Taught course

Creative Practices

Glasgow School of Art · Glasgow School of Art

Entry requirements

BA or preferably BA (HONOURS) Degree. All applicants should normally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional experience, to be agreed at the discretion of programme staff following GSA guidelines.

Submission of a 500 word written text stating the applicant’s areas of research interest. Submission of a portfolio of creative visual work (or dissertation, or samples of discipline related practical work where appropriate) according to the guidelines specified at the time of application in programme documentation. (Visual portfolio elements should comprise between 10-20 images, at 300dpi, with an accompanying image list).

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research in Creative Practices at GSA aspires to produce highly individual researchers who are able to integrate the rigorous traditions of academic research with the autonomy of creative practices. In a multi disciplinary and culturally conscious environment, students are encouraged to examine the place of academic enquiry and the many forms of creative expression in the wider context of social, historical and theoretical discourse.

The M.Res serves as a stand-alone masters qualification or as preparation for Doctorate studies. Indeed many of our graduates have gone on to PhD studies or taken up professional research projects. Other alumni have found the M.Res to be an excellent route to enhancing understanding and performance within their chosen practices in the arts, culture and arts dissemination, education and many other fields. While sited at an art school and therefore open to graduates of art, design and architecture, the M.Res programme is adaptable in nature, so also able to welcome applicants from other academic disciplines; indeed the multi disciplinary nature of the average cohort is a key factor in the unique qualities of the M.Res in Creative Practices at GSA.

The programme enjoys links with the expertise of the Archives and Collections Centre sited currently at The Whisky Bond, and we are developing links with museums and other centres of professional research and cultural practice. We welcome students who seek an intellectually open environment that encourages flexible, critical and creative thinking.

Information for international students

Overseas applicants who are unable to attend for interview are required to submit the proposal and portfolio work either digitally or by post. In addition, a telephone interview may be required. Applicants whose first language is not English should normally obtain a minimum score of 6.0 in all categories of the IELTS test or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Please see the website for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
8 months
full time
4 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Ranjana Thapalyal
+ 44 (0)141 353 1487