About us

About us

Since 1451 we have specialised in the arts, developing  wide-ranging expertise and world-leading research. We are home to almost 5000 students from all over the world. History of Art at Glasgow was rated No.1 in the UK for research in 2008; seven more of our subjects are in the UK top 10 (Cultural Policy, Celtic and Gaelic, English Language, English Literature, Scottish Literature, HATII, Theatre & Film & TV) and five more in the UK top 20 (French, History, Music, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies); we are currently no. 2 in the UK for Arts and Humanities Research Council grant income and in the top 10 for AHRC research studentships, while our National Student Survey results place us very close to the top of the Russell Group: in 2010, we had five No. 1 UK placings. Our students and researchers benefit from a groundbreaking partnership of mutual exchange and opportunity with Glasgow Life, responsible for the highest concentration of museums and galleries outside London. Globally, Glasgow is in the top 100 universities, and ranked 73rd for Arts and Humanities in the 2012 QS rankings.

Study with us and you will:

  • Gain access to a wide range of Arts subjects
  • Benefit from our rich heritage and resources, with one of the most significant University museum collections in the UK
  • Join our prestigious alumni, world leading academics and outstanding student experience.

Our College alumni and former staff members include: Adam Smith; politicians Donald Dewar, Charles Kennedy, John Maclean, John Smith and Nicola Sturgeon; philosophers Gershom Carmichael, Francis Hutcheson and Thomas Reid; writers James Boswell, John Buchan, Catherine Carswell, Edwin Morgan and Tobias Smollett, and pioneering chemist Joseph Black.

We welcome people from around the world and every walk of life. We are committed to preparing our students for the global challenges they face and are dedicated to them as we have been from the beginning, as well as being a world-class research university. Glasgow is home to Scotland’s national opera, music and media, and we have outstanding links with these and other cultural industries. The College of Arts has been part of this city for over 550 years; for 300 years, this has been an international city, proud of its links across the world, and we share that outlook.

The College of Arts is home to the study of American Studies, Archaeology, Arts and Media Informatics, Catalan, Celtic, Classics, Comparative Literature, Computer Forensics, Creative Writing, Cultural Policy, Czech, English Language, English Literature, Film and TV Studies, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, History, History of Art, Information Management, Italian, Latin, Media Management, Museum Studies , Music, Philosophy, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Scottish Literature, Scottish Studies, Spanish, Textile Conservation, Theatre Studies, Theology and Religious Studies, Translation Studies, War Studies.

Glasgow is a friendly city, and its ancient university’s Arts College is committed, now as in the past, to bringing the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world.

Professor Murray Pittock MA D.Phil. D.Litt. FEA FRSA FRSE, Head of the College of Arts

If you are interested in where the College of Arts is going please download a copy of our Strategic Plan‌.