Widening Participation Programme >

We have created a challenging and engaging programme of courses, workshops, and events to inspire the young people we work with. 

S4 Taster Courses

This is the perfect opportunity for pupils to find out if studying a visual creative course is for them. Pupils join us on the GSA campus for five days to take part in a range of creative activities in one of our studios. A visit to a gallery or museum is built into every S4 Taster Course to help pupils learn more about contemporary art, design and architecture. It’s a great chance for young people to make new friends from other schools. S4 Taster Courses take place four times per year in summer, autumn, winter and spring.

S5 Portfolio Course

This is a 10 week course for pupils in S5 who are thinking about studying a visual creative course when they leave secondary school. The course is made up of a number of short creative projects including an introduction to sketchbooks, experimental drawing and working in 3D. The course culminates in a group crit where pupils show all of the work they’ve made on the course to discuss the strengths and areas for development in each person’s work. 

This course is led by tutor Abdi Adam who is a graduate from Communication Design at GSA and now an award winning illustrator and visual artist.

S6 Portfolio Course

This is a 20 week course for pupils in S6 who plan to submit an application to study a visual creative course in 2018/19. The course has been designed carefully to give pupils a number of creative projects that will help them generate high quality work for their portfolio. The course covers many key skills including life drawing, sketchbooks, and research. Pupils on this course are able to use the GSA Library. They can borrow books and use the photocopiers to help them develop the ideas which underpin their work.

This course is led by Catriona Reid, a GSA graduate from Sculpture and Environmental Art and practising artist.

Architecture Portfolio Course

This is a 10 week course for pupils in S5 or S6 who are interested in studying architecture when they leave secondary school. The course takes place in the Mackintosh School of Architecture studios and is designed to give pupils the knowledge and skills needed to compile a strong portfolio of work specifically for architecture courses.

Special Events

We work with our friends from across the creative sector in Scotland to offer exciting opportunities for our pupils. In the past, we’ve run joint projects with organisations such as Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Street Level Photoworks and The Lighthouse.

Application Support

We help pupils through every stage of the application process to GSA. This includes giving impartial advice about UCAS Personal Statement, e-folio guidance, interview support workshops and one-to-one mock interviews. 

Becoming a GSA student

We run a bespoke course for pupils from our target schools who receive an offer to study a degree programme at GSA. This includes a tour of the annual GSA Degree Show and a five day studio based course in September before degree programmes begin.