Scottish Urban Landscapes in Film and Glass at the Glasgow School of Art

This course will not be running in 2024

This is a unique opportunity to combine study at the University and the Glasgow School of Art (GSA). GSA is an internationally-recognised institution specialising in Schools of Fine Art, Design and Architecture. GSA collaborates and transforms thinking by developing creative approaches with new audiences.

This course in collaboration with GSA, will allow you to immerse yourself in the picturesque West of Scotland landscape and Glasgow’s urban cityscape, where grit and glamour collide, and where beautiful architecture and green spaces sit alongside relics of an industrial past.

It will combine off site research and practical experience in the GSA’s Photography and Glass Workshops. You will gain skills in SLR photography, leading onto the design, planning and making of a bespoke stained glass panel, referencing your printed images and research materials.

  • Photography: The aim is to equip you with skills in taking photographs, fine printing and finishing/presentation of work.
  • Stained Glass: You will be introduced to a range of glass techniques including cutting glass, glass painting, leading, copper foiling and soldering, and apply these to the creation of a glass panel.

Note if you plan to take this in conjunction with another course you will be able to reference your experience in a sketchbook and capture it on camera. The printed images and research materials will be used in your final week of study to design and create a bespoke Stained-Glass Panel.

This course is a stand-alone option but some students may wish to combine it with another of our Summer School courses.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • you should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more.

This is a guide, for further information email

Teaching pattern

On this practical course, you will begin teaching activities on the Friday afternoon.

You will have assignments and tasks centred around photography for the first part of the course, and then the latter part will be studio-based.

You’ll get the chance to meet and work with GSA staff, as well as join the other University of Glasgow Summer School students on a trip.