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Winchester School of ArtPostgraduate study

PhD Fine Art

Winchester School of Art offers an interdisciplinary, research-led environment for full- and part-time postgraduate research students from a range of areas of art, design and global culture.  We welcome proposals for PhD in Fine Art, Graphic Arts, Media, Fashion, Textiles and Art and Design Management.  As part of a vibrant research-intensive University, cross-disciplinary engagement is encouraged and many of our PhD students extend their research across academic disciplines and collaborate with researchers in related areas of the creative arts, and in fields as diverse as archaeology, psychology, biomedical sciences, nanoscience, economic, social and political sciences, and sound engineering.


4 Years, following standard progression for a FT student.

7 years, following standard progression for a PT student 

The University of Southampton offers a PhD programme for both practice and non-practice-based Fine Art and Design research at the Winchester School of Art (WSA) campus in Winchester. The School is recognised as an International Centre for research in global art and design, culture and communication and enjoys a reputation as a world leader in research. PhD candidates at the School work with Faculty engaged in creative and critical practices across a wide range of research interests and who disseminate their work through internationally recognised publications and exhibitions. The School’s postgraduate researchers engage in both material and intellectual practices as specific ways and means of thinking in order to produce critical knowledge and innovative objects. The School is proud to be a hub for collaborative projects and public events, offering a vibrant venue for artists, designers and intellectuals to debate the key issues of the 21st century. The School’s Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media provides an overarching vision for researchers at the School. Its activities are focused on creating and sustaining mutually beneficial and interactive professional associations with a range of public organisations. These include galleries, museums, arts and community centres, publishers and online sources whose activities may benefit diverse social groups locally, nationally and around the world.

Career opportunities are wide ranging and varied within the arts, culture, curation and publishing realms.  Opportunities exist to engage with and contribute to wider research in academia, leading to future leadership positions within an academic context.  The nature of the generic and discipline-specific skills obtained during your study make your experience and skills attractive to a range of organisations post qualification.

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Doctoral Programme Director:

Dr Jo Turney
Associate Professor Art Design and Fashion
Winchester School of Art

Typical entry requirements

Second class Honours degree and Master of Arts in a relevant subject.

Other qualifications are considered on an individual basis for all programmes and pathways.

Work experience in a related field considered.

English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Online application and interview

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Typical course content

Tuition fees

Fine Art  MPhil/PhD  2023 Full-time  £4,596  £18,600
Fine Art  MPhil/PhD  2023  Part-time  £2,298  £9,300
Fine Art MPhil/PhD 2024 Full-time To be confirmed Spring 2024 £19,200
Fine Art MPhil/PhD 2024 Part-time To be confirmed Spring 2024 £9,600


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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.

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Study locations

School of Art

The City of Winchester

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