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.

Course Restrictions

  • You will apply to a specific department, such as Painting, Illustration, etc. for the intensive art programs.
  • Cross-registration is only available for SASAP students.
  • Year 1 and Year 4 studies are not available for intensive art programs.

Enrollment Process

Submit your Academic Preferences Form through your Arcadia Passport.

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

Intensive Art Programs

  • GSA does not offer courses in the traditional sense.
  • 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.

SASAP Program

Choosing Your Courses

Intensive Art Programmes

Designed for Students Pursuing a BA in Fine Arts
Mackintosh School of Architecture
Term* Credits
Academic Year (AY) - Year 2 30 (15 Studio, 7.5 Architectural Technology, 5 History of Architecture and Urban Studies & 2.5 Studio Practices)
Academic Year (AY) - Year 3 30 (12.5 Studio, 7.5 Architectural Technology, 5 History of Architecture and Urban Studies, 2.5 Professional Studies & 2.5 Interdisciplinary Design)
*Academic Year only
School of Fine Art
Fine Art Photography, Painting & Printmaking, Sculpture and Environmental Art
Term Credits
Academic Year (AY) 30 (25 Studio, 5 Fine Art Critical Studies)
Fall Semester 15 (12.5 Studio, 2.5 Fine Art Critical Studies)
Spring Semester 15 (12.5 Studio, 2.5 Fine Art Critical Studies)
School of Design
Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Silversmithing & Jewellery, Textile Design
Term Credits
Academic Year (AY) 30 (20 Studio, 5 Design History & Theory, 5 Design Domain)
Fall Semester 15 (10 Studio, 2.5 Design History & Theory, 2.5 Design Domain)
Spring Semester 15 (10 Studio, 2.5 Design History & Theory, 2.5 Design Domain)
Innovation School
Product Design
Term Credits
Academic Year (AY) 30 (25 Studio, 5 Design History & Theory)
Fall Semester* 15 (12.5 Studio, 2.5 Design History & Theory)
Spring Semester 15 (12.5 Studio, 2.5 Design History & Theory)
*Year 2 is Fall only
  • 26 to 32 hours per week in the studio.
  • Non-studio courses average between four and eight hours per week. Private study time is additional.
  • Year 2: Junior level
  • Year 3: a Junior/Senior level.

Study Abroad Studio Art Programme

Studio-Based Fine Art & Design

Designed for students who have an interest in studio art and some visual art learning experience (either high school or university level). Students do not have to be an art major and do not need to submit an art portfolio to apply to the SASAP. Students will choose their SASAP courses from this list provided by the GSA have 2 enrollment options:

  • Student takes 6 SASAP courses at 2.5 credits (10 GSA credits) each for a total of 15 credits (60 GSA credits) a semester. 
  • Student takes 4 SASAP courses at 2.5 credits (10 GSA credits) each and 1 course at the University of Glasgow (UG) within the College of Arts or College of Social Sciences study abroad course catalog for 5 credits (20 Glasgow credits), totaling 15 credits (60 GSA/UG credits) a semester. Students selecting this option are considered both GSA and UG students and will have access to all the services of both GSA and UG.
Term Credits
Fall Semester 15 (15 Glasgow School of Art OR 10 Glasgow School of Art, 5 University of Glasgow)
Spring Semester 15 (15 Glasgow School of Art OR 10 Glasgow School of Art, 5 University of Glasgow)

Miscellaneous

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

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