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Winchester School of ArtPostgraduate study
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015
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MA Fine Art 2015

MA Fine Art

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.

Introducing your course

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.


Programme Overview

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.

View our fine art blog at

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

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.


Fully accredited

Programme Structure

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:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web
  • Temporary Site-Specific / Time-based Work
  • Performance Art

Key Facts

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.

Programme Leader: Nick Stewart

Key facts

  • Just 50 mins by train from London
  • Regular trips to London and other regional art centres
  • Regular exhibition opportunities in Winchester and London
  • Excellent workshop facilities; printmaking, 3D printing, laser cutting, painting, sculpture, video, sound photography
  • Guest seminars from internationally respected artists and thinkers

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

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 equivalent qualification/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 .

English Language Requirements

International and EU students applying for the MA Fine Art Pathway are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component or equivalent, prior to starting the programme. For a full list of English language tests accepted please see here

The University also runs a number of English language courses to prepare students for study, details can also be found here for more information about the WSA pre-sessionals.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

MA Fine Art students study compulsory and optional modules aimed at honing their own artistic practice.

Year 1

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).

Semester One
Fine Art 1
Research Skills

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).

Learning & Assessment


Costs associated with this course

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:

StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentArt 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 copyingWritten coursework: 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 copyingPortfolio: Printing for the collation of a student’s portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.
OtherOptional 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.
OtherParking costs: Free parking is not normally available on campus to students.
TravelThe 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

Study locations

Winchester campus

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