Education History

Hannah Frank attended Abbotsford Road Primary School followed by Strathbungo School and then Albert Road Academy. She obtained her Intermediate Certificate in 1924 (with subject passes in English, Maths, Latin, French, Science and Drawing). Her Higher Certificate followed in 1926 (English Literature and History, Latin, French and Art).

She was a student at the University of Glasgow in 1926–27, 1928–29 and 1929–30, taking courses in Latin, English, French, Moral Philosophy and Botany, living at home during her periods of study. In the session 1927–28 she attended  Skerry’s College, studying German, where she was assessed as ‘having a rare talent for languages’. Although she had to negotiate several re-sits, she graduated Master of Arts on 8 November 1930. Her formal essays, notebooks and examination scripts can be viewed in the Glasgow University Archives.

After university, she qualified as a teacher at Jordanhill Teacher Training College. She also undertook part-time study at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) for several years, taking the General Course in sessions 27/28 and 28/29, and courses in Design (29/30) and Drawing and Painting (31/32 and 32/33). Her teachers in the latter included Dugdale, Keppie, Richmond, Gauld, Whitelaw Hamilton, Anningbell, Forrester Wilson and Gray. She won the GSA evening class prize in 1929 for Sorcery (the drawing that was bought by the former editor of GUM) and the James McBey prize for wood engraving in 1934. She attended further courses at the GSA in 35/36, 37/39 and 43/66.

In 2009 she was awarded two posthumous awards: an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Glasgow and the Lord Provost’s Award for special contribution to the visual arts.


1926 – 1930 University of Glasgow

1927 – 1933 Glasgow School of Art

1935 – 1937 Glasgow School of Art

1939 Glasgow School of Art

1943 Glasgow School of Art

1966  Glasgow School of Art