Fine Art Photography

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Institution Name: GSA
Institution Code: G43
UCAS Code: W640


BA(Hons) Fine Art. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Coursework, essays, Formative (i.e. advisory) assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative (final) assessments at the end of each academic year.

Glasgow Clyde College Associate Student Scheme
This programme participates in the scheme supporting year 2 entry to selected programmes at the GSA - find out more here.

Colour negative and slide processing lab; multi-unit black and white darkrooms with enlargers capable of using 35mm, medium format, and 5x4" negs, and able to produce mural size black and white prints; multi-unit digital darkrooms incorporating negative scanners (up to 5x4"), A2 ink jet printers; large scale digital print facilities. Alternative process darkrooms, photographic studios, and a range of print finishing and mounting facilities are also available. An equipment store with a large range of cameras and tripods allows students to take items out on loan. In addition, all Fine Art students have access to electronic media resources in the Media Studio where they can use video editing software, sound and video capture equipment (cameras, mics, sound recorders, etc), and audiovisual presentation equipment (monitors, projectors, speakers, etc).

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

A lab fee or core materials charge of £25 per semester is charged to cover the cost of chemicals, inkjet cartridges, developers etc. Students provide their own film and paper on top of this charge.

Our Graduates Include:
Torsten Lauschmann, Tris Vonna- Michell, Emilia Beatriz, Charles Sandison, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Richard Learoyd, Mads Holm, Kristina Bengtsson, Ewan Morrison, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, Anja Titova, Thomas Bangsted, Lotte Fløe Christensen, Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel & Scullion, Martin Clark and Cara Connolly

Head of Department
Lesley Punton

Anne-Marie Copestake
Caroline Douglas
Jim Hamlyn
Jake Jackson
Christina McBride
Michael Mersinis
Margaret Salmon
John Shankie

Programme Overview

The Photography Programme at The Glasgow School of Art has an international reputation for excellence. Established in 1982, it was the first programme of its kind in Europe to award a BA(Hons) Degree in Fine Art Photography and has produced successive generations of successful graduates, many of whom are now leaders in their field.

For us, the invention of photography, and the birth of the modern age could be said to be simultaneous. The momentum of the industrial and post-industrial revolutions advanced photography at an incredible rate, from its low-tech photomechanical beginnings to its current digital, state-of-the-art technologies.

So, photography is a medium for which a blend of art and technology is fundamental. A blend of conceptual, aesthetic and technological awareness makes the use of photography one of the most relevant artist's mediums of this age.

The power of photography - seen everywhere, used by everyone - is sometimes easy to forget. However, it would be hard to imagine a world without photography and we look forward to sharing that world with you.

BA (Hons) Fine Art is a four year, full-time degree programme and students are recruited into one of three specialist departments (Photography, Painting and Printmaking, Sculpture and Environmental Art).

The Fine Art programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods which may alter and adapt according to the perceived needs of students. The main methods of programme delivery are lectures, seminars, artists' presentations and group discussions, tutorials, progress reviews. projects, group crits, workshops, students' exhibitions, independent study, and formative and summative assessments. In addition to this, the School provides students with opportunities to take part in placements and exchanges in one of our partner institutions across the world in year 3. All students undertake a programme of study in Fine Art Critical Studies.

In addition to applications for first year level entry, the School also welcomes applications for second and, exceptionally, third year level entry from suitably qualified applicants.

Fine Art Critical Studies

As an integral component of your degree course, the department of Fine Art Critical Studies (FACS) provides students with dedicated Learning & Teaching addressing aesthetic, critical, and theoretical issues and debates in fine art and the historical contexts of contemporary art practices in globalised conditions.

Across Years 1-3, FACS courses are taught one day per week via a combination of discipline-specific courses, cross-disciplinary core lectures, and elective courses which evolve from the research of the staff team. In Semester 1 of Year 4, students undertake a Supervised research project following one of four options for written submissions: Critical Journal, Curatorial Rationale, Extended Essay (20 Credits) or Dissertation (40 Credits).

More information on the department and staff profiles can be found here.