What we do >

Our Widening Participation team works with pupils who live in a priority postcode, are care experienced or attend one of our target state schools. We help young people understand what studying a visual creative degree is like and enable them to build a diverse and interesting portfolio of work (this is required to apply to study a visual creative course at most colleges and universities).

We run a range of taster and portfolio courses on campus alongside special events delivered in partnership with galleries, museums and other creative organisations in Scotland. We collaborate with a variety of practicing artists, designers and architects to ensure young people can access exciting specialist experiences.  

All of our activities are free of charge and take place as far as possible in the evening, at weekends and during school holidays, so they don’t clash with the school timetable.

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We offer a range of special events throughout the year to eligible young people who subscribe to our mailing list. Special events are usually one-off highly specialist workshops that we deliver in collaboration with other creative organisations. In the past, we’ve run joint projects with organisations such as Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Street Level Photoworks and Risotto Studio. We encourage pupils to join our mailing list as early as possible to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the special events we offer all year round. 

Where our students go

The Widening Participation team provides impartial information, advice and guidance to pupils who take part in our activities. We support young people in their applications to the Glasgow School of Art and to visual creative courses at other Universities. Young people we worked with in the last year have gained offers from visual creative courses from 7 different Higher Education Institutions including:

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh

What people say about our programme

“The tutors were really nice. I made friends, learned a lot and had so much fun” – S4 Taster Course participant

“The most useful part of the course was getting encouragement from the tutor and being given more independence to make work” – S5 Portfolio Course participant

“There was a great sense of friendship and everybody got on and supported each other. The course gave me studio experience and an idea of what it might be like in art school – I loved seeing how everyone responded differently to the same brief. This took away the fear of being compared to others as it was impossible in such a diverse range of work and responses. The course helps to develop resilient young artists and designers. You are challenged to think about what you are doing and why every step of the way and encouraged to try new things to push your work forward.” - S6 Portfolio Course participant