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What will I learn?

Programme Overview

A two-year, multidisciplinary programme: both of these fundamental facts are significant. A two-year programme of study offers students an extraordinary opportunity to analyse their studio practice in depth, and to modify, develop and secure it accordingly. The multidisciplinary context also ensures that such developments are protected against narrowly defined ambitions.

MFA students learn from, and contribute to, the delivery of the programme curriculum, the experiences of their peers, and the wider art community based within the city of Glasgow. Within this situation a premium is placed upon independence, originality, initiative and enterprise.

Students develop their own working practices in order to explore and advance their own specific interests and academic agendas. Such interests usually take the form of a combination of formal, technical, thematic and theoretical concerns. Students are also encouraged to explore their practices in relation to wider cultural, theoretical and historical contexts by means of individual research activity. Regular tutorial support from MFA core teaching team and a wide range of visiting lecturers (e.g. artists, critics, curators) allows students the opportunity to discuss their work with experts, and critical feedback is also available by means of regular group critiques.

Students operating at postgraduate level are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of independence and 'ownership' in relation to their learning experience. The overwhelming majority of MFA students are allocated their own private studio space, and this space serves as the focal point of their studies. It is not only the place where work is produced, but it is also the place where professional working practices and operational discipline are learned. In this focused environment of the studio, each MFA student learns how to organise and structure their working patterns in order to prepare themselves - both intellectually and practically - for the life of a practising artist.

Many MFA students are also engaged in other initiatives throughout the city. Such extracurricular activity contributes significantly to the learning experiences of the students involved, and makes an invaluable contribution to the ongoing cultural life of the MFA programme and the city at large. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

Which department am I in?

School of Fine Art

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£19,980.00 (US$ 27,204) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Glasgow School of Art

167 Renfrew Street,

Glasgow,

Glasgow, City Of,

G3 6RQ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have Good honours degree in Fine Art, or equivalent academic award in a related subject or prior professional or life experience. Candidates are considered on the quality of the following aspects of their application: Portfolio, personal statement and speculative study plan, references, previous relevant experience and performance at interview. Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent). TOEFL IBT score of 72-79 overall, with the following minimum scores in each component: Listening: 17, Reading: 18, Speaking: 20, Writing: 19.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is ranked 8th in the world, according to the 2020 QS World Rankings.

  • Based in Glasgow-one of Britain's top-five student cities
  • Project-based learning, with an emphasis on studio practice
  • Glasgow is voted as Britain's best student city
  • GSA alumni frequently rank highly on major art prize listing