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Winchester School of Art

Georgia de Buriatte BA Fine Art 2018

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When looking for universities I wanted somewhere that was relatively small and personal, outside of London. Winchester School of Art had these qualities along with a beautiful location, inspiring teaching staff, a wealth of equipment, and Russell Group status. I just got a feeling when I came here for open and interview days that it was the place for me, and that didn’t happen anywhere else.

There are so many opportunities for so many different things, that you really can’t be lost for something to do. Whether it is learning a new skill in a workshop, working within the university, an internship, or just developing your own practice.

While in my second year I became a Fine Art student ambassador, helping out with open days and interview days. From this I began talking in colleges and UCAS fairs, gaining confidence in my speaking abilities and leadership skills.

During the summer between my second and third year I took part in a university-lead internship, which involved working with young people in art workshops. As part of this project I worked with senior staff members from the university, the Hampshire Cultural Trust, and the National Citizen Service. Running workshops helped develop my abilities as an educator, and was a great networking opportunity to make contacts in industry.

Alongside my third year studies, I’m completing data analysis with regards to my summer internship, building further business connections and developing skills I never thought a fine art degree would lead me to.

Throughout my course I have also been part of many ‘Shared Drive’ activities, where all Fine Art students get together to work on one collaborative project. This is a great way to meet new people with different skill sets, and has definitely helped me develop my collaborative working skills.

I personally love the relaxed nature of Winchester. You can be in the middle of the high street one second, and in a nature reserve the next. And although WSA itself is quite small, you have the University of Winchester students to socialise with too. It’s also less than an hour on the train to London to visit galleries, so I can enjoy a more rural campus without missing out on crucial gallery visits.

I have a beautiful and sizable studio space, looking over the Winnall Moors, allowing me to feel completely relaxed and at home in the space. This enables me to create much more work as I honestly want to be here. The studios and library are also really well equipped, so I am making the most of trying all the things I can while I’m here. But most of all the staff are the most welcoming and helpful people. Whether it comes to art needs or general life needs, there is always someone out there to help.

I would recommend students get the most out of their experience by saying yes to everything that is offered. There are so many workshops available and new skills than you can learn here; you won’t be able to do them again so make use of them!

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