Gray's School of Art

Gray's School of Art is one of Scotland's four art schools and is an integral part of Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen.

Founded in 1885 by local businessman and philanthropist John Gray, the Art School was originally housed in the building adjacent to the Aberdeen Art Gallery on Schoolhill (now RGU offices).

Gray's moved to its current home and second purpose built facility in 1966; a modernist building on the riverside Garthdee campus.  In this environment bubbles a challenging and stimulating community atmosphere where creative education is fostered by practicing artists, designers and researchers of national and international standing.

As part of RGU's development of the Garthdee campus, Gray's is gearing up for a move to a third bespoke home by 2015.

The School has a vibrant mix of around a thousand students attending both full-time and part-time programmes including undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, and evening courses.

The School portfolio covers a wide range of specialist subjects found within the breadth of Design and Fine Art disciplines.  Within each course students have the opportunity to specialise and focus their study within their core discipline area, thus allowing for greater creative diversity and development of their expertise.  There are six undergraduate application routes into the School representing the core disciplines through which greater specialism occurs.

Research at Gray's


  1. 12, November, 2015 Postgraduate Open Evening

    Postgraduate Study 2014

    There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open evening.  

News RSS

  1. 08, October, 2015 Head of Gray’s School of Art to deliver professorial lecture

    Professor Chris O'Neil

    The Head of Gray’s School of Art, Prof. Chris O'Neil, will deliver a professorial lecture which demonstrate the various impacts that successful learning communities have on society, the economy and culture.  

  2. 01, October, 2015 #GraniteCrumbs project looks to establish Aberdeen’s reputation as a ‘Food City’

    #GraniteCrumbs will see more than 130 students from across a range of disciplines work together in groups to develop ideas which establish Aberdeen as a ‘Food City’.  

360 Virtual Tour

  1. Gray's School of Art Virtual Tour


    Preparation for our degree show and a video clip showing views of the school.

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