Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Glasgow School of Art

Posted on July 22, 2010


The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognized as one of Britain's foremost higher education institutions for the study and advancement of fine art, design and architecture. It is a small, specialized and highly focused international community of artists, designers, and architects. Students will find the School an immensely stimulating and creative place where new ideas are always encouraged and developed through teaching and research, which is studio based, face to face, professionally relevant and socially engaging. The school has more than 1,600 students; over 15% of the student community is international, made up of full-time undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree students, study abroad students and visiting exchange students. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the greatest architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, designed the Mackintosh Building located at the heart of the campus.


Founded in 1845, the campus is located in the center of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city (pop. approx. 600,000). Glasgow is home to one of the best metropolitan art galleries and museum collections in the UK, as well as many national performing arts companies. Glasgow is a compact city, and as a student at the GSA you are at the heart of it. Its campus and student residence are situated a short walk from Sauchiehall Street, one of the main pedestrian streets. Getting around Glasgow is easy, whether by foot, the extensive bicycle routes, or by public transport. Scotland's other cities are within easy reach of Glasgow by road and rail. If you tire of city life, some of the best climbing and skiing in the UK is not far away.


Students enroll for Fall Term only.

Program Dates

Fall Semester: mid September – mid December

Courses & Credits

Students earn 3.0 Wheaton credits for the Fall Term (2.0 credits as Independent Studio and 1.0 as elective Studio Art credit.) *Portfolio review is required by the Art Department for an additional .75 credit towards the Studio Art major.


Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0. Students are required to submit a portfolio of recent work (15-24 slides or a CD-ROM.) Additional information is included with application materials.


GSA offers housing in self-catered flats or apartments, in single-rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen.


Wheaton Tuition and Housing fees, which include tuition, lab fees, program-related field trips, housing, and one round-trip airfare from NY area or Boston to Glasgow.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for meals, $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, supplemental health insurance, cost of shipping for artwork and personal expenses.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Wheaton students can apply to the following courses:
School of Fine Art:

  • Painting/Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Environmental Art
  • Photography

Students spend four days a week within a specific department for studio work and one day with the Historical & Critical Studies department.

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