Glasgow School of Art
Mackintosh School of Architecture
Glasgow,United Kingdom
Glasgow School of Art
Mackintosh School of Architecture

United Kingdom

N55° 51' 58.33'', E55° 51' 58.33''
Ms Isabel Deakin Admissions Co-ordinator

t:+44 141 353 4686
Professor Sally Stewart Professor of Architectural Education and Practice
Head of school
Degree programmes
Bachelor programmes
Master programmes
Faculty profile

The Mackintosh School of Architecture is based in Glasgow School of Art, where architecture has been taught for over a century. Courses may be followed in full-time or part-time modes. Its qualifications are conferred by the University of Glasgow.

As one of the leading Art Schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its courses. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued. The Mackintosh School forms part of the creative community.

The Mackintosh School of Architecture has always been a proving ground for progressive thought and has been part of the learning experience at the GSA since the middle of the 19th century.  The Mac is the place to study, ranked by the Architects Journal as the top architecture school in Scotland and third in the UK - the only Scottish School to be ranked in the top ten.

426 students (240 Bachelor,180 Master,6 PhD),35% of foreign students.

70 staff members (35 full-time and approx.35 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

GSA Student counselling and welfare service.


Blackboard learn platform
CAD - Lab
Energy Lab
Exhibition hall,
Extensivemodelling workshop
Laser Cutter
Model shop
Photographic Studio
Printing facilities
Publishing department "Yearbook"


All our residential accomodation is within a short distance of the Garnethill Campus.  Margaret Macdonald House (MMH) is located on Buccleuch Street in the Garnethill area of Glasgow. A virtual tour/walk is available on the GSA's Youtube channel.

Admission Requirements


Bachelor of Architecture: 4 Scottish Highers at ABBB (min) (one sitting) or AABB (two sittings) to include English and Maths or Physics, and preferably Art.

or 3 A levels at ABB (one sitting) or AAA (two sittings() to include English and Maths or Physics.

International qualifications will also be considered.


Diploma in Architecture, Master of Architecture: First degree in Architecture or exemption from Part 1 of the ARB/RIBA examination in Architecture.


First degree at honours level

All Programmes

Students educated outside the UK may also require to provide evidence of language proficiency

Tuition fees

Please contact school for current fee information for Home and EU students, Rest of UK students and International students or visit our website at

Application Deadline

B.Arch: application through UCAS, deadline of January Institution Name: GSA  Institution Code: G43 UCAS Code: K100

Applications to the part-time mode should be made directly to the School

Diploma in Architecture and Master of Architectural Studies: application direct to School, for application details see

Bachelor programmes,3-years FT to Ordinary degree level, ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption,Bachelor,

4-years PT to Ordinary degree level, ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption
4-years to Honours degree level,

Master programmes,2 years FT to Diploma in Architecture, ARB/RIBA Part 2 exemption,Master,

(1 year following the B.Arch Honours year)
Master of Architectural Studies (Taught) (M.Arch(T)
Master of Architecture (by Research) (M.Arch(R))
1 Calendar year for M.arch (Taught)
2 years for M.Arch(by Research)
3 years minimum for PhD

Teaching is based around the studio  and is strongly biased towards design, with emphasis placed on learning by doing rather than by instruction. The School’s teaching is rated ‘Excellent’ by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, and Mackintosh students and graduates figure prominently in competitions and awards. The School enjoys an excellent design reputation, and is regularly invited to exhibit at international venues such as the Venice Biennale.

The School provides the teaching required for registration as an architect in the United Kingdom and is recognised by the ARB and RIBA. This recognition gains exemption from Parts 1 & 2 of examinations leading to full qualification. At postgraduate level the degrees of M.Arch(Taught or by Research) and PhD are offered. The Mackintosh School has been a significant influence in the renaissance of Glasgow in its investigation of architectural and urban design issues in the city. This thematic focus on Glasgow is developed in parallel with exposure to a broad spectrum of opinion.

Staff are encouraged to remain professionally active, and the School’s current research activity covers a wide range of topics, including architecture and urban design, history and theory, (with particular expertise on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson), innovative construction technology, housing for special needs, conservation,  zero energy design, and design cognition.