The Photography Programme at The Glasgow School of Art has an
international reputation for excellence. Established in 1982, it
was the first programme of its kind in Europe to award a BA(Hons)
Degree in Fine Art Photography and has produced successive
generations of successful graduates, many of whom are now leaders
in their field.
For us, the invention of photography, and the birth of the
modern age could be said to be simultaneous. The momentum of the
industrial and post-industrial revolutions advanced photography at
an incredible rate, from its low-tech photomechanical beginnings to
its current digital, state-of-the-art technologies.
So, photography is a medium for which a blend of art and
technology is fundamental. A blend of conceptual, aesthetic and
technological awareness makes the use of photography one of the
most relevant artist's mediums of this age.
The power of photography - seen everywhere, used by everyone -
is sometimes easy to forget. However, it would be hard to imagine a
world without photography and we look forward to sharing that world
The BA (Hons) Fine Art is a four year, full-time degree
programme and students are recruited into one of three specialist
departments (Photography, Painting and Printmaking, Sculpture and
The Fine Art programme employs a variety of learning and
teaching methods which may alter and adapt according to the
perceived needs of students. The main methods of programme delivery
are lectures, seminars, artists' presentations and group
discussions, tutorials, progress reviews. projects, group crits,
workshops, students' exhibitions, field trips, independent study,
and formative and summative assessments. In addition to this, the
School provides students with opportunities to take part in
placements, residences and exchanges. All students undertake a
programme of study in the Forum for Critical Inquiry.
In addition to applications for first year level entry, the
School also welcomes applications for second and, exceptionally,
third year level entry from suitably qualified applicants.
Forum for Critical
A element of the programme is delivered by the Forum for
Critical Inquiry (FoCI) The Forum is an essential component of the
programme. For most of the four years of undergraduate programmes
in design and fine art, one day per week of the student timetable
is allocated to the Forum. It is a cross-school and
externally linked critical mass of diverse research expertise in
broad-based critical studies for contemporary creative practices in
design, art and architecture.
The range of teaching styles varies from traditional keynote
lectures to interactive discussion groups and experiential
learning. Courses are constructed in order to both underpin studio
practice and to open out and extend the range of student
All students are required to attend lectures and discussion
groups, to make oral presentations, to write essays and in the
final year, to present a piece of personal research in the form of
an Extended Essay (20% of the final degree mark) or a Dissertation
(30% of the final degree mark).
Students requiring learning support are provided with additional
teaching tailored to individual needs. Each student also has a
departmental contact tutor who acts in an advisory and pastoral
capacity in relation to progress in Forum for Critical Inquiry.