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.
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View the programme specification document for this course
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
- Performance Art
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
- 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
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 .
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
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.
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
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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.
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
|Stationery||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.|
|Books||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.|
|Equipment||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||Written 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 copying||Portfolio:
Printing for the collation of a student’s portfolio will be the responsibility of the student.|
|Other||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.|
|Travel||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.