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GSA aims to foster creativity and critical thinking through pedagogy, research and studio culture producing independent and outward looking faculty and graduates who work and collaborate locally, nationally and internationally. We seek to be socially and environmentally responsible as we explore the relation between tradition and innovation as a means for improving the lived experiences of citizens
The Innovation School at GSA operates on both a European (MEDes) and a global level (North/South America, Asia, SE Asia, Africa). Collaborations and partnerships extend from student mobility to shared research projects.
The annual Innovation School "Winter School" hosted in the Highlnd campus each January has involvement from Schools across Europe (KISD/Cologne; Royal Academy/Copenhagen; Elisava/Barcelona) and beyond, with presentations by faculty from around the world.
GSA and the School of Design operates across Glasgow and beyond, to Scotland and the UK, working with commercial enterprises, social innovation units, the Scottish & UK Governments to identify ways in which the lives of citizens can be addressed and improved through collaborative engagement and creative practice.
Design Innovation for social engagement, creative collaboration, health & wellbeing, art & design pedagogy, architectural urbanism
Faculties and Departments
Innovation, Fine Art, Design, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Simulation & Visualisation
Bachelor Level Programs
B.Des Product Design, B.Des Design for Health & Well-Being, B.Eng Product Design Engineering, B.Des Fashion & Textiels, BA Interior Design, BA Communication Design, BA Digital Culture, BA Silversmithing & Jewellery, BA (Hons) Environmental Art, Sculpture, Painting & Printmaking, Architecture, BSc Immersive Systems Design (3D Modelling/Games & Virtual Reality); B.Des Sound for the Moving Image;
Bachelor Degrees are 4 years in duration (with Honours)
Master Level Programs
MEDes (Integrated Masters) in European Design (PD) – 5 years
MEng in Product Design Engineering (PDE) – 5 years
M.Des in Design Innovation, Interior Design, Fashion & Textiles, Communication Design are all 1 year in duration. M.Litt Fine Art is 1 year, MFA Fine Art is 2 years.
M.Des Design Innovation & Service Design
M.Des Design Innovation & Citizenship
M.Des Design Innovation & Environmental Design
M.Des Design Innovation & Interaction Design
M.Des Design Innovation & Transformation Design
M.Des Design Innovation & Collaborative creativity
Research Activity and Main Areas
Design-led Innovation, Creative Pedagogy, Health & Wellbeing, Future Living, New Contexts for Design Practice, Emerging Practices & Methods
Doctorate Level Programs
Design, Fine Art, Architecture, Design/Art History, Innovation, Simulation & Visualisation (Digital)
Subject Areas for Exchange Students
All areas/programmes of undergraduate design, innovation and fine art are available for exchange.
The Mackintosh School of Architecture also has opportunities for student mobility.
Exchanges are accepted in Semester 1 and 2, deadlines for each are published on the GSA website.
All programmes are delivered in English
Semester 1 – September – December Semester 2 – January – June
Semester 3 (postgraduate only) June – September
Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)
1000 Euros per month