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 Programme is designed specifically for international students. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Art and Design through studio-led practice. It provides specialised projects and tuition by a dedicated staff team in the International Foundation studios. The course supports students’ emerging creative practices and provides tailored teaching in preparation for specialist undergraduate study and is made up of 4 components: Studio Practice (Art and Design), Cross School Projects, English Language (for students with an IELTS score 6.0 or below), Critical Theory. Completion of the International Foundation supports students’ applications for entry into Year 2 of GSA undergraduate degree programmes in the School of Fine Art, School of Design and Innovation School or other institutions in the UK. All IFP students participate in the interdisciplinary courses, Co-Lab 1 and Co-Lab 2, which involve all Year 1 students studying at Mackintosh School of Architecture (MSA), the School of Design (SofD), the School of Fine Art (SoFA), the School of Innovation and Technology. This arrangement allows Foundation students to integrate with fellow students studying in the GSA UG programmes and experience a critical aspect of the Year 1 GSA student experience.

How to Apply

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

Jingjing Ke, Interaction Design, 2023.

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.

Katie Smith, Communication Design, 2023.

Graduate destinations

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Indicative Programme Costs

Current Programme Specification

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.

Yimei Lu, MDes Fashion & Textiles, 2023.

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.

Gabriel Christys, Painting and Printmaking, 2023.

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.

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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.

Poppy Fraser. Painting & Printmaking, 2023.
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