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Winchester School of Art

Employability

Employability and industry collaboration are a major focus for Winchester School of Art. Our curriculum’s career-oriented modules, international exchanges and work placements are programmes designed to develop the practical, research and business abilities valued by employers.

Through our network of institutional, professional and industrial links, undergraduate and postgraduate students work on ‘live’ projects to build a wide-ranging, professional portfolio to enhance their career prospects. Initiatives such as our in-house Studio 3015 provide paid design and marketing internships for our graduates, and through our series of careers events we introduce students to potential employers.

The creative industries account for over 2.8 million jobs, and the sector is the fastest-growing, worth £87.4 billion a year and outperforming other more high profile sectors*. The total contribution to the UK economy by fashion and textiles is estimated at £28 billion a year**.

*Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Creative Industries, 2016
** British Fashion Council Report, 'The economic value of the UK's fashion industry', 2015

Our relationships with organisations such as De la Rue, NATS, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Urban Outfitters and Arcadia explore potential collaborations, preparing our students for successful careers. Many of our students and employment with large enterprises, but others also choose small, specialist design houses or self-employment. The principles of running a small, start-up business, tailor-made to the creative industries, also form part of our curriculum and support is provided through the University’s Small Business Clinic, which provides free initial business advice.

For those students aspiring to a teaching career, we run our own Art & Design PGCE in conjunction with the University’s Education School. Opportunities to try teaching also present themselves through our Saturday Club for local schoolchildren and our programme of art workshops for National Citizen Service. Students also engage with local schools on a variety of art projects and activity days.

29 October 2020

Virtual Art Club

Winchester School of Art welcomes you to join it’s virtual studio; ...

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20 January 2020

Saturday Club Masterclass

Our Saturday Club recently welcomed artist Sinta Tantra to WSA, whe...

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10 January 2020

First Short Course of 2020 - Evening Art C...

Our first Short Course of the year commenced on Tuesday evening wit...

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