Programme Overview

The Glasgow School of Art
Note: This programme will cease to take in students from AY2020. SIT and GSA have come to a decision not to admit further students in these programmes. The graduating students of 2021 will be the final cohort of this successful partnership. However, this will not affect current students or alumni. SIT and GSA will continue to ensure that the quality of teaching remains of a high standard. The degree programmes offered by GSA will continue to be recognised in Singapore and beyond. SIT will also continue to review its overall slate of programme offerings regularly, in order to remain nimble and responsive to the constantly evolving needs of the industry and community.

Never before has the communications arena had such fluidity for the realisation of student ideas and professional identity; whether it be simple or complex, witty or profound - Communication Design is a platform for the thinking of tomorrow.

Digital technology has provided a multimedia, multi-layered set of opportunities for Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Students now incorporate the traditional skills of drawing, printing, photography and other graphic processes with video, sound, animation and other aspects of moving image and multimedia. Students are no longer defined by their specialism but through their creative interpretations and articulation of the brief.

In order for a student to develop a vision of the future, they need an understanding of the past. Each area within Communication Design encourages a critical engagement with historical and contemporary practice, relating social cultural and political contexts. Learning is supported by a weekly series of professional practice lectures, in which some of the most respected designers in Europe visit the School and meet our students.

Staff are active in research within the graphics industry through consultancy and freelance design.

There are three distinct specialisms in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design at the GSA:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

Each of the specialisms encourages students to develop an inventive and critical approach to solving communication design problems.

Our graduates work across the world in Design agencies and international companies including Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility, Esquire, Lust, O-SB, Weiden + Kennedy, Lewis Moberly, Williams and Phoa, BBC, Stand, ISO, or in freelance practice, working in publishing, editorial, film and TV.

All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

Integrated Work Study Programme

Overseas Immersion Programme

All students will have to complete a 4-week attachment at the home campus of Glasgow School of the Arts in the UK.  Students will experience life as a GSA student in Glasgow and be taken through a series of lectures and a credit-bearing studio design project, which is aimed at enhancing the students’ critical awareness and practical capabilities in design thinking and production.  The immersion experience, inclusive of visits to key cultural sites and institutions in the city of Glasgow will help students acquire a critical understanding of the global practice of design. 

The estimated cost of the overseas immersion programme ranges from S$4,500 to S$5,500.

Note: Estimated costs are dependent on prevailing currency exchange rates and flight ticket prices.