English for Creative Disciplines

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

To apply, download the application form at the bottom of the page, fill it in and send it directly to the Pre-Sessional Administrator at pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk


The course features a combination of formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment relies on regular homework submissions via Language Portfolio, drafts of written work and, most importantly, active class participation. The summative assessment entails written and spoken assignments. Both formative and summative assessments are considered when writing progress reports and awarding the final grades. For details of assessment, please refer to the Student Guide on this page.

The cost of the programme includes tuition fees and access to online materials via a course virtual learning platform (please note the materials will not be provided in printed form). It is payable in full, 14 days after being issued an offer. There are three different costs depending on the length of the programme chosen (the number of modules) - see the section below for details.

Anna Rolinska

Programme Overview

The Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines course is a discipline-specialist language and study skills course tailored to the needs of international students who have been offered a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate course at GSA on the condition that they improve their English up to a level required by a given GSA programme.

It is an intensive and demanding course that offers a unique opportunity to study English and essential academic skills in the context of the creative disciplines (Art, Design and Architecture), their specialist learning methodologies, practices and processes. This means the course is far different from conventional language courses that for example focus on exam preparation, grammar or vocabulary practice.

The course combines content and language to create optimal conditions for contextualised language practice as well as inquiry- and project-based learning to help the students develop as language learners, creative practitioners and life-long learners. Based on the feedback from past students and GSA programme leaders, such an innovative approach is appreciated and crucial in allowing the students to transition successfully onto their prospective programmes.

Details of the curriculum, assessments, timetable and technologies used on the course are explained in the Student Guide.

The course comprises three modules, each built around a relevant theme and studio project and each progressively more challenging. In Summer 2022, the modules will be delivered as follows:

  • Module 1: fully online, via a combination of a virtual learning platform and Zoom (videoconferencing platform)
  • Modules 2 and 3: blended, combining face-to-face and online learning, on campus

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines course, students must have a conditional offer for any GSA programme which requires them to improve their language skills up to a level required by the prospective programme. These requirements will be different for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and so they affect the entry requirements for the Pre-Sessional course.

Applicants must also have a UKVI approved English test, such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Pearson PTE Academic UKVI, taken within 2 years of the proposed course start date.

Depending on the student’s current English language scores and the GSA UG/PG programme, the student can choose from three different course lengths: 12, 8 and 4 weeks. 

Please refer to these Entry Requirements documents for details:

If you need further help with interpreting your language scores, contact the Pre-Sessional Administrator.

If the student already meets the language requirements of the prospective GSA programme, they are welcome to apply for the PSE course too; many students have done so in the past and they appreciated the opportunity of an extended induction to the GSA campus, teaching and assessment methods and content related to art, design and architecture.

12-week course

The 12-week course covers Modules 1, 2 + 3; Module 1 will be delivered online and Modules 2 and 3 in blended format on campus.

The application deadline is 20 May 2022.

The course start date is 6 June 2022. Induction activities will take place in the week prior to the course start date with an online live session on the morning (GMT) on 3 June 2022. 

The tuition fee is £4,150.

There are no classes on 4-7 July 2022 to allow for travel to the UK. There is an in-person induction session on 8 July 2022. 

8-week course

The 8-week course covers Modules 2 + 3; these two modules will be delivered in blended format, on campus.

The application deadline is 24 June 2022.

The course start date is 11 July 2022. Induction activities will take place online in the morning (GMT) on 1 July, and on campus on 8 July 2022.

The tuition fee is £3,100.

4-week course

The 4-week course covers Module 3; this module will be delivered in blended format, on campus.

The application deadline is 22 July 2022.

The course start date is 8 August 2022. Induction activities will take on 5 August 2022 (partly online and partly in person).
The tuition fee is £1,700.

Entry requirements

Please refer to these Entry Requirements documents for details:

Making an application

Download the application form here and email it to pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk along with a copy of your offer letter and current English language qualification.


Any enquiries can be made to pre-sessional@gsa.ac.uk


Accommodation is available at Blythswood House, situated in the centre of Glasgow. Further information can be found here. Please state that you are attending the Pre-Sessional English course at GSA when making enquiries.