English for Creative Disciplines

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Apply online - see link on right hand side of page


The Course features a combination of formative and summative assessments. The former focuses on informal and formal procedures throughout the duration of the Course which allow the teacher and the student to monitor the progress and adjust teaching and learning in order to ensure staying on track. The latter aims to evaluate the student learning at given points of the Course, for example mid-course and at the end to decide if it matches the required standards, for example exit requirements at the end of the Course.

12 weeks from 11 June 2018

The cost of the programme including tutition, materials and course related field trips (but not accommodation) is £3,800 and is payable in full, prior to students being issued with their CAS.

Anna Rolinska

Programme Overview

The Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines Course constitutes a 3-month discipline-specialist language provision tailored to the needs of international students who have been offered a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate course at GSA on the condition that they improve their English up to a level required by a given GSA programme.

This intensive bridging programme offers a unique opportunity to study English and essential academic skills in the context of the creative disciplines (Art, Design and Architecture), their specialist learning methodologies, practices and processes, enriched by immersion in the British and Scottish culture.

Based on close entwining of content and language as well as inquiry-based learning, the Course intends to help the students not only to improve their language skills but also develop discipline-specific practices and so successfully transition to study on their prospective programmes.

Entry Requirements

In order to apply for the Pre-Sessional Course in the Creative Disciplines the students have to have a conditional offer for any GSA course which requires them to improve their language skills up to a level required by the prospective course. These requirements will be different for UG and PG courses and so they affect the entry requirements for the Pre-Sessional Course.

Entry requirements for students offered a place on a programme that requires an overall score of IELTS 6.0 are:

  • IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall
  • A minimum score of 5.0 in Listening and Reading
  • A minimum score of 5.5 in Writing and Speaking

Entry requirements for students offered a place on a programme that requires an overall score of IELTS 6.5 are:

  • IELTS for UKVI 6.0 overall
  • A minimum score of 5.5 in Listening and Reading
  • A minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking

IELTs must have been taken at an approved test centre within 2 years of the proposed course start date.


Accommodation is available at Blythswood House, situated in the centre of Glasgow. Further information can be found here. Please state that you are attending the Pre-Sessional English course at GSA when making enquiries.


Apply online - application form here.

Any enquiries can be made to pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk