Glasgow School of Art Courses

You will earn 15 U.S. semester credits:

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

  • School of Design: required additional class, Design Domain, for 2.5 credits. Studio credits are reduced to 10 credits.
  • Forum for Critical Inquiry (FoCI) courses are an essential component in the Schools of Design and Fine Art; however, they are not a part of the Architecture program.

Course Restrictions

  • GSA does not offer courses in the traditional sense.
  • You will apply to a specific department, such as Painting, Illustration, etc.
  • GSA will review your application and portfolio.
  • Upon acceptance, you will be assigned a focus area and year of study.
  • You will complete projects solely in that particular area.
  • Cross-registration is not allowed among different subject areas.
  • You cannot take classes in multiple departments (for example, photography and sculpture).
  • Year 4 studies are not available for study abroad students.

Choosing Your Courses


School of Fine Art
Semester Credits
Academic Year (AY) 30 (25 Studio, 5 FoCI)
Fall Semester 15 (12.5 Studio, 2.5 FoCI)
Spring Semester 15 (12.5 Studio, 2.5 FoCI)
School of Design
Semester Credits
Academic Year (AY) 30 (20 Studio, 5 FoCI, 5 Design Domain)
Fall Semester 15 (10 Studio, 2.5 FoCI, 2.5 Design Domain)
Spring Semester 15 (10 Studio, 2.5 FoCI, 2.5 Design Domain)

Areas of Concentration

A list of departments/areas of concentration available to study abroad students at GSA can be found on their website:

  • 26 to 32 hours per week in the studio.
  • Forum for Critical Inquiry (FoCI) average between four and eight hours per week. Private study time is additional.
  • Year 1: is considered equivalent to a Sophomore level course,
  • Year 2 : Junior level
  • Year 3: a Junior/Senior level.

Enrollment Process

Submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies through your Arcadia Passport.

List all department choices and alternates in order of preference (i.e. Fine Art - Photography, Painting and Printmaking, etc.). Enter "GSAXXXX" as the course code for all areas.


You will need to submit a portfolio of 15-20 images of recent work. This will be reviewed by a specific department for admittance into that department. 

Grade Scale for the Glasgow School of Art - AACRAO EDGE

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE). 

Grade Range Description U.S. Equivalent
A1-A5 First Class  A
B1-B3 Second Class Upper B+
C1-C3 Second Class Lower B
D1-D3 Third Class/Pass C
E1 and below Fail F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.