International Foundation (Art and Design)

CertHE and IELTS equivalent of minimum 6.0.
School of Fine Art
International Foundation WW12

Programme Overview

The International Foundation (IF) is a Year 1 programme (SCQF 7) taught over one academic year that introduces students to the basic principles of Art and Design at HE level. The programme acts as a bridge into the study of undergraduate Art and Design where students can explore their creative practice before choosing an area of specialist study. Learning and teaching is delivered through studio-based projects alongside bespoke tuition in communication within a creative context. Students graduate from the programme with a Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) and ordinarily progress to Year 2 (SCQF 8) of UG programmes. The programme provides a supportive environment for students whilst they develop their studio work and learn to articulate their understanding of that work in the context of specialist study. Our dedicated programme staff includes studio tutors and English language tutors who work alongside students to develop a shared knowledge and appreciation of Art and Design. Workshops and demonstrations provide students with skills and technical abilities that are applied in response to assigned project briefs. The programme is made up of 5 courses, delivered over two semesters, they include: Foundation Studio 1 (30 credits), Creative Communication (10 credits), Co-Lab: Making Sustainable Practice (20 credits), Foundation Studio 2 (40 credits), Communication in Context (20 credits).


How to Apply

More on How to Apply / Year 1 Entry / Advanced Entry (or getting into Year 2 direct).

Louise Campion, MFA, 2024.

Application Guidelines + Digital Portfolio

Melina Aikaterini Vlachou, 2019

This guide contains important information including entry requirements, English language requirements, the application process and sample portfolios.

Graduate Showcase

Join us for Degree Show - immerse yourself in our digital showcase of graduating students' work and see final year projects from students of this programme.

Lita Murphy, Painting and Printmaking, 2024.

Graduate destinations

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Indicative Programme Costs

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Resource Lists

Visit the library for the specialist reading lists for this programme. Key resources are expected to be read/viewed by all students enrolled on this course during study. You can also find wider and suggested reading on the subject, with many of the contents available to read online once students have enrolled on the programme.

Billy Paterson. Communication Design, 2023.

International Students + VISAs

As one of the leading art schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its programmes. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued.

Kyle Connor, Sound for the Moving Image, 2024..

Exchange & Study Abroad

The Glasgow School of Art has an extensive student and staff exchange programme with about 75 of the world’s leading Art, Design and Architecture schools. These partnerships have been built up over many years through academic relationships and collaborations and extend to all corners of the world.

Rachel Hendry, Interior Design, 2024.

This programme participates in the Glasgow Clyde College Associate Student Scheme

This programme participates in the scheme supporting applicants from their HNC Art & Design to Year 2 of this and other programmes.

This programme is subject to validation

We review the content of our programmes regularly, making changes where necessary to improve the student experience and our graduate prospects.  This programme is being reviewed and is subject validation. You can read more about what ‘Subject to Validation’ means here.

Brogan Vandenio. Fine Art Photography, 2024.
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