Glasgow School of Art
Fine Art - Environmental Art/Sculpture BA (Hons)
Glasgow School of Art

Key Course Facts

Salary

Salary of Graduates in history of art, architecture and design

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of history of art, architecture and design at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21000 £14000 £18500
25-75 percentile range £18500 - £25000 £9500 - £20500 £13000 - £28500


Salary of all UK Graduates of history of art, architecture and design

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20887 £17981 £21170
25-75 percentile range £18188 - £24949 £12834 - £22690 £15639 - £27316

Course Description

The Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art offers two programmes, each with its own distinct focus. Sculpture has been taught at the GSA since before the turn of the 20th century, with the Environmental Art programme being established nearly 100 years later in the mid 1980s.

Sculpture

The scope of Sculpture has widened, extending the conventional boundaries of object making to encompass both traditional and contemporary materials and media. The language of spatial and material practice taught by the department is based on construction, casting and fabrication and extends through to more time based art practices such as video, performance and installation. The course recognises and embraces this breadth, and actively encourages students to think independently and critically in order to gain a command of the conceptual and technical processes appropriate to this expanded field of sculptural practice.

The core objectives of the Programme are to develop the practical and philosophical understanding of the subject of sculpture; to develop practical skills and the ability to mediate ideas through materials and process; and to develop the ability and confidence to critique and communicate about sculpture, both historical and contemporary. This is achieved through a programme of study that integrates both theory and process, informing the experience of sculpture practice from its historical beginnings to current contemporary practice.

Environmental Art

The Programme prepares students for working as artists in the contemporary world. While galleries and museums remain major places for art to be viewed, opportunities for artists to make work in and for other contexts and places have increased enormously. To this end, the course offers not only the opportunity to exhibit in the traditional sense, but also explores these other contexts. This contextual approach to art is explored through the Public Art Project, which each student carries out in each year of the course. In this respect, Environmental Art is one of the few programmes in the UK in which students are specifically prepared for this kind of art practice.

Skills and understanding are gained through students experiencing a broad range of skills in drawing, casting, wood and metal fabrication, photography, video, computers and sound. Seminars and lectures on the history, theory and professional practices of public art, in its broadest sense, are an integral part of the programme. Students are expected to focus their activities in terms of concept and medium and to develop a self-directed art practice with a considered understanding of the context in which the work resides and is understood.

Core objectives are to develop in students an informed understanding and use of language in materials/media and ideas, and to make art in response to a context. Students will also have formed a confident, critical language in response to contemporary art practice.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Fine Art - Environmental Art/Sculpture BA (Hons) at Glasgow School of Art

30% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
10% Customer service occupations
10% Artistic, literary and media occupations
10% Administrative occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Media Professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for history of art, architecture and design


Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Fine Art - Environmental Art/Sculpture, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Fine Art - Environmental Art/Sculpture BA (Hons)

EU £21360 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £21360 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

About Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) offers a wide variety of degrees at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD level. The main disciplines available for study here include Design, Fine Art, and Architecture - and are rated among the best in the world by numerous university ranking organisations. GSA represents the opportunity to work alongside other people who share your vision and passion for creative work, and in many cases this immersion helps artists to find career paths that are compatible with their skills.

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Where is this programme taught

Garnethill Campus
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