Winter School: An international teaching innovation

Bringing together people from all over the world, Winter School is an exciting opportunity to investigate and develop the role of design in responding to contemporary social and economic challenges. The event is hosted at the GSA’s stunning Highlands and Islands Campus.

Winter School sees GSA continue to build collaborative partnerships with international design schools, key agencies, such as Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and local communities.

During our seasonal schools, we develop the discipline of Design Innovation, and research and teaching methods. By addressing modern day challenges, this work benefits organisations and communities as well as our students and staff.

Man speaking to students in large room

G. Alistair Campbell (centre), from Elgin’s Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere project, explains what his group is trying to achieve. Image credit: Paul Campbell

Students on our Design Innovation Masters programmes attend the two-week Winter School, working alongside their counterparts from Koln International School of Design (KISD) and Royal Academy of Art & Design (KADK) in Copenhagen. Faculty from a range of international institutions, including S.I.T. Singapore; Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh; University of Aveiro, Portugal, and Politecnico di Milano, attended the most recent event in 2017.

Winter School 2018 will see students from Audencia Business School in France also join the Seasonal School. Audencia and InDI have collaborated to develop an exciting MSc programme in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy. Led by Audencia, the programme launches in September 2017. GSA faculty members will teach one-third of the classes – and the two-week international Winter School at the GSA’s Highlands and Islands campus is a highlight of the programme. Professor Catherine Morel from Audencia explains why Winter School is such an important element of the new programme in our blog.

The pioneering event is the largest of InDI’s four seasonal schools and involves around 100 students and speakers.

The programme includes lectures, workshops and networking opportunities, all based around a theme relevant to the citizens and businesses of the Highlands and Islands.

In 2017, the theme was Innovation from Tradition, which involved our students working with a range of businesses and organisations from across Moray.

Watch our film about the 2017 event to see what students got up to:

Winter School 2017 from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.


Read about the activities at the 2017 event in our collection of blogs.

And find out more about our 2016 event in our Winter School Booklet.

For more information, please contact Dr Gordon Hush, [email protected]

You can also hear Dr Hush talking about Winter School in this video:

What to expect from InDI Winter School from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.