How to Apply


The issues affecting the availability of The Glasgow School of Art’s online application system have now been resolved.

Because of any inconvenience caused by downtime on the application site we have extended the deadline for applications to our graduate programmes until 10th January 2020. Links to the application site are available below.

Applying to Graduate Programmes at GSA

For applications relating to doctoral studies or our Master of Research programme, 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 programme. We guarantee to review all applications received before 14 February for 2020 entry. Early application is encouraged in order to avoid disappointment.

Applications are reviewed on a cyclical basis from November – August as shown below. Your application will need to be complete by the date shown to enter that review round. 

Applicant Deadline

Decision Date by

3rd January 2020

24th January 2020

14th February 2020

20th March 2020

3rd April 2020

1st May 2020

22nd May 2020

19th June 2020

Applications received after 22nd May

Rolling basis after 19th June

7th August 2020 international applications


At the bottom of the page are links 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 (see links below)
  •  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)

Application Forms Online

Fine Art
PG Cert (Learning + Teaching/ Supervision)

All portfolios must be submitted electronically. Applicants to programmes that require a Portfolio will be provided with log-in details for the Portfolio website and details on how to submit and requirements after the application form is received. 

English Language Requirement
The Glasgow School of Art expects all students to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which for UK students is normally shown by a pass in Higher or GCSE English. 

International students required to evidence their English language proficiency by sitting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) will be asked to complete an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test taken at a UKVI approved test. Details of the level of English required are listed under each School below. A full list of UKVI approved test centres can be found here.

School of Simulation and Visualisation
The following School of Simulation and Visualisation programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
MDes Sound For the Moving Image
MSc Serious Games & Virtual Reality
MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy
MSc Heritage Visualisation

School of Design
The following School of Design programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
MDes Fashion and Textiles
MDes Interior Design
MDes Communication Design
MDes Graphics
MDes Illustration
MDes Photography
MSc Product Design Engineering

School of Fine Art
Programmes in the School of Fine Art require an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component.

Mackintosh School of Architecture
Programmes in the Mackintosh School of Architecture require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component.

Innovation School
The following Innovation School programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
MDes Design Innovation & Service Design
MDes Design Innovation & Citizenship
MDes Design Innovation & Collaborative Creativity
MDes Design Innovation & Environmental Design
MDes Design Innovation & Interaction Design
MDes Design Innovation & Transformation Design

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    

Further information on the programmes is available from   

Further information on applications to Diploma or Masters Programmes in Architecture, please contact

Further information on applications to the School of Simulation and Visualisation programmes, please contact