Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is recognized worldwide for its excellence in teaching and innovation in the fine arts. The School is housed in a one-of-a-kind, art nouveau building designed by the renowned Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. GSA alumni are world renowned in their field. With one-on-one instruction, a high degree of independent study and focused studio work, GSA's fine arts courses allow you to realize and develop your creativity and to mature as an artist. Emphasis is placed on studio work and continuous interaction and discussion with your instructors and visiting artists. Areas of concentration include: textile design, painting, photography, sculpture, silversmithing and jewelry, printmaking and graphic design, glass blowing, drawing and architectural studies.
University of Kentucky, in partnership with Arcadia University, introduces Celtic Blue – a unique study abroad experience in Ireland and Scotland. Students can complete courses and/or an internship during the semester or summer, while drawing connections between Celtic lands and Kentucky. The heritage of Celtic culture is evident in Kentucky culture - whether in music, art, language, or folklore - and students will have the opportunity to study and encounter these connections directly.
Arcadia scholarships of various amounts are available for UK students. Visit this page for more details.
- Choose courses from among GSA's three schools: School of Design, School of Fine Arts, and the Mackintosh School of Agriculture.
- Complete a Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) – document your experiences in words, video or pictures - show graduate schools and employers how your activities have impacted you.
- Live with a Scottish family for a few days after orientation to get to know the culture, people, and way of life.
This program is open to undergraduate students.
For the Arcadia University application, click the "Partner Website" link at the top of this page.
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
Students will earn transfer credit from Arcadia University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Arcadia University. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
- PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
- Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Co-curricular Learning Certificate
One of the most important and potentially challenging aspects of the study-abroad experience is creating a meaningful engagement with the culture of the host country. Arcadia’s Co-curricular Learning Certificate (CLC) offers students a formal incentive for your not-for-credit development. This is Arcadia's way of recognizing thoughtful participation, reflection and rich learning achieved from getting involved in the local culture and communities. Read about other students' CLCs in blogs, or as published works in IMPACT magazine.
Possible CLC themes in Scotland include Active Scotland, Discovery & Invention in Scotland, Scottish Origins, and Scotland(s). Students may also work with the on-site staff to design their own CLC theme.
Housing & Meals
As a student at the Glasgow School of Art, you will live in self-catered accommodation, in a flat or student residence with other local and international students. Wireless internet access is provided and token-operated laundry facilities are available. Students will need to supply their own bedding materials, though most students opt to purchase these items after arriving in Scotland. All accommodation at the GSA is non-smoking.
All housing options at GSA are self-catered, so you’ll prepare your own meals in shared kitchens. Cutlery and crockery are not provided, but can be purchased inexpensively in Glasgow. Both residences are within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and cafes.
Glasgow School of Art's main campus is located one block from Sauchiehall Street (a major shopping venue) in the center of Glasgow. Both residences are within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and cafes. Please also read Arcadia's general Scotland accommodation information.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the Program Cost and Budget information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
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For the Arcadia application, click the "Partner Website
" link at the top of this page.
The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), housed in a one-of-a-kind, art nouveau building designed by the Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is recognized worldwide for its excellence in teaching and innovation in almost every area of fine arts. Members of the faculty are practicing and recognized artists in their own right regularly exhibiting in one-person shows, exhibitions, and prestigious galleries as well as serving as consultants, art jurors and commentators.
With one-on-one instruction, a high degree of independent study and focused studio work, GSA's fine arts courses allow you to realize and develop your creativity and to mature as an artist. Emphasis is placed on studio work and continuous interaction and discussion with your instructors and visiting artists. Areas of concentration include: textile design, painting, photography, sculpture, silversmithing and jewelry, printmaking and graphic design, glass blowing, drawing and architectural studies.
Orientation and Cultural Programs
An Arcadia program isn't just about enrolling you in an overseas institution however. It's about all of the services that we provide. Before you go, you can contact our program manager for advice on the application process, choosing courses, or simply what you should pack. Once you arrive, our resident director will lead an orientation program in Edinburgh that will introduce you to the culture, history and politics of Scotland as well as prepare you for the academic challenges of studying in a different educational system. During the semester, you can expect to participate in excursions that are designed to allow you to reflect on the learning that is taking place outside the classroom.
It's almost impossible to explain in words the educational and cultural experience that study abroad can be, but you can be sure that Arcadia will be there to help you get the most out of that experience.