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Applying to Graduate Programmes at GSA

How to Apply
Applications for postgraduate programmes should be made directly to the School.
Required documents for most programmes are as follows:

  • Completed Online Application Form
  • Digital Portfolio
  • Statement of Intent (a concise critical
  • self-evaluation of your work and the reasons for wishing to join the programme at GSA, approx. 500 words)
  • Evidence of Academic Qualifications (Certified photocopies/Transcripts)
  • Academic References x 2
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency e.g. IELTS (if appropriate)
  • Copy of Passport (if appropriate)


Doctoral Study
We enrol MPhil and PhD students in September each year. See details of, how to apply and what to submit here.

Guaranteed Review
All complete applications received by 28 January 2022 will be reviewed. Where programmes are over-subscribed we can not guarantee to review applications received after this date.

Application Timetable
Postgraduate applications will open on 25 October 2021, with students being able to submit a digital portfolio from mid-November. Early application is encouraged to ensure a place on a programme.

Programmes in the School of Design
Applications to programmes in the School of Design will be processed in three rounds: Standard 1; Standard 2 and Late. We guarantee to review all complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline date of 28 January 2022. After this date, programmes can become full and close to applications in advance of the Standard 2 and Late rounds. Early application is therefore encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Round                Deadline To Apply           Interviews               Decision

Standard 1                28 Jan 2022               21 Feb– 4 Mar 2022         18 Mar 2022

Standard 2               18 Mar 2022               11 Apr–22 Apr 2022          29 Apr 2022

Late                          10 June 2022                 4 Jul–8 Jul 2022             22 Jul 2022

Your application will need to be fully complete to enter a round.

School of Design Postgraduate Taught programmes include:

  • MDes Fashion and Textiles
  • MDes Interior Design
  • MDes Communication Design
  • MDes Graphics
  • MDes Illustration
  • MDes Photography
  • MSc Product Design Engineering

Further guidance on applying to School of Design programmes can be accessed below:

All Other Programmes

Application received by             Decision communication by

        3 Dec 2021                                                  28 Jan 2022

        28 Jan 2022                                               18 Mar 2022

       18 Mar 2022                                               6 May 2022

       6 May 2022                                                 24 Jun 2022

       10 Jun 2022                                                22 Jul 2022

Interviews for these programmes will be head on a rolling basis and candidates invited for interview will be asked to select a convenient date.

The final date for receipt of applications where a student needs a visa to study at GSA will be 12 August 2022.

Students wishing to apply for a GSA scholarship should ensure their application to study is submitted no later than 18 March 2022. 

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


Further information about applying to these progranmes is available here.

UKVI Requirements 
Full information about Student Visa requirements is available here


Further information
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 simvis@gsa.ac.uk