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All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education. For detailed information on our relationship with the University of Glasgow please see the link below.

For all programmes validated by the University of Glasgow, the Regulations are located here:

‍What does it mean when a Programme is 'Subject to Validation'?

At The Glasgow School of Art, we regularly review, enhance and update the programmes we offer to ensure the curriculum is current, that students have a high-quality academic experience and are prepared for successful careers or further study. This is called 'Validation', and is a rigorous approval process to assure the quality of our programmes and the student learning experience.

 In our Strategic Plan 2022 – 2027 we outlined our commitment over the next few years to review our programmes to equip our students for the world with core literacies in social justice and climate action, digital literacy and collaboration and to ensure our programmes and curricula are contemporary – collaborate, challenging, internationally orientated, inter-cultural and decolonised.  

To achieve this, we may revise the structure of programmes, add new courses, or update existing courses. As this happens, the Programmes are advertised as 'subject to validation' on our website. This is to inform you that the Programme you are looking at may not yet be finalised or is undergoing changes – even if these changes are very small.

Validation is undertaken with the involvement of academic staff, students, external examiners, and employers and approved by our internal Academic Council and The University of Glasgow Academic Standards Committee.