Altyre estate, where GSA Highlands & Islands is housed


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GSA’s Highlands & Islands campus is located on the Altyre Estate near Forres, around 27 miles north-east of Inverness, and 125 miles from our main campus in Glasgow. The campus was opened in 2016, and provides an exciting opportunity to engage with local communities, and study in the spectacular surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

The campus occupies a stunning cluster of 19th century Italianate buildings, which have been converted into a world-class creative campus. Students can take advantage of inspiring studio, workshop and exhibition spaces, as well as state of the art areas for research, teaching, prototyping and flexible lab work.

The campus is part of The Innovation School, one of the GSA’s five specialist schools, applying the concept of Design Innovation to the key issues defining contemporary society. The Highlands & Islands campus is home to a closeknit but diverse community of practitioners, researchers and educators: students on three taught masters programmes, self-directed master of research students, PhD candidates and staff engaged in world-leading research.

Learning opportunities are supported by digital and remote teaching methods, as well as short seasonal schools that bring students from around the world together in Forres.

Programmes at the GSA Highlands & Islands 

Innovation School master's programmes

The GSA delivers five Masters of Design Innovation programmes at GSA Highlands & Islands:

These programmes complement the Design Innovation programmes delivered by the Innovation School at the GSA's campus in Glasgow. 

Postgraduate Research

The Innovation School's Postgraduate Research portfolio comprises other masters and PhD Programmes offered across both The Glasgow School of Art campuses in Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow.

More information on the full range of taught masters and research degrees is available at the following links:

The Innovation School

The Innovation School (formerly the Institute of Design Innovation) is a research institute at the GSA and has been based in the Highlands and Islands since 2010. We are located in both Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands in order to teach and research across both urban and geographically distributed contexts. More information on The Innovation School is available here.


For general enquiries:

+44 (0)1309 678124

For further information around the teaching programmes at GSA Highlands & Islands, please contact Iain Reid at


Innovation School website

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Projects, staff members and research students in Glasgow and Forres