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In addition to applications for first year level entry, the School also welcomes applications for second and, exceptionally, third year level entry from suitably qualified applicants.
The Masters in Design in (Graphics/Illustration/Photography) is a one year intensive masters programme (180 credits), with three subject-specific pathways. It is designed specifically for those students wishing to explore, at postgraduate level, subject specialisms in one of these three areas. Applications to the programme should make clear which pathway of study the student is interested in studying.
For us, the invention of photography, and the birth of the modern age could be said to be simultaneous. The momentum of the industrial and post-industrial revolutions advanced photography at an incredible rate, from its low-tech photomechanical beginnings to its current digital, state-of-the-art technologies.
The Photography Programme at The Glasgow School of Art has an international reputation for excellence. Established in 1982, it was the first programme of its kind in Europe to award a BA(Hons) Degree in Fine Art Photography and has produced successive generations of successful graduates, many of whom are now leaders in their field.
BA(Hons) Fine Art. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
Facilities Colour negative and slide processing lab; multi-unit black and white darkrooms with enlargers capable of using 35mm, medium format, and 5×4″ negs, and able to produce mural size black and white prints; multi-unit digital darkrooms incorporating negative scanners (up to 5×4″), A2 ink jet printers; large scale digital print facilities. Alternative process darkrooms, photographic studios, installation spaces, and a range of print finishing and mounting facilities are also available. An equipment store with a large range of cameras and tripods allows students to take items out on loan. In addition, all Fine Art students have access to electronic media resources in the Media Studio where they can use video editing software, sound and video capture equipment (cameras, mics, sound recorders, etc), and audiovisual presentation equipment (monitors, projectors, speakers, etc). Indicative Materials Year 1: £200 Year 2: £500 Year 3: £700 Year 4: £900 Additional costs will be incurred for activities such as study trips. Also, a lab fee of £75 is payable in terms 1 and 2 (no lab fee in term 3) to cover the costs of consumables (unlimited chemicals for B&W and colour analogue printing & processing, ink for the digital printers, and some workshop materials. This is averaged out over the 4 years of the course and payment remains the same each year. Our Graduates Include: Torsten Lauschmann, Tris Vonna- Michell, Louise Lockwood, Charles Sandison, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Richard Learoyd, Kristina Bengtsson, Ewan Morrison, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, Anja Titova, Thomas Bangsted, Lotte Fløe Christensen, Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel & Scullion, Mette Juul, and Silja Leifsdottir.
Facilities Range of facilities including dedicated studio space, crit/group tutorial spaces, Case Room with a range of equipment including letterpress, Macs, digital cameras, animation, linoprints, wood engravings and monoprinting, photographic studios with facilities for colour and black and white processing.Indicative Material Costs c. £500 Applicants should remember to budget for the cost of the materials they will use during their studies.Graduate Destinations Graduates from the GSA’s department of Communication Design have gone on to work with Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility, Lust, O-SB, Weiden + Kennedy, Lewis Moberly, BBC, Stand, ISO, or succeed in freelance practice, working in publishing, editorial, film and TV.
Degree Show 2018 work from our Fine Art Photography department showcased on Flickr. Image: Ryan Darnell
See projects by graduating students on the Graduate Degree Show 2017 website. Image: Praveena Venugopal
Making an application to one of our undergraduate degree programmes
Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.
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BA (Hons) Fine Art is a four year, full-time degree programme and students are recruited into one of three specialist departments (Photography, Painting and Printmaking, Sculpture and Environmental Art).
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The range of teaching styles varies from traditional keynote lectures to interactive discussion groups and experiential learning. Courses are constructed in order to both underpin studio practice and to open out and extend the range of student research.
Students requiring learning support are provided with additional teaching tailored to individual needs. Each student also has a departmental contact tutor who acts in an advisory and pastoral capacity in relation to progress in Fine Art Critical Studies.
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Delivered via a series of taught workshops, tutorials, set and elective projects, lecture and seminar based sessions and self-directed learning, the emphasis of the programme rationale is on the contemporary practices of visual communication, underpinned by theoretical research, and the social, technological and economic contexts of contemporary design practices. Students on the programme are expected to engage in a high level of self-directed learning, research and independent critical reflection, as well as participating in taught elements.
Profiles of our primary research supervisors from across fine art, design, architecture and digital fields.
A element of the programme is delivered by Fine Art Critical Studies. For most of the four years of undergraduate programmes in fine art, one day per week of the student timetable is allocated to FACS. It is an externally linked critical mass of diverse research expertise in broad-based critical studies for contemporary creative practices.
So, photography is a medium for which a blend of art and technology is fundamental. A blend of conceptual, aesthetic and technological awareness makes the use of photography one of the most relevant artist’s mediums of this age.
The programme aims to furnish students with the research skills and methods for stimulating innovative design practices through a combination of tutorials, seminars, workshops, and autonomous design and research projects. In doing so, it equips graduates with the practical and intellectual skills required to deploy design practices within a variety of social, economic and technological contexts and transform the experiences of those who utilise, interact with, or depend upon designed artefacts and services.
Students receive a formal progress reviews at the end of each term with interim and end of year assessments taking into consideration the success of their search for a personal artistic language.
Acting Head of DepartmentLesley PuntonTutorsDavid BellinghamAnne Bjerge-HansenProfessor Thomas Joshua CooperJim HamlynJake JacksonChristina McBrideMichael MersinisJohn Shankie
The Fine Art programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods which may alter and adapt according to the perceived needs of students. The main methods of programme delivery are lectures, seminars, artists’ presentations and group discussions, tutorials, progress reviews. projects, group crits, workshops, students’ exhibitions, field trips, independent study, and formative and summative assessments. In addition to this, the School provides students with opportunities to take part in placements and exchanges in one of our partner institutions across the world in year 3. All students undertake a programme of study in the Forum for Critical Inquiry.
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M.Des in Graphics/Illustration/ Photography. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
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All students are required to attend lectures and discussion groups, to make oral presentations, to write essays and in the final year, to present a piece of personal research in the form of an Extended Essay (20% of the final degree mark) or a Dissertation (30% of the final degree mark).
The power of photography – seen everywhere, used by everyone – is sometimes easy to forget. However, it would be hard to imagine a world without photography and we look forward to sharing that world with you.