Glasgow School of Art Partnership
More than a few internationally recognized artists, designers, and architects have earned their chops in the studios of GSA, one of the few free-standing art schools left in Europe. Students majoring or minoring in art may choose from fine art, design, photography, fashion, textiles, silversmithing, jewelry, sculpture, and architecture at the art and design school ranked #5 in Europe and #8 in the world.
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As a studio art school, Glasgow School of Art is based on a tutorial system, in which students are expected to work independently and in groups on assignments that are often very broad and allow for much creativity, imagination and self-direction. Guidance from instructors is always available, but students must initiate contact with their advisors at the GSA. You will be admitted to a specific school and department, and are expected to undertake the projects that are assigned for that year or semester of study at the Glasgow School of Art.
Glasgow School of Art offers three different schools: The School of Fine Art, the School of Design, and the Rennie Mackintosh School of Architecture. The staff at the Glasgow School of Art will review your application and portfolio and assign you to a year of study. Most IFSA students are admitted into Year Two studies and will be fully integrated with degree-seeking students. Students who demonstrate extensive background in their chosen medium may be admitted into Year Three studies.
To learn more about what is taught in each year of study in the various departments at the Glasgow School of Art, visit the website and click on one of the many different degrees offered by the school, then click on the “Study Guide” PDF on the right side of the page, next to the Programme Overview.
A class week will typically consist of four days of intensive studio practice and one day of Fine Art Critical Studies, Design History and Theory, History of Urban Studies, or Critical Studies in Immersive Systems—depending on the school for which you applied.
Students interested in taking Glasgow School of Art classes but who are not majoring or minoring in art, should apply to the University of Glasgow Partnership program in order to take classes at the Glasgow School of Art. Studio art classes enrolled in at the University of Glasgow will take place in the studio space at the Glasgow School of Art.
At the Glasgow School of Art, a full class load is 15 U.S. semester credit hours for semester.
1 SCQF = .25 U.S. semester credit hours
Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.
Your application to this program will require two (2) academic letters of recommendation.
The Advance Studio Art program requires a portfolio of your work as part of the application process. The portfolio must be submitted as a PDF file consisting of 15 to 20 images of your more recent artwork—links to video content should also be included. The portfolio should include a numbered list of its contents, including the medium and a description of the work. More information can be found at Portfolio Examples.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- City Walking Tour: During IFSA Orientation, learn about the city on foot and attend a walking tour of the social, cultural, and historical sites of Glasgow.
- Scottish Parliament Tour: See behind the scenes on a guided tour through the chambers of the Scottish Parliament, how the Scottish Government makes new laws on devolved matters, and how it debates the issues of the day.
- Glasgow Mural and Street Art Walking-Tour: Glasgow has created a Mural Trail featuring the diverse range of art within easy walking distance of the city center. Follow the trail of a huge range of artwork on display which has something to suit all tastes, from conservative to radical, quirky to bizarre. Enjoy discovering the hidden public art, with assistance from digital resources, with this self-paced walking tour.
- Ceilidh Dancing to Scottish Folk Music: A Ceilidh is a fun-filled night of wild dancing, good music, and Scottish culture! A live Scottish folk band plays through traditional music as one of the band members calls out the dance steps to the group, teaching how the dance goes. As the music takes off, the fun begins.
- Highlands Trip: On your first day of the Highland’s excursion, delve into the past and discover how Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil, and how they dressed. Then visit the Culloden Battlefield, location of the final Jacobite Rising. It was the last and most harrowing battle to be fought on British soil and its impact ripples into present day Scotland. On day two, sail across the waters of the legendary Loch Ness to learn about the history of the renowned loch and what makes it so famous. Perhaps have a look for the Loch Ness Montser yourself! Immersed yourself in the verdant and impressive rolling hills and mountains of the highlands with spectacular views of the Three Sisters Mountains in Glencoe. Also experience the poignant history of Stirling at the Wallace Monument and learn about the history of the battles fought at this strategically located city.
Housing and Meals
HousingApartment/Flat, Single Room Option
Students live within a convenient, five-minute walk of the main campus in one of two GSA housing facilities.
Take a look at Margaret Macdonald House to see what your Glasgow home away might be like:
- Location: .2 miles, or a three-minute walk, from campus.
- Living space: Students live in apartments in groups of four to eight. Some apartments have shared bathrooms; some have private bathrooms attached to individual bedrooms. Bedrooms have a single bed, desk, chair, and storage. Kitchens have a stove, refrigerator, and kettle. Students provide bedding, towels, and basic kitchenware.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of their day.
- Additional details: Night security. Residential staff available at all hours. Laundry. On-site maintenance.
- Nearby: Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The Lighthouse. University of Glasgow. Glasgow Botanic Gardens. SSE Hydro (concert venue). Glasgow Green.