Fine Art encompasses the full diversity of contemporary art. Your art production will be facilitated through studio-based practice and the consideration of key related contemporary art theory.
Our MA Fine Art programme reflects the rich complexity of international contemporary art practice within a clear theoretical and critical context. We employ an interdisciplinary approach and facilitate art and ideas across the full range of media including; painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, web, temporary site-specific or time-based work, and performance art. Contemporary art practice is increasingly interdisciplinary and many artists work both independently and collaboratively at the boundaries of their disciplines.
This is the course page for MA Fine Art at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Fine Art and what studying here involves.
In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Fine Art.
If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.
Our Students Say:
"I can’t believe how much this course has changed my artistic vision in such a short time" - Hoda Alnasir, MA Fine Art, 2015 – 2016.
"I’ve spent the past year doing exactly what I wanted every day" - Claire Leech, MA Fine Art, 2014 – 2015.
"This year has been one of the best years in my life" - Cao Xuning, MA Fine Art, 2014 – 2015.
Projects may involve either a specialist pursuit of a single medium or a broader, multidisciplinary approach that draws on the skills and opportunities provided by our staff and facilities. We will encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities for collaboration with Schools across the University.
Modules in Entrepreneurship and Contemporary issues will support the development of your practice. Professional development is an integral part of the course and is facilitated by the artists and art world professionals who visit the School.
Recent seminars and workshops have involved a diverse range of internationally respected artists and thinkers including Mark Titchner, Vanessa Jackson, Simon English, Brian Eno, Dougald Hine, Paul Winstanley, Joanne Lee, Victor Burgin, Brian Catling, Shezad Dawood, Siobhan Hapaska, Dan Hays, Tony Hayward, Richard Moon, Oona Grimes and Anna Luca.
University application form with transcripts and CV. A personal statement, portfolio of your current art practice should outline your engagement with contemporary art and your interest in the MA Fine Art at WSA.
You will have access to specialist staff, visiting tutors and facilities relevant to all the disciplines facilitated in this programme.
Core modules: studio-based modules and research skills
Optional module: from a range designed to complement specialist areas and enhance employability
The MA Fine Art encompasses all aspects of contemporary practice, including:
Temporary Site-Specific / Time-based Work
Our proximity to London enables regular trips to see the latest exhibitions, attend conferences and experience the breadth of cultural life that this great city provides.
Guest seminars from internationally respected artists and thinkers
Typical entry requirements
MA Fine Art at Winchester School of Art is both practice and theory based. It is important that you demonstrate your artistic ability in a portfolio, as this will be the determining factor for entry. Your portfolio should include evidence of independent research in art practice and in thinking, evidence of your knowledge and understanding of the broader contemporary art context, and examples of the development process you use to create your work in whatever medium or media that may be – stills or video (10 minutes, maximum, compressed video please). Please indicate scale, date and materials used in your work. Your portfolio should not exceed six pages in length or ten megabytes in size.
A 2.2 at degree level or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University or experience is desirable.
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning .
MA Fine Art students study compulsory and optional modules aimed at honing their own artistic practice.
This programme is studied over one year full-time and is divided into five modules, two are taken in semester 1, and two in semester 2 (one of which is an optional module selected from the list below). The last module (started in semester 2) is your Final Project and continues through the summer period (semester 3).
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified at module level.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Art equipment and materials:
Student will be required to purchase diverse materials and equipment as necessary in relation to your art practice. This will change over the course of the study period. In addition, most students also require sketchbooks, notebooks, pencils, pens, CDs and DVDs for image storage.
Printing and copying
In most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student.
The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
Printing and copying
Printing for the collation of a student’s portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.
Optional visits (e.g. museums, galleries):
Some modules may include optional visits to a museum, galleries, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
Free parking is not normally available on campus to students.
The Student Union provide a mini free bus service which runs every two hours between the Winchester Campus and the Highfield Campus.
Students are responsible for all other daily travel expenses.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning methods
The programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods designed to support you in developing and realising both your art work and your research plans.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding through:
Research skills inductions
The core modules of the programme bring students together for seminar discussions, giving you the opportunity to present your work for critical comment and to engage with analysis of your own and others’ ideas in a challenging environment. Discussions in group seminars of key issues in contemporary fine art practice will also ensure that you have a good understanding of relevant contexts for your art practice.
Research skills activities operate across all the master’s programmes and will, through seminars and demonstrations, inform you of approaches to research, from designing the research question and developing a model for your research, to structuring and presenting outcomes.
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