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Glasgow School of Art SCA EXC
Glasgow, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Sydney College of the Arts
Not Applicable
Program Description:


Glasgow School of Art (GSA)
Location:  Glasgow
Year Established: 1845
Student population: 1,900
Glasgow School of Art is one of Europe’s leading higher education institutions for visual and creative disciplines and offers exchange programs through Sydney College of the Arts. It is Scotland’s only public self-governing art school offering university level programs in research and architecture, fine arts and design.

The school is housed in one Glasgow’s most famous buildings. Built between 1897 and 1909, part of it was several damaged by fire in 2014 but fortunately much of it has since been repaired. Its comparatively small campus makes learning a more intimate and personal experience than in larger universities. Almost 20 per cent of its students are international.

Unique Characteristics
The school has produced most of Scotland's leading contemporary artists including, since 2005, 30 per cent of Turner Prize nominees and four recent Turner Prize winners: Simon Starling in 2005, Richard Wright in 2009, Martin Boyce in 2011 and Duncan Campbell in 2014. The School of Architecture is highly rated by the architecture profession and the School of Design has been described by Design Week magazine as "leaders in design education.” According to the Guardian newspaper, GSA is one of the few remaining independent schools in the UK.

Scotland’s biggest city has evolved over the past two decades to become one of the UK’s most interesting cities. Its sombre and staid Victorian buildings are packed with stylish restaurants, top-notch bars and pumping clubs. The city boasts one of the country’s best live music scenes.

United Kingdom - Glasgow School of Art - building

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s: Sydney College of the Arts

Exclusions may apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Term 1: September – December
Term 2: January – March
Term 3: April - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


60 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.
Grading System
1st – 70-100
2:1 – 60-69
2:2 – 50-59
3rd – 40-49
Fail – 0-39

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Providing you have submitted all your required coursework – and no revisions are necessary – your transcript will be issued after the Exam Board held following your last date of enrolment. Usually these are held in late January, mid-April, early June and mid-August (re-sits only). Your transcript will be sent to your home institution and will usually show both GSA credits, ECTS and a grading guide.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.
Language Requirement
Non-native speakers of English will need to demonstrate IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component). Please note these are minimum scores and a number of programmes have a higher English requirement.



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Induction week is held the week before Term 1 begins.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration.

Student Experiences

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