The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Our studio-based approach to research and teaching, brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.
Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries, our role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology. Then as now our purpose remains the same - to contribute to a better world through creative education and research .
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city - 20% of Scotland's population live in and around the city - and one of Europe's most vibrant and cosmopolitan - Glasgow is an important creative and artistic hub with a wealth of cultural heritage to explore and inspire. A 'walkable' city, easy to navigate and famous for its friendly, hospitable people, Glasgow is rich in Victorian architecture and was home to Scotland's best known architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect of the GSA's world famous Mackintosh Building, voted Britain's Best Building in 2009.
The GSA's campuses are located in the heart of the city - home to one of the best metropolitan art galleries and museum collections in the UK and many of the national performing arts companies, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The National Theatre of Scotland.
Add to this the numerous cultural venues - the Glasgow Film Theatre, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Tron, the Arches, Tramway, Transmission, Street Level, The Lighthouse Centre for Architecture and Design and Glasgow Science Centre - and it's easy to see why Glasgow was voted the UK's coolest city and the best base for students and twenty-somethings by the Big Issue Magazine.
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