Sculpture & Environmental Art

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Institution Name: GSA
Institution Code: G43
UCAS Code: W130


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 assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative 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.

Studio accommodation is spacious, with dedicated space for each student. The Department has excellently equipped workshops, including mould-making and casting and 3D making workshops, staffed by experienced technicians. Extensive use is also made of the Media Studio, which offers facilities in computers, digital sound, video and editing.

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.

Graduates + Careers
The Sculpture and Environmental Art Programmes have produced many of the leading artists who have put Glasgow in the forefront of the contemporary international art world. Recent graduates include
Claire Barclay, Karla Black (Turner Prize nominee 2011 and Venice Biennale Scotland 2011), Christine Borland, Martin Boyce, represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2009 and Turner Prize nominee 2011, Roderick Buchanan, winner of the Beck's Futures Prize in 2000, Paul Carter, Graham Fagen, Douglas Gordon, Kenny Hunter.

Some of our graduates have established innovative organisations such as Proboscis in London and ArtCore in the USA. Others have moved very successfully into other related cultural areas such as the music industry, theatre, film and performance.

Head of Department
Dr Roddy Hunter



Sue Brind
Justin Carter
Alan Currall
Peter McCaughey
Shauna McMullan
Becky Sik
Professor Ross Sinclair
Stephanie Smith
Michael Stumpf
Clara Ursitti

Programme Overview

Sculpture & Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art is one of the few specialist undergraduate programmes in the UK, and the only one in Scotland, dedicated to exploring relationships between object-making, art in public and social engagement, underpinned by contemporary critical and cultural debates and conditions.

While Sculpture has been taught at the Glasgow School of Art since the 19th century, the introduction of Environmental Art in the mid-1980s and the creation of a single, integrated programme in 2001 has led to a pioneering, influential and cross-disciplinary approach to fine art education and contemporary art practice.

The scope of Sculpture has widened, extending the conventional boundaries of object making to encompass both traditional and contemporary materials and media. The language of spatial and material practice taught on the programme is based on construction, casting and fabrication and extends through to more time-based art practices such as video, performance and installation. The programme recognises and embraces this breadth, actively encouraging students to think independently and critically to gain command of the conceptual and technical processes appropriate to the expanded field of Sculpture & Environmental Art. 

The programme attracts talented and motivated students internationally committed to becoming practising artists driven by the question of the artist's role in society and the relevance of contemporary art practice to an ever-broadening range of audiences and contexts. Sculpture & Environmental Art is taught by practising artists and researchers at the forefront of the field and is designed for students dedicated to achieving both artistic excellence and cultural relevance in our fast-changing world.

Renowned for our globally successful and locally engaged practising alumni, including Turner Prize winners and nominees past and present, Sculpture & Environmental Art is a diverse community of practice situated within Glasgow's distinct and dynamic artistic and cultural ecology.

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.