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

S4 Taster Courses

  • Summer: 23 - 27 July 2018
  • Autumn: 15 - 19 October 2018
  • Spring: 8 - 12 April 2019

This is the perfect opportunity for young people in fourth year at secondary school 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 and meet professionals currently working in the creative sector. S4 Taster Courses take place three times per year in summer, autumn and spring.

100% of participants who attended our S4 Taster Courses last year said they had a good experience. 

S5 Portfolio Course

  • Block 1: 5 Aug - 7 Oct 2018
  • Block 2: 14 Oct - 16 Dec 2018
  • Block 3: 13 Jan - 17 Mar 2019

This is a 10-week course for young people in fifth year at secondary school who are thinking about studying a visual creative course at college or univeristy. 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.

100% of participants who completed this course last year said they were more likely to apply to a creative course at college or university. 

S6 Portfolio Course

  • Sunday: 19 Aug 2018 - 13 Jan 2019
  • Wednesday Evening: 22 Aug 2018 - 16 Jan 2019
  • Thursday Evening: 23 Aug 2018 - 17 Jan 2019

This is a 20-week course for pupils in sixth year 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, relevant work suitable for their application portfolio. The course covers many key skills including:

  • how to develop work in response to a creative brief
  • how to use research to enhance practical work
  • how to photograph work for application to visual creative courses at college or university

S6 Portfolio Course participants are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials (provided free of charge) and will gain experience of learning methods at GSA including working in a studio, peer learning, one-to-one tutorials, group critique and self-directed projects. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to submit their work for inclusion in the annual WP Exhibition which runs concurrently with Degree Show. 

Architecture Portfolio Course

  • Tuesday: 2 Oct - 4 Dec 2018
  • Wednesday: 3 Oct - 5 Dec 2018

This is a 10-week course for young people 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.

91% of young people who completed this course in 16/17 applied to Architecture degree programmes and all of them received an offer. 

Special Events

  • Advertised to registered pupils throughout the year

We work with our friends from across the creative sector in Scotland to offer exciting opportunities for our young people. In the past, we’ve run joint projects with creative organisations such as:

We also regularly team up with inspirational independent makers including:

Application Support

We provide impartial advice to young people for every stage of the application process to GSA. This includes UCAS personal statement support, e-folio guidance, an interview support workshop and one-to-one mock interviews. 

Becoming a GSA student

We run a bespoke course for participants we have worked with, who receive an offer to study a degree programme at GSA. This includes a tour of the annual GSA Degree Show in June and a five day studio based course in September before degree programmes begin.