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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 and to avoid disapointment. We guarantee to review all applications received before 12 February for 2021 entry. 

Applications are reviewed on a cyclical basis from November – August as shown below. Your application will need to be complete by the date shown to enter that review round. 

For programmes that require you to submit a portfolio, please note your application will not be complete until you submit your portfolio to our Digital Portfolio website.

In order to be considered in the relevant review stage below, you must submit your completed application form by 12:00 noon (GMT) on the Applicant Deadline date. Applicants should then submit their Digital Portfolio by 4:00pm (GMT) if they wish to be included in that review stage. Submissions made after these times will automatically move to the next review stage. 

Applicant Deadline

Decision Date by

16th November 2020

8th January 2021

11th December 2020

29th January 2021

12th February 2021

12th March 2021

2nd April 2021

7th May 2021

21st  May 2021

18th June 2021

Applications received after 22nd May

Rolling basis after 18th June

8th August 2021 international applications

 

At the bottom of the page are links to guidelines for individual programmes, including the  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 Online

Architecture
Design
Innovation
Fine Art
Simulation/Visualisation
PG Cert (Learning + Teaching/ Supervision)


Portfolio
All portfolios must be submitted digitally. Applicants to programmes that require a Digital Portfolio will be provided with log-in details for the Digital Portfolio Site within 1 working day of submitting their completed application form. Applicants who submit their completed application form on the final Applicant Deadline date above (before 12 noon GMT) will be sent log-in details on the same day. This email will also include instructions on how to submit your portfolio to our Digital Portfolio Site.

English Language Requirement
The Glasgow School of Art expects all students to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which for UK students is normally shown by a pass in Higher or GCSE English. 

For international students required to evidence their English language proficiency, the GSA’s preferred test is the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test taken at a UKVI approved test centre. A full list of other tests that may be presented can be found here.

A full list of UKVI approved test centres can be found here.

School of Simulation and Visualisation
The following School of Simulation and Visualisation programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each component.
MDes Sound For the Moving Image
MSc Serious Games & Virtual Reality
MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy
MSc Heritage Visualisation

School of Design
The following School of Design programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each component.
MDes Fashion and Textiles
MDes Interior Design
MDes Communication Design
MDes Graphics
MDes Illustration
MDes Photography
MSc Product Design Engineering

School of Fine Art
The following School of Fine Art programmes require an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each component:
Master of Fine Art
MLitt Fine Art Practice

The following School of Fine Art programme requires an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each component:
MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)

The following School of Fine Art programme requires an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each component:
MLitt Art Writing

Mackintosh School of Architecture

Programmes in the Mackintosh School of Architecture require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component.

Innovation School
The following Innovation School programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each component.
MDes Design Innovation & Service Design
MDes Design Innovation & Citizenship
MDes Design Innovation & Collaborative Creativity
MDes Design Innovation & Environmental Design
MDes Design Innovation & Interaction Design
MDes Design Innovation & Transformation Design

UKVI Requirements 
Full information about 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 admissions@gsa.ac.uk    

Further information on the programmes is available from info@gsa.ac.uk   

Further information on applications to Diploma or Masters Programmes in Architecture, please contact architectureadmissions@gsa.ac.uk .

Further information on applications to the School of Simulation and Visualisation programmes, please contact a.mcallister@gsa.ac.uk

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