International Foundation (Art and Design)

Glasgow School of Art
United Kingdom
Foundation / Pre-U / A-level
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
1 year
January March April June
Total tuition fee (local)
Contact the university / college
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 17,820

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have passed a year 12 equivalent High School leaving qualification.

15 images, a minimum of 5 of which we recommend to be either observational drawing or sketchbooks. In a small additional statement students will be asked to describe their interest within Art and Design.

Scoring will be based on evidence of interest and aptitude and appropriate level of skill

IELTS: 5.5 or better


The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed specifically for international students (non-EU), and is made up of 4 components:

  • Studio Practice (Art and Design)
  • Cross School Project                
  • English Language (for students with an IELTS score 6.0 or below)              
  • Critical Theory

Studio Practice – The bulk of the course is focused on developing a strong beginning in studio practices for both Fine Art and Design. It provides specialised projects and tuition by a small staff team in dedicated studios, with additional contributions by tutors from across the academic departments.  

Cross School Project – This is a two week project that takes place in the term one, involving all 1st year students. Students get the chance to meet and work with other students that are studying across the GSA campus in specialized areas of Design, Fine Art, and Architecture.

English Language – This provides English language support to enable students to improve their overall ability and achieve the required IELTS threshold (6.0) for progression to 2nd year. It will enable students  to develop the ability to talk, listen, read, and write about their work in appropriate conceptual terms, and to develop creative approaches to their studio practice informed by critical discourse in lectures and studio discussion groups.

Critical Theory – This is delivered by the Forum for Critical Inquiry (FoCI). It is a cross-school and externally linked critical mass of diverse research expertise in broad-based critical studies for contemporary creative practices in design, art and architecture. The range of teaching styles varies from traditional keynote lectures to interactive discussion groups and experiential learning. 

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