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160-175 UCAS Points
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- Virtual open day on 25th-29th Oct.
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The worst experience of my life! I came to Glasgow school of art excited by alumni who studied there and eager to meet lots of people but within a year of my studies the union bar shut down completely there were NO societies I could join (there were only the lgbtq+ soc which I couldn’t join as an ally and pornography society) so I joined certain societies at the uni of, but wasn’t allowed to join sports teams. I made next to no friends as everyone was caught up in the ‘image’ of the art students and closed off, if I went to a lecture in leggings and a hoodie I felt like I was getting dirty looks. My accommodation was soundproof and you could not hear when anything was going on, making it impossible to make any friends. It was truly the worst experience of my life and made me suicidal and I dropped out and transferred to a uni with over 300 societies, uni bars, etc and I’ve never been happier. I would never recommend gsa, the tutors even showed up half an hour late to tutorials!!
Awful! 4 years at GSA and I've never felt supported or listened to. Would rate the Students Union 0 stars if possible because it doesn't exist. There are barely any clubs/societies, none of which are funded and the student morale is horrendous. It's a corrupt business, which is currently being sued by its own students. The only thing keeping GSA afloat is its reputation, which it will lose if it doesn't invest more care into its student's wellbeings. I even hear from staff the frustration with it as an institution, with many of them leaving. University was supposed to be the best years of my life, but GSA has made me question my choices and regret a lot of decisions/career path. Do not go to GSA, there are much better institutions elsewhere.
The Bachelor of Architecture programme leads to an Ordinary or Honours degree and to exemption from Part 1 of the Examination in Architecture of the ARB/ RIBA at the end of Year 3 full-time study or Year 4 part-time study.
Do not come here. I would give the Student Union zero stars if I could because we do not have one!! The Glasgow School of Art is a corrupt institution, which works to feed those in higher power on council board committee and not the tutors or students. The communication between higher authoritative staff and tutors is appalling. I am in the Sculpture Course and four days before a public art exhibition across the city of Glasgow, the tutors informed us that we were banned from “going outside to do art work” as commanded by GSA because of COVID. Why was this informed to the department at such a late notice? If we are part of 100% studio practice course then why do The Glasgow School of Art not pause our education, refund our money that we have paid for school fees and restart our teaching in the way that they advertise. The course is uninspiring, I was advised to change department from sculpture because I was focusing on photography for several weeks.
I studied Sculpture and Environmental art between 2017 and 2020 and I am honestly so so disappointed by it. I genuinely learnt far more on my foundation year than my 3 years at GSA. The school relies entirely on its reputation nowadays and invests nothing in its students. You'll have nothing but a cramped studio in the Stow, barely any contact time with tutors (I only ever met 2 out of the 4 of mine in 4th year) and you'll learn no technical skills (you'll be lucky if you ever manage to make anything in the workshops as they are so unaccessible). Students and tutors alike are miserable as the institution treats everyone so badly. After we were abruptly thrown out the studios in March and never got our degree show due to covid, GSA promised we would have access to the degree show budget for independent shows later on which has obviously never materialised even almost a year later. Also there is no consistency whatsoever with marking and your degree classification is like a lucky dip.
while the school has seen issues across the different sub school's as a member of MSA (mackintosh school of architecture) i can say it is organised very well. A lot of the other reviews are linked to their individual school and i wouldn't say reflect GSA as a whole. I know MSA students as very realistic about the past year and while its not been GSA's best they are aware of the challenges the institution has had in light of COVID and the flip flopping of the movement on what can and cannot be open. Other schools have not been treated as well as some however MSA is a grand faculty, the staff are so hard working and if you want to make something happen there are measures put in place to make them happen. While studios have been closed the staff have done their best to facilitate a learning experience as much as possible such as Post Graduate Events that have been very successful and the introduction Miro that has allowed for virtual pin up.
Horrendous. Barely any tutor-student contact and not much is actually taught in regards to theory or technicality. No support for students, minimal clubs and societies that aren’t well organised - doesn’t even have a students union building. Support and tutoring throughout the pandemic has been totally useless; no access to studios or workshops, one 20 minute tutor zoom call per week and all this for 9k a year (or more for internationals). Shocking how this quality of education and level of student experience is allowed. 3 years at GSA so far and it’s always been ridiculously underfunded and I’ve always felt it’s never been worth the money however it’s reputation has always been its backbone to attracting and maintaining the students but now I question whether that’s even a thing anymore! Where GSA’s reputation comes from I have no idea. Would not recommend.
GSA relies on its reputation but it does not invest in its students. There is no union for social events, freshers sucks. Clubs and societies don’t really do anything. Tuition is virtually non existent from academic staff who are working to rule which means strictly nothing not in their contract. technicians are overworked & underpaid. You will learn no practical skills so don’t expect to expand your skills base with their help. Studios in stow are are dark and cramped. Studios in McLellan are cold and lifeless. Staff strike for weeks at a time over the assessment period so don’t expect to know how you’re doing. Feedback, or what exists of it, is next to useless & finding a tutor available to provide advice and feedback is next to impossible. Crits happen once a term but students don’t bother turning up so aren’t helpful. Such a disappointment. Avoid and go to Dundee instead
Don't waste your time or money. Staff is friendly enough but the school doesn't care about its students at all Absolutely scummy conduct regarding the covid situation, and have been made to feel that I'm absolutely being taken advantage of by an institution that was meant to be responsible for my education for the sake of a cash grab. This is not new behavior either. GSA has shown itself to be incapable of making any decision that is not driven by "make the most money off the backs of our students as we can while doing as little as possible.
I would not recommend studying at Glasgow School of Art. Pros: - the tutors, technical staff and learning support were great. Con: - In first year, our campus building was located over half an hour walk away from the main campus, our studio had no heating and the spaces were extremely small to work in. We were isolated from other courses and year groups. - GSA (as an institution) felt more like a big company than a university. We went on 'mandatory' trips and that were extremely overpriced, there was a lot of pressure to go on exchange when a lot of students could hardly afford to live nevermind go on a trip or travel abroad. - Communication within the management is very poor. Lack of organization. Don't go to this university just for its 'prestigiousness' - it's not what it's cracked up to be. If you want to study at GSA, make sure it has the facilities to suit you If you study here and stay at halls, go to Margaret mcdonald house if you can, you'll have a better experience.
I have been a student at GSA for 3 years now and I have been disappointed every step of the way. The facilities are sub par, the union is shut for the foreseeable future, the staff are constantly on strike because the management are terrible and I genuinely don't know what my £9,250 has gone towards. If only I could go back in time and tell my younger self that the world renowned institution they try to sell you is a complete lie. The students continue to create exceptional work in the face of all this mess and for that they should be commended.
Not worth anyone's money. Support is minimal at best. While staff and technicians are nice and well-intentioned, the entirety of lecture material is stuck decades in the past. Coursework feels pointless, and the lack of practical skill development has left me with absolutely no idea what I'm supposed to do with this degree. They claim to focus on theory, but there was no guidance or instruction in any sort of design theory. If you feel like learning in spite of an institution as opposed to because of it than go ahead.
For the PD course, unless you are a rockstar established designer, with all the hard and soft skills required (cad, public speaking, team work) do not study here. You will not learn how to be a designer, just pushed around on decision making with no real access to facilities or mentorship. It is ironic how a course is branded so international but has no basic support or strategies for integration. If you are already in the field and developed your identity, with a peoples person outgoing personality, then yes, it is a great way to get a contemporary relevant folio, contacts and real world contact with the practice.
Glasgow school of Art is a great school if you already know who you are as a artist as well as, knowing what you want to make and do because you don't get taught any practical skills at GSA. Facilities allow you to work with metal, wood, they did have ceramics but that was taken away from us half way through our studies: students were to find a kiln elsewhere. They certainly teach you to think like a artists, critizise each other like a artist, talk like a artists but no hands-on skills to back that up. I had zero support after graduating and would encourage everyone to study elsewhere.
I've been a student at GSA for 5 years and have noticed a noticeable decline in almost every aspect. Uptake increases, support decreases or stays the same. All sorts of day to day things like the print credit fiasco (the digital print credit service has been out of service for a long time (may be fixed now not sure), water fountains being out of service for months, wifi disconnecting randomly etc etc. And then there are major problems like the closure of The Vic, our student union. Obviously lots going on behind the scenes, but a university shouldnt be without a union. Especially when, in its prime, it was one of the best places to hang out, get food, and have a boogie in the city centre. RIP The Vic. I'm not a member of any clubs or societies so I can't speak to that behalf but I've heard there are plenty to go about and they receive adequate support. If thinking of coming here I'd re-consider.
There are a lot of things that are currently affecting my satisfaction as a student as GSA. The Student union has been closed as of this year, making it difficult to have a sense of community in the school. Although those of us in Fine art have been moved to the new Stow building this school year there is no cafe or communal space and no spaces for group crits. Which is vital for our courses. We currently have to take our work to different buildings for these. With the student union being closed it’s easy to feel quite isolated from the rest of the university
Only go here if you know what you'll get, and you want it. Gsa teaches art in a very, very conceptual way and tutors refuse/are unable to give technical advice. Tutor contact is very minimal and the tutors are very confused about what's going on. The library is amazing, the studios are large, the people are lovely and not too focused on being and looking "art school". Overall okayish experience, but wasn't for me
The higher management at GSA has succeeded in turning one of the leading unis in art and design into a shell of an institution, with constant strikes, a collapsed student union, many jobs laid off and hundreds of dejected students.
Met some great people and the tutors can be very inspiring. The Art School has experienced a lot of turmoil recently and most who where attending before the Union shut down would agree that they feel underappreciated and that the large sums of money they pay to come here is not worth the quality of student life provided. Give it a few years and maybe things will start getting better but at the moment the students are very much at odds with the people running GSA and this will surely result in more clashes in the coming months.
Great technical support staff. The Media Studio is one of the best I have ever seen. However, the School Of Simulation and Visualisation is stuck in 2005. Its campus is supposed to be a "state of the art" facility for visual and audio work, but it seems that it was this, years ago. The course was badly structured, the tutors with some exceptions were not really interested in what the students are doing, most of the time acting like you are taking out of their time. Most of the lectures were pointless. Most of the tutors didn't really care about current technological changes and trends and were stuck in the past, with some exceptions, of course. As an institution, it's one of the most corrupt, insensitive towards its students and problems and the management only cares about money. There is zero student community as well. Absolute joke. The degree show was an absolute joke as well. My Master's was a waste of money, which I could have spent on something way more valuable.
facilities and the student services are improving but still so much behind and lacking.. its my last year and i can see that it did improve and they will but from year 1 to year 3, i had to survive from small library, small studio, and etc..
It’s just not what it’s cracked up to be. You never get taught anything really new and exciting just taught old techniques and then left to your own devices. It can be good to a point but when you have no new ways of making how the f*** are you supposed to develop? I see my tutor about once a week and I get no actual helpful feedback, I got shown a video on YouTube... not to mention the technicians that help you with study’s most of the time are soooo unwelcoming, I never want to approach them. It feels like a student presence just pisses staff of AND ITS A UNIVERSITY. In my second year and I can honestly say I can’t see myself here for another two years. Glasgow is sick though
If you want to go to school to learn this is not the place. There is next to no guidance, the tutors are only in for 2 days out of the week and it's likely you wont even see them during that time. If you want to create work outside of your major or learn a new skill go somewhere else. Disrespectful staff, the students feel like an afterthought. Don't waste your time with this school.
This school is in complete shambles! GSA cares very little about its students welfare. There is a lot of pressure put on its lecturers and staff when it should be the board of directors held accountable for the problematic decisions and actions which have occurred before and after both fires. This is a business first, not a school. Which is all entirely wrong. All their students are paying for is a name and even that is wearing very thin.
A reputable name but little else. Hilariously little contact time with tutors; very little actually taught. Campus system a mess of poorly refurbished buildings and lack of space. Toxic culture of personalities and popularity akin to being back in High School. Societies cater towards marginalised folk - which in theory is great - but leads a general culture towards social vilification of white and/or straight people (further, with preference constantly given towards Scottish students by technicians and members of staff.)
A chance to experience a very different product design degree with its internationally renowned name bringing a variety of students from many cultures. The lecturers always encourage creative thinking else where as well. Glasgow offers the second best nightlife in Britain after Edinburgh and everyone knows gsa students run the show.
Place is falling apart in multiple ways, the directors and management are killing the place and turning the uni experience into one of protest and despair rather than education. Met some lovely people there and also had great tutors but they weren't supported or able to spend much time teaching and most have now left. It's only surviving on its reputation but soon that will be up in flames too.
Brilliant course. Brilliant studios. Having your own space is really beneficial and makes you feel at home and something you don’t get elsewhere. The architecture is amazing. The spaces feel special and its a really exciting environment to be in.
The art school is going through a turbulent time right now, but things are looking up. The Stow building is now open which means that there is a lot more workable space in the building. Facilities are good, and student support is very good. In house counselling services are available which is invaluable. Level of education is brilliant, lecturers are all highly qualified and offer fantastic insight to all creative areas. You also have access to lots of freebies, including free access to Lynda.com. Library content is very good
Glasgow School of Art in my opinion has earned its reputation. It has provided me a course that perfect for what I was looking for, and offers me a learning experience like no other. In my case small classes mean I get all the support I could need while working through my projects. All needed programs and hardware to run such programs is provided for me with no extra expense to myself. However, in my opinion the, all though there is a range of societies, I found them all too "arty". In the art schools attempt to cater to the niche they exclude normal societies/ activities. An example I encountered was during freshers week. There was a BBQ happening, which is great, however it was a vegan BBQ. This I feel excluded those who aren't vegan/veggie. I simple solution to this would been to have a normal BBQ that also had vegan options, thus including everyone. In terms of societies, if your an average Joe there isn't much in the way if sports or more mainstream societies.
I went to this uni for 3 years studying architecture. You need to be weird/ quirky to go here, not my type of place - I felt as if I was very looked down upon. Everyone thinks they are better than each other and it is very competitive - lecturers, some are good some aren’t, still the same condescending vibe you get though. If that’s your type of thing this place is for you - as you can tell it wasn’t my favourite place - it was also very unorganised.
Took best part of a month to move us into spaces that ought to have been ready on day one. Impossible to get a reply from lecturers that have told you to email them with issues you’d like addressed. Even once we got spaces we had no fire safety equipment in the room, no bins, no recycling, no lockers for our personal belongings (as we were told we would have). No one seems to take the lead on fixing problems and everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else - all while the students pay between 8000 and 17000 for this mess on a day to day basis
Don't go here. Decided to come here for a postgraduate after feeling like I still needed a year to hone my skills after my undergraduate. You are left to your own devices most of the time, the facilities are terrible - printers barely ever work and are old fashioned - on top of that you must pay for their use. Even very basic things like guillotines are broken or don't exist. The course cost me all of my savings. I got no support from my lecturers and felt almost ridiculed for my ideas half of the time. The other half of the time they were late or going outside for cigarette breaks. My main lecturer used to b**** to one of my friends about some of my classmates. Most colleagues agreed that the course in general was poorly run. I wanted the course to build confidence in my abilities but it gave me an inferiority complex and a whopping bill to the tune of 10,000 pounds. I ended up seeing a therapist as I was so depressed from feeling unsupported, directionless and used for money.
I studied waiting and printmaking for 5 months before dropping out as many students use this institution as a 3 year Gap year, they don't care that they aren't receiving any form of education. During the months I was there countless trips, tutor sessions were cancelled due to staff shortages. The tutorial time you receive is a complete waste of time and energy, you see a tutor once every 3 weeks if you are lucky to be told all your work isn't good enough. I would only recommend applying to this institution if you want to be a pay check for somebody. There is a complete lack of student support, nobody will notice if you haven't turned up for weeks. I think this is particularly scary as they have a large international student population and without proper support these students could be on the other side of the world with no support.
There are pre-schools that are better organised than this place. Bad/no information for students with exchanges (this is up to the students themselves to organise), no support or feedback (you should know your trade before you even come here!), and many of the professors have not worked/had a degree in the subject they teach. They very much hire people depending on who knows who. The general consensus is that it's such an honour to study at this institution, and if you raise you voice up are a troublemaker that maybe isn't suited to study here. Student representatives was put on disciplinary action because the head of department didn't know they were student representatives (and all complaints should be turned against the complainer). When complaining that we weren't taught what other universities taught in the different subjects (no real subjects here) the head of department decided to change the name of the course instead. When asked which laptop I need for my course, the I