How to Apply

Applying to Graduate Programmes at GSA

For application relating to doctoral studies, please refer to the programme pages.

Programmes begin in September. Although there are no application deadlines early application is encouraged in order to ensure a place on the progamme. Applications are reviewed on a cyclical basis from November - August. We guarantee to review all applications received before 30 January. Early application is encouraged and for certain programmes that regularly fill up in January - e.g. our MFA programme - this is advised in order to avoid disappointment. See the Application Timeline for review dates.

The feature sets below will provide a link to guidelines for individual programmes including the contents of applications and the assessment criteria and process.

As a standard you should prepare the following for most programmes:

  •  Completed Application Form
  •  Personal Statement (approx. 500 words)
  •  Evidence of Academic Qualifications (Certified photocopies/Transcripts)
  •  Academic References (1 or 2)
  •  Evidence of English Language Proficiency e.g. IELTS (if appropriate)
  •  Copy of Passport (if appropriate)


All portfolios must be submitted electronically. Applicants to programmes that require a Portfolio will be provided with log-in details for the Portfolio website after the application form is received. Guidelines on portfolio format and how to upload these can be found by clicking here. Please read the instructions prior to portfolio submission.

Complete applications should be returned to:
Registry, The Glasgow School of Art, Reid Buliding, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF.

Alternatively you may wish to e-mail all the required documents to (please be advised that ZIP files cannot be submitted for consideration).

English Language Requirements

Generally the School expects all students to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which for UK students is normally shown by a Higher or GCSE in English. International applicants will normally be expected to provide evidence of attainment equivalent to:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component). Please note these are minimum scores and a number of programmes have a higher English requirement.


UKVI Requirements 

Full information about Tier 4 Student Visa requirements is available here

Further information
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions link and Guidelines for Applicants on this page and if you need further information about applying to Graduate level study, email    

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