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. Applications are reviewed on a cyclical basis from November - August. We guarantee to review all applications received before 3 February for 2017 entry. 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.

Note: The following design programmes close to new international applicants (overseas fee paying) for 2017 entry at 5:00pm (BST) on 12 May. New applications submitted by international applicants to these programmes after 12 May 2017 will be considered for 2018 entry. The programmes are: Master of Design in Communication Design (Year One entry), Master of Design in Graphic Design, Master of Design in Illustration, Master of Design in Interior Design, Master of Design in Photography and Master of Science in Product Design Engineering. 

This is due to the large number of high quality applications from international applicants already received for 2017 entry. These programmes remain open to new applications from Home/RUK and EU based applicants. 

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
Now Online (November 2016)

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 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