Glasgow School of Art Programme

Please note: not available for semester 1 of 2020-21 session

The Glasgow School of Art Studio Art Programme for Study Abroad Students (SASAP) has been designed to give Study Abroad students the opportunity to take classes with the Glasgow School of Art, internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading institutions for the visual creative disciplines. The School has a long history of producing innovative, creative and successful artists, designers and architects, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of modern history’s most influential designers.

The Glasgow School of Art, founded in 1845 and is one of the few remaining art schools in the UK, located in the city centre of Glasgow. Study Abroad students at the University of Glasgow, you have the opportunity to take one or two classes with the Glasgow School of Art in the following:

  • Black and white photography
  • Rendering the human form – drawing and painting
  • Figurative sculpture
  • Stained glass workshop 

The section below has more detail on each area.

Teaching style and courses available

Organisation of study

An integral part of these courses is the researching and development of ideas and techniques relating to the subject through independent sketchbook work, which will extend students’ practice out-with studio hours. Students will also be encouraged to broaden their awareness and knowledge of both traditional and contemporary art practices. This will enable students to place their work within a broader context and assist the development of their own practice as an artist.

The courses are conducted by means of practical studio and workshop sessions, complemented by seminars, critiques and tutorials. Study Abroad students can take one or two classes with the Glasgow School of Art in the following:

Stained Glass Workshop (new)

This course covers the various techniques for creating leaded and stained glass panels. Students will explore the processes of cutting glass, painting, staining, etching, and leading. Exploring ideas and technical details through drawing is also an important component of the course. Tuition will be delivered through demonstrations and one-to-one assistance, as students work at their own pace on their chosen personal projects.

Black & white photography

The photography course will instruct students in the use of the camera and its primary functions, covering camera handling, exposure control, developing, contact printing and enlarging. The curriculum also places emphasis on the awareness of the full range of possibilities offered at every stage of the creative process; from the initial intention or idea, contact with the subject and the photographic technology, the darkroom techniques, until finally culminating in the presentation of artwork.

Rendering the human form – drawing and painting

This course will provide students with the basic knowledge, understanding and confidence required to draw and paint the human form. Students will be introduced to the core skills and practices necessary to render a nude figure. The course will enable students to render three-dimensionality and also provide a platform from which the students’ personal awareness and interpretation of the visual environment can be developed.

Figurative sculpture

This course will provide students with the opportunity to work three-dimensionally from the human figure in clay. Sculpting directly in clay students will develop their observational skills, ability to handle clay and senses of proportion and form. Students will build and model clay so that completed pieces can be kiln fired, after which they will learn how to finish their sculptures using a variety of techniques and materials.

Evaluation, credits and timetable

Evaluation and credits

Assessment of your work takes place regularly throughout the course on an informal basis and twice during the course on a formal basis. Assessments take the form of individual tutorials and group reviews.

After the final assessment students will be issued with a letter-band grade in accordance with the University of Glasgow Study Abroad guidelines. The grade will indicate the level of your performance and the work made during the course.

You will receive 10 Glasgow credits which is approximately equivalent to 2.5 US credits. You can take a maximum of 2 GSA classes.


  • Classes usually run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays depending on the subject.
  • Each class is three-hours long.
  • All teaching is conducted on the Glasgow School of Art campus.