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 the pupils we work with to understand what studying a visual creative degree is like and enable them to build a diverse and interesting portfolio of work for application to college or university courses. 

We run a range of taster and portfolio courses 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 in the evening, at weekends and during school holidays, so they don't clash with the school timetable. 

Young people we worked with in the last year have gained offers from visual creative courses from 13 different Higher Education Institutions including:

  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Dundee
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • University of St. Andrew's
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of the Arts London

What people say about our programme

"I really enjoyed myself. It was different but now I think I would like to become a student at GSA in the future." - S4 Taster Week participant

"Finding out more about my creative options was so important. I never even knew about some of the degrees on offer before I came to this course." - S5 Portfolio Course participant

"I learned so much from working in a studio, having access to all the different materials was really good because it allowed me to experiment with my work more. The course has helped me massively in applying to art school." - S6 Portfolio Course participant