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Applying to Postgraduate Programmes at the 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.


Application Timetable for postgraduate taught programmes – September 2023 entry

Postgraduate taught applications will open on 15 October 2022.

Round                Deadline To Apply           Decision

Early                      11 November 2022            20 January 2023

Standard 1             27 January 2023                10 March 2023

Standard 2             10 March 2023                  28 April 2023

Late                        9 June 2023                      21 July 2023

Final deadline for applicants requiring a visa is 28 July 2023

The final date for receipt of applications where a student needs a visa to study at GSA will be 28 July 2023. For students who do not require a visa, applications will stay open until there are no places left on the programme.

Guaranteed Review
All complete applications received by the Standard 1 deadline to apply of 27 January 2023 will be reviewed. Where programmes are over-subscribed, we cannot guarantee to review applications received after this date.

GSA scholarships
Students wishing to apply for a GSA scholarship should ensure their application is submitted by the Standard 2 deadline of 10 March 2023. This ensures they have time to receive an offer of their place, this is required in advance of submitting scholarship application.

Interviews
Interviews will take place on a rolling basis and candidates invited for interview will be asked to select a convenient date.  For School of Design programmes interviews will be conducted within the following dates:

Round                              Interview dates

Early                                  28 November - 2 December 2022

Standard 1                          20 February - 3 March 2023

Standard 2                          3 April - 21 April 2023

Late                                     3 July - 14 July 2023

 

Application Forms

Application forms must be submitted before 13:00 (UK time) on the relevant applicant deadline date above in order to be considered within that review period.

Application Forms submitted after 13:00 (UK time) on any applicant deadline date above will automatically move to the next review period.

You can find links to online Application Forms for all Postgraduate programmes below:

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


Digital Portfolio

Digital portfolios must be submitted before 23:59 (UK time) on the relevant applicant deadline date above in order to be considered within that review period.

Applicants to programmes that require a Digital Portfolio will be provided with login details for the Digital Portfolio website within 1 working day of submitting their completed application form. 

Applicants who submit their completed application form on an Applicant Deadline date above, before 13:00 (UK time), will be sent log-in details on the same day before 16:00 (UK time). Applicants who submit their application form after 13:00 (UK time) on any applicant deadline date above will not be invited to upload their Digital Portfolio on the same day and will automatically move to the next review period.

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