How to Apply

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 9 February for 2018 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.

Complete application received by       Final decision communicated by

10 November 2017                                            10 December 2017

8 December 2017                                              12 January 2018

9 February 2018                                                2 March 2018

9 March 2018                                                    30 March 2018

6 April 2018                                                      27 April 2018

27 April 2018                                                    1 June 2018

8 June 2018                                                      29 June 2018

29 June 2018                                                    20 July 2018

20 July 2018                                                     10 August 2018

10 August 2018                                                 24 August 2018


The features 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 (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)

As you may have seen on the news, a major fire started in the GSA’s Mackintosh Building on The Glasgow School of Art’s Garnethill campus, Glasgow on Friday 15 June 2018. Please note that we are still accepting new postgraduate applications and are continuing to process applications as closely as possible within our published timelines.

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 Building, 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 IELTS for UKVI (Academic) at 6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in each component) from a UKVI approved test centre. a full list of UKVI approved test centres can be found here

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