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Glasgow graduates suffer for art

Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art said the survey was "interesting"

Glasgow School of Art students have less chance of finding a job when they graduate than those studying anywhere else in the UK, according to figures.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency suggested 18% of its students were out of work six months after graduation - the highest rate in the UK.

The school's principal said the survey was misleading as artists' careers were not as structured as others.

And only 115 of last year's graduates responded to the survey.

Meanwhile, overall figures suggested Scottish graduates had good job prospects.

The University and College Union (UCU) Scotland said it was concerned that fewer Glasgow School of Art graduates were employed or studying compared with their Edinburgh counterparts.

It said the art school should do more to help students into work.

The early career paths of artists, designers and architects are not as structured as those for graduates from other disciplines
Seona Reid
Glasgow School of Art

But its policy officer, Dr Tony Axon, added: "This may be in part due to the nature of courses undertaken at Glasgow and the graduates.

"For instance, Edinburgh will include surveying and town planning whereas Glasgow tends to be pure art subjects."

Glasgow School of Art director Seona Reid said the survey was interesting, but stressed: "The early career paths of artists, designers and architects are not as structured as those for graduates from other disciplines."

She added that looking at employment beyond the first six months of graduation, Glasgow School of Art graduates were incredibly successful.

Overall, Scottish graduates have good employment prospects with 95% going into work or further study - 1.5% more than in England, according to the figures.

Napier University in Edinburgh had more than 97% of graduates employed or in further study, the highest number of any Scottish institution in the survey.


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