study abroad in Scotland with IFSA

Glasgow School of Art Partnership

Program Overview

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. 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.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

October 1

Minimum GPA

3.00

Credit load

15

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Glasgow School of Art Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

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 GSA.

ADVANCED STUDIO 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. 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.

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE STUDIO ART

Designed for students pursuing a liberal arts or social sciences degree, this option is for students who wish to take classes in a studio art setting for a semester at the introductory to intermediate level. Students can choose to take only arts classes, in which case they would take 6 classes at GSA, or they can add an elective from the University of Glasgow College of Arts or College of Social Sciences, and take 4 classes at GSA.

Available classes include:

CREDIT CONVERSIONS

At the Glasgow School of Art, a full course 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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • 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) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the semester program or one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the year program.

Recommendation Letters

Your application to this program will require two (2) academic letters of recommendation.

Visa Requirement

  • A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for the semester program.
  • A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
  • A visa is required if you are participating in the year program.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

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 courses 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.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control — including local government regulations and health protocols — could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. They are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included cooking lessons, city tours, and theater performances.

Program Excursions:

IFSA Excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. Excursions vary each term based on availability. Typically, students participate in a long weekend trip to the Scottish Highlands to see Loch Ness, Culloden Field, Dunrobin Castle, a whiskey distillery, and a working sheep farm. Day trips might include a visit to Argyll with hiking, caving, mountain biking, or gorge scrambling or a short homestay with a local family.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

Glasgow School of Art students are housed at the Margaret Macdonald House or Blytheswood House. Meals are self-catered. Pillows, duvet and other linens are not provided, but may be purchased upon arrival.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023 (Beg/Int)

January 21, 2023

May 6, 2023

$21,775

October 1

Fall 2023 (Beg/Int)

Early September 2023

Mid-December 2023

$20,975 (estimated)

March 15

Academic Year 2023-2024 (Beg/Int)

Early September 2023

Early May 2024

Contact IFSA

March 15

Spring 2024 (Beg/Int)

Late January 2024

Early May 2024

$21,775 (estimated)

October 1

Fall 2023 (Adv)

Mid-September 2023

Mid-December 2023

$20,975 (estimated)

March 15

Spring 2023 (Adv)

January 28, 2023

May 27, 2023

$21,775

October 1

Term

Spring 2023 (Beg/Int)

Term begins

January 21, 2023

Term ends

May 6, 2023

Program costs

$21,775

Application deadline

October 1

Term

Fall 2023 (Beg/Int)

Term begins

Early September 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$20,975 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Academic Year 2023-2024 (Beg/Int)

Term begins

Early September 2023

Term ends

Early May 2024

Program costs

Contact IFSA

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Spring 2024 (Beg/Int)

Term begins

Late January 2024

Term ends

Early May 2024

Program costs

$21,775 (estimated)

Application deadline

October 1

Term

Fall 2023 (Adv)

Term begins

Mid-September 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$20,975 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15

Term

Spring 2023 (Adv)

Term begins

January 28, 2023

Term ends

May 27, 2023

Program costs

$21,775

Application deadline

October 1

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