Widening Participation >

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is one of the UK's leading Higher Education Institutions for visual creative courses. Our main campus is based in Garnethill in Glasgow's City Centre and students come from all over the world to study with us. 

Our Widening Participation team works with secondary school pupils who:

  • live in a priority postcode 
  • are care experienced 
  • attend one of our target state schools

You can email your home postcode to wp@gsa.ac.uk to check your eligibility. Your postcode is checked against the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). SIMD classifies postcodes into one of give groups called 'quintiles'. Priority postcodes are those which are quintile 1 and 2. 

Care experienced young people include those who have been adopted, in foster care, in local authority care or kinship care (i.e. living with a relative or close family friend rather than your parents). 

A list of the target schools we currently work with is available here

Eligible pupils can benefit from a year-round programme of activities which will help them to make informed decisions about future course choices, develop their practical and research skills and expand their knowledge of contemporary art, design and architecture. 

We help young people understand what studying a visual creative course is like and enable them to build a diverse and interesting portfolio of work for application to visual creative courses in further or higher education. 

The work we do is supported by the Scottish Funding Council who help us to deliver our programme of activity through the Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) and FOCUS West projects.