Painting & Printmaking

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Institution Name: GSA
Institution Code: G43
UCAS Code: W120


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, practical design projects. Formative (i.e. advisory) assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative (final, graded) 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.

All students have access to their own studio space, and electronic media resources in the Media Studio. Printmaking facilities include a range of presses (offset proofing; stone lithography; etching; Columbian relief), Zinc-plate stone and photographic litho are also catered for and there is a purpose-designed acid room, photo-etch and photo-polymer facilities and a number of Kippax and Natgraph vacuum beds. There is also a Natgraph self-contained exposure unit.

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.

Visual arts, curation, arts publishing, writing, education, arts administration, gallery work, and work in the wider creative industries. Graduates of the programme include some of Scotland’s leading artists including Lesley Banks, Steven Campbell, Robert Colquhoun, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Conroy, Ken Currie, Emilio Coia, Joan Eardley, Peter Howson, Margaret Hunter, Jack Knox, Toby Paterson, Jenny Saville and Alison Watt

Head of Department
Dr Zoë Mendelson

Sara Barker
Laurie Figgis
Dr Marianne Greated (Reader in Painting)
Annette Heyer
Louise Hopkins
Lynn Hynd
Dr Graham Lister
Craig Mulholland
Susanne Nielsen
Fiona Robertson
Eddie Stewart
Dr Michael Stubbs (Reader in Contemporary Painting)
Dr Amanda Thomson
Hanneline Visnes
Richard Walker

Programme Overview

Painting and Printmaking is the largest specialist programme within the School of Fine Art. The programme of study is practical and theoretical, focusing on enquiry and production in a lively studio environment. Students are led by their own research and supported to draw together form, content and contextualisation.

The programme aims to equip students with material and technical knowledges, critical insights and tools of communication. It supports them to shape and pursue careers in the visual arts or related cultural fields.

Each year is designed to buildupon the previous year in terms of technical development, content, reflection and research. Students are supported to connect with histories and legacies of art-making alongside contemporary discourse, before developing their own personal and collective study paths and programmes of work in the final year.

Through bespoke tuition and collective discussion, staff engage students in acquiring reflective, critical and practical skills essential to art-making. All students will be exposed to an appropriately inclusive and wide range of views and approaches to painting and printmaking practices.


An awareness of histories and applications of painting alongside contemporary debate are all fundamental to our programme of study, which acknowledges and critiques painting’s legacies, and prioritises experiment and innovation.

Painting at The Glasgow School of Art reflects the complex and changing conditions, ethics and currencies of art-making, responding to new ideas and encouraging innovation. Painting is understood as a vehicle of thought, a capture technology and an intellectual discipline capable of expressive powers. The programme encompasses a wide range of approaches to the subject and students have the opportunity to extend their work, in addition to printmaking, into an expanded field, including exhibition-making.


Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art is rooted in an exploration of visual representation and dissemination aligned to the materials, processes and formats of established and developing technologies.

Students will be given the tools to negotiate relationships between reproduction and expression, the original and the copy, fine art and the distribution of information. Teaching will support the development of an awareness of the print as both a singular and distributable form of visual art. The programme provides the resources for creation of work in print informed by critical debate and the social environment.

The three main areas of technical provision in the workshops at The Glasgow School of Art are etching, lithography and silkscreen. There are also extensive facilities for relief printing, photo-mechanical and reprographic processing, textile printing and a comprehensive print-specific digital imaging suite.

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.