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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.

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 - 2022 entry
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

Update:  The programmes listed below closed to applications at 13:00 (UK Time) on Friday 12 August 2022. We are unable to consider any late applications. If you successfully submitted your application form before the deadline above, you will be sent login details for the GSA Digital Portfolio website. You will then have until 23:59 (UK Time) on Thursday 18 August 2022 to submit your Digital Portfolio for consideration. Should you fail to submit your Digital Portfolio by the deadline above, your application will be withdrawn.

  • MDes Communication Design
  • MDes Graphics
  • MDes Illustration
  • MDes Photography
  • MDes Interior Design
  • MDes Fashion and Textiles
  • 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 Timetable - 2023 entry
Postgraduate applications will open on 15 October 2022.

 

Round                Deadline To Apply                         Decision

Early                   11 Nov 2022                      20 Jan 2023

Standard 1          27 Jan 2023                      10 Mar 2023

Standard 2          10 Mar 2023                       28 Apr 2023

Late                    9 June 2023                       21 Jul 2023

Final                    28 Jul 2023 (students requiring a visa)

 

School of Design

Interviews in the School of Design will be conducted in the following dates:

Round                                     Interview Dates

Early                              28 November - 2 December 2022

Standard 1                     20 February - 3 March 2023

Standard 2                     3 - 21 April 2023

Late                              3 - 14 July 2023

 

Students wishing to apply for a GSA scholarship should ensure their application is submitted by the Standard 2 deadline of 10 March 2023 in order to ensure they have time to receive an offer of their place prior to submitting a scholarship application.

 

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