Glasgow School of Art is one of the best regarded institutions in the UK for the study of study and development of fine art, design and architecture and lays claim to being Scotland's leading art school. It is one of only a few remaining independent art schools in the UK. Around 20% of the students come from outwith the UK.
The GSA occupies a compact campus of 10 buildings in the Garnethill area of central Glasgow, north of Sauchiehall Street, and has a digital design studio within the House for an Art Lover, in Bellahouston Park on the south side of the city. At the heart of its main campus is the Mackintosh Building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh who had been a student of the GSA. This suffered a catastrophic fire in May 2014 and has since been undergoing a complete restoration.
Nearby are the Newbery Tower which houses the textiles, jewellery & silversmithing departments; the Foulis Building which houses the product design and visual communications departments and the centre for advanced textiles; the Richmond Building which is home to the fine art photography department; and the John D. Kelly Building which houses the printmaking department. The Mackintosh School of Architecture and the library are situated in the Bourdon Building.
The Glasgow School of art has a hall of residence close to its main campus, and it is also leases accommodation from the University of Glasgow, in the west end of the city.
Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Government School of Design, changing its name to the Glasgow School of Art in 1853. Initially located in Ingram Street, it moved to the McLellan Galleries in 1869. Work began on a new building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to house the GSA in 1897. The first half of the building was completed in 1899, and the second in 1909. The Mackintosh Building, as it is known, was severely damaged by fire in May 2014.
Notable People Associated with Glasgow School of Art