The Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. The studio-based approach to research and teaching, brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.

Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries, GSA’s role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology. Then as now GSA’s purpose remains the same – to contribute to a better world through creative education and research.

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The City of Glasgow

GSA is located in the vibrant City of Glasgow, recently voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ by a Rough Guides poll. As the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom, Glasgow boasts a wealth of beautiful architecture, expansive green spaces, fascinating industrial history, inspiring cultural activity, an abundance of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities. Widely recognised as a major influence on European art, design and architecture, Glasgow is rich with museums, galleries and venues to explore, host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow’s cultural landscape offers something for everyone. One of beauties of Glasgow is its compact size – you can see a lot of the city in a remarkably short space of time. Further afield, ancient castles, picture-postcard distilleries, tranquil lochs, outstanding golf courses and miles of unspoilt coastline are all just a short journey from the city centre.

For further information about the city including travel, attractions and restaurants click on the ‘People Make Glasgow’ link below.

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