The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe's
foremost university-level institutions for creative education and
research in fine art, design and architecture.
We foster the conditions for creativity in
order to promote critical thinking, experimentation, discovery and
innovation. Our distinctive pedagogy and research promote studio
culture as the basis for creative communities, the meeting ground
for diversity of opinion, independence of thought and learning from
Proudly independent and outward-looking, we
continuously extend the boundaries of our knowledge, geographic
reach and impact through collaboration and partnership locally,
nationally and internationally.
We are socially and environmentally responsible
in our organisational culture and academic provision. We seek to be
exceptional but not exclusive, aspirational but accessible.
Drawing on our heritage, we promote a mutually-enriching
relationship between tradition and innovation.
Rooted in Glasgow, with a strong international and intercultural
perspective underpinning all that we do, the city is both a focus
for our work and the platform from which our international
relationships grow, strengthening our role in the world.
- A creative hothouse. A small concentrated community of
committed, creative people bound together by a shared visual
language and a concern for visual culture.
- At the heart of one of Europe's most influential and creative
artistic communities providing an energetic environment in which
new ideas can flourish.
- Producers of mature, confident graduates through education in
fine art, design and architecture, which is practice based, face to
face, professionally oriented and socially engaged.
- Researchers that influence world culture by generating new
knowledge through creativity and conceptual thinking.
Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first
Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting
good design for the manufacturing industries, our role has
continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the
communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine
art and architecture education and today, digital technology.
Then as now our purpose remains the same - to contribute to
a better world through creative education and