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Fine Art (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
January 2021

COVID-19: we have updated the start date for this course

About this course

The MA Fine Art degree at Winchester School of Art (WSA) offers you the opportunity to embrace new challenges in your art. Our course draws students from across the world to study and develop their art in the beautiful surroundings of the historic city of Winchester.

"... one of the UK's most dynamic and relevant postgraduate fine art degree programmes." - Anthony Luvera, artist and external course moderator, 2016-2019

This programme captures the diversity of the world's contemporary art and values all types of art practice. You will develop your work, in practice and in theory, exploring key ideas and issues that inform contemporary art today.

You will work in purpose-built studios with a wide range of technical and academic facilities, with the freedom to explore your ideas through a single medium or across multiple art forms, including:

  • painting and drawing 
  • sculpture  
  • video and digital media 
  • photography and printmaking 
  • performance art 

You’ll gain insights into life as a working artist and will develop your own individual profile through: 

  • weekly guest lectures by leading practitioners 
  • creating a portfolio for your final project and to exhibit 
  • learning how to approach galleries, use social media, and build networks 
  • an arts-related professional skills module 

Other benefits of this art master's include access to purpose-built studios with the latest photography, video, 3D printing and laser cutting technologies, a gallery on campus, and close links to London and regional galleries.

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media will also give you the chance to attend conferences and receive tutorial support from internationally celebrated professors.

Course lead

This MA fine art course is led by Nick Stewart, who has more than 30 years’ experience both as an academic and a professional artist. His work includes drawing, installation, photography, performance, video, film and publishing.

Nick has taught at degree level in art institutions across the UK, Europe and Canada and has exhibited widely in Ireland, UK, Europe, Canada, USA and India. He has received awards, residencies and commissions from the Canada Council, British Council, British Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

“It's been an amazing year. It's almost been like being on a residency. Spending time with (visiting artist) Anne Bean was just incredible. She really inspired me."”
Laura Perkins, 2019 Graduate
“I can't believe how much this course has changed my artistic vision in such a short time.”
Hoda Alnasir, 2019 Graduate
“This year has been one of the best years in my life.”
Cao Xuning, 2019 Graduate

Course location

This course is based at Winchester.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.