Through IFSA, Whitman students may enroll in the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland.  Glasgow is a vibrant city with a population of 650,000.  It is home to the national Scottish companies of ballet, opera, orchestra and chorus.  It offers two repertory theatres, the Glasgow Film Theatre, galleries and museums.  Serious studio art students who attend the IFSA-Butler: Glasgow School of Art can expect to spend 30-35 hours a week in the studio working on independent projects under faculty supervision.

“The Glasgow School of Art is a well-known and prestigious art school that is dramatically different from Whitman. You will have a ton of time to create art and meet other artists. If you are serious about art, this is a good place to be. Scotland is beautiful and Glasgow is grungy and fun.” - Eric R. ‘18

Fields of study:

Studio Art


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong interest and experience in studio art, the
ability to work independently.  Admission is selective.


12-15 credits per semester (fall term)

15-18 credits per semester (in the two-term spring semester)

Traditional "classes" are not offered at the Glasgow School of Art.  Students enroll in a specific year of study (1-3) in a department withinin one of the three schools of the Glasgow School of Art.

Credit Conversion:

1 IFSA credit = 1 Whitman credit




Students live in GSA student residences close to campus with individual rooms and shared cooking facilities.


Students in all housing purchase or prepare their own meals.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September-December; January-June


IFSA Scholarships

Program Link:

IFSA: Glasgow School of Art Partnership