with other students, the Student Welfare Department can assist with information on how you go about finding your own accommodation within the city.
Passport, Visa & TravelPassport: Students will need to have a passport study in Scotland. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students studying in Scotland less than six months and not partaking in an internship or work do not need to apply for a student visa. Students studying in Scotland for longer than six months or less than six months, but partaking in work or an internship will be required to apply for a student visa. The current visa fee is £200. The Office of International Education will be able to assist you with this process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Scotland. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Scotland before or after the program.