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Fine Art (MA)

Master of Arts
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

This course will be closed to ALL new applications from 1pm (GMT) on Monday 6th June.

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. You'll also have the opportunity to display your work for the public at the annual MA Degree Show. View recent, and earlier, MA Fine Art Degree Exhibition documentaries, here.

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
“I am convinced the MA Fine Art program has had a huge impact on my career. For example, my final project, Ghosting, was selected by two international film festivals at present, and I have also received some job interview invitations in UK Film, TV, Creative Media industries recently. So being a MA Fine Art student at Winchester School of Art is the best decision I never made.”
Shanshan Jiang, 2021 graduate

MA Fine Art | Student Interviews | 2015 - 2020

Interviews with our MA Fine Art students, sampled from the last five years of the course at Winchester School of Art.

Course location

This course is based at Winchester.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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