The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

W190 BA (Hons) Fine Art (3 years)

The programme encompasses image-making of all kinds, text-based work, time-based digital outputs and performance.

This programme is currently going through re-validation, where changes to the programme may take place.  Offer holders will be informed of any changes following the re-validation approval.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Fine Art and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of BA (Hons) Fine Art.

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Join us; join in; share; be part of something – a taskforce, a research group, a family. The Fine Art programme is about collective practice and individual achievement. Learn to work together, to cooperate and collaborate; develop your project management abilities, leadership skills, and fresh approaches to problem-solving. Learn from the broad experience of teachers who are engaged with professional practice now; learn from your fellow students; and learn to pass on what you discover, as an essential member of the team, on a programme which is about enrichment through openness. In the process, you will find your personal strengths, and your individual voice will emerge. You will develop a practice which is conceptually distinctive and technically accomplished, informed by an understanding of the traditions it is built upon, of the theoretical considerations that underpin it, and of the professional realities it must confront. The Fine Art programme creates the conditions in which all this happens.

The basic structure is simple: first-year students have their own studio, whilst second- and third-years choose between studios with different emphases, on painting, printmaking, sculpture and the very newest media. All students have access to all the workshops and facilities, and may work in any medium they choose at any time. At regular intervals throughout the three-year programme, all students come together to participate in ambitious, large-scale collective projects with shared outcomes. In the intervening weeks, first-years are given studio assignments with individual outcomes, and second and third years develop their own individual practices. All work produced is discussed and critiqued, and there are formal and informal opportunities for this kind of contact with staff and other students every week. All studio activity is supported by regular technical training in the workshops.

Each semester includes a written module, designed to develop research and communication skills and awareness of contemporary issues, art theory and history, career-oriented options, and reflective practice. There are weekly lectures by visiting practitioners, and lectures addressing employability, professional engagement and postgraduate study. In our studio projects, we build upon our connections with other departments in the University of Southampton to engage with research in many fields, which allows us to explore the ability of art to promote debate, stimulate new thinking, and address issues of pressing societal concern.

Exhibitions are an important aspect of the programme: we go on gallery visits, taking maximum advantage of our proximity to London; students organize exhibitions of their own work throughout the year, on and off the campus; and we curate exhibitions of material produced as part of our research-led projects or brought in to support them, in The Winchester Gallery, an on-campus facility. We organize an annual overseas study trip, which in recent years has seen our students take part in the Transmediale digital media festival in Berlin. Our Fine Art Degree Shows have a reputation for ambitious and challenging projects that attract broad public interest. They take place in Winchester and at a central location in London, and provide an effective platform from which our graduates launch their careers with confidence. Those graduates are self-motivated, flexible, highly creative individuals who go on to succeed in a diverse range of fields, which as well as fine art includes the film and music industries, publishing, and museums and galleries.

Highlights include:

  • purpose-built studios including specialist painting, sculpture, printmaking and flexible project spaces
  • extensive resources in new media, photography, digital printing, time-based media and computing
  • exhibition and professional practice opportunities delivered by practising curators and artists
  • high-profile degree shows in Winchester and London

Programme includes:

  • individually-tailored studio teaching and mentoring
  • a choice of modules in visual culture and digital practices and theory, business, and writing for the creative industries
  • public lectures with leading figures in contemporary art and culture
  • exhibition theory and practice module
  • lectures and seminars in art history and contemporary theory

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Application by UCAS and portfolio interview. Application deadline:15 January. Early applications are welcomed. We will conduct portfolio interviews from December onwards.

For the most up-to-date admission information, please check the UCAS website.

Programme Structure

In your first year you will be immersed in a range of mediums, materials and conceptual possibilities through group and individual projects, workshops, lectures and international study trips. The emphasis is on challenging your pre-conceptions of art and discovering new ways of making and thinking through experimentation and critical reflection.

At the end of your first year you will be able to choose specialist areas such as sculpture, painting, new media, and printmaking without compromising the breadth of your practice.

By the beginning of your second year you should have the skills and confidence to choose a path and initiate and direct your own practice. You will still be supported in developing an individual programme of research in your preferred medium or process. This second year helps you find your voice and grow as an individual artist, while gaining a critical understanding of your work in relation to international contemporary art and broader culture. You will also get the chance to prepare a framework to exhibit your work as a group or individual with our Exhibition Theory and Practice module.

In your third year you will get the opportunity to present your work at high-profile degree shows in Winchester and London. Our Fine Art Degree Shows have a reputation for ambitious and challenging projects that attract broad public interest. They provide a platform for you to demonstrate with confidence your professional and intellectual skills.

Our graduates leave with a high-degree of confidence in a range of transferable skills and are self-motivated, flexible, highly-creative individuals who go on to succeed in a diverse range of careers or further academic study.

Programme includes:

– individually-tailored studio teaching
and mentoring
– a choice of core modules in visual culture, museums and galleries, and digital practices and theory
– public lectures with leading figures in contemporary art and culture
– exhibition theory and practice programme
– lectures and seminars in art history and contemporary theory

Key Facts

Hands-on teaching from established professional artists and a inspiring programme of guest speakers, including leading contemporary artists, critics and curator

Broad-based interdisciplinary and specialist study with extensive workshop facilities and well-resourced studios with your own workspace

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEWinchester School of Art requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 (taken in England) or a Grade C (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales) in English and Mathematics. If you are taking an alternative qualification please contact our admissions team via
A Levels:
GCE A-level


Grades BBB, including an art/design based subject


International Baccalaureate30 points including 16 at a higher level          
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)


BTEC Extended Diploma in Art in Design

DDM (Distinction Distinction Merit)

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Please contact us for further information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Applications should be made via UCAS. Applicants who meet our minimum entry requirements will be invited to attend an individual portfolio interview. We will conduct portfolio interviews from December onwards.

Application deadline: 15 January. Early applications are welcomed.

For the most up-to-date admission information, please check the UCAS website at

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.

International / EU applicants

English Language requirements

International and EU students must also comply with the University of Southampton's English language entry requirement for this course, which is to achieve IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. Please see English language entry requirements for further details of English tests that we accept.

If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements for direct entry onto any of our BA programmes, you could be eligible to study on one of the University’s English language pre-sessional programmes at the Centre for Language Studies. For more information please visit Winchester School of Art Undergraduate Pre-sessional Programmes.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

You will study a range of compulsory and optional modules.

Year 1

In part 1, through workshop inductions, you will be introduced to a range of practical skills and media. Your skills in library research and the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) will be developed to equip you to tackle assignments at this level and throughout your study in the School.

A great deal of the focus is placed on working towards a practical development of your studio practice. You will also begin to engage with the contexts and the debates in contemporary art, considering theory from the perspective of the artist or maker. For this reason the Contemporary Issues module will be delivered by way of contact with practitioners conversant with contemporary theory.

The broad range of skills and experience offered in part 1 will provide you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your practice in part 2 in whatever medium or media you choose to utilise as appropriate to your ideas. This choice will be your decision but you will be guided on your decision by your tutors.

You will also be offered guidance on your selection of a career-orientated Option module. The career-orientated Option module is designed to enable you to tailor your programme to suit your choice of a career path. For example, you may choose to study the Visual Culture module, so as to be best prepared as an artist following graduation. Your choice of career-orientated Option module in Part two will require you to study that same Option module in part 3.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 2

By part 2 you will have established a broad grasp of a number of practical skills and an understanding of what informs and contextualises ideas and practices in fine art. You will now be encouraged to explore, experiment, speculate and test your ideas with the aim of developing you into an informed, skilled, independent practitioner.

In part 2 you will choose a specialist area (sculpture, painting, printmaking and new media) to base yourself within. This will not, however, limit the scope or breadth of your practice as you can continue to explore your ideas through the full range of disciplines.

As mentioned above student exchanges are available to assist in your tailoring of your study. Student exchanges enable you to develop your understanding from different cultural and professional viewpoints while developing the independent learning skills required to progress to part 3.

Semester One
Optional core

Select one from:

Introduction to Visual Culture

Introduction to Digital Practices and Theory

Introduction to Design Futures

Introduction to Business for the Creative Industries

Introduction to Writing for the Creative Industries

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Year 3

In part 3 you will focus your practice and its particular methodologies the individual exploration of your ideas, developing your work through to the degree exhibition. You will utilise your skills to produce well informed finished pieces of work that explore your interests and ideas. You will also be able to apply your career-focused skills and this will enable you to follow your ambitions once you graduate.


In part 3 the Final Major Project provides assessment of your practice and your ability to bring to conclusion, artworks which communicate the ambition of your ideas to a level of high quality. It will be supported by a portfolio of developmental work and studies. This is the opportunity for you to show the extent to which you have developed in your work throughout the programme, and represents the fruition of your studies.

Semester One
Optional core

You must study the same option module in Part 3 as you did in part 2:

Visual Culture

Digital Practices and Theory

Design Futures

Writing to Publication

Business for the Creative Industries

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA (Hons) Fine Art2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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Scholarships, bursaries 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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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc).
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentArt equipment and materials: Drawing paper, painting materials, sketchbooks, tools Some generic materials are available within the School, and a limited number of basic hand tools. Power tools and specialist equipment are provided and available for use following appropriate induction and training, and according to relevant booking procedures. All other materials required for individual studio practice must be sourced by students at their own expense.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
PlacementsIndustry placements and study exchanges: These cost for accommodation, insurance and travel costs etc. will be dependent upon the destination and other variables.
OtherOptional visits (e.g. museums, galleries): Some modules may include optional visits to a museum, galleries, etc. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Our Fine Art programme offers a thorough preparation for life as a professional artist and for employment opportunities in the art world and beyond. Many of our graduates go on to pursue careers in freelance art and design, curating, gallery/arts education, arts journalism or go on to further study to PhD level.

Learning & Assessment

The programme employs a variety of learning and teaching methods designed to support you in developing your own learning skills and in becoming increasingly independent.

The learning and teaching methods which focus on developing your knowledge and understanding, include lectures and seminars, study visits, practical workshops and inductions and group critiques.

During your study of the programme you will be encouraged to attend study visits but it is understood that, as these visits are self-financed and that individual circumstances may not easily allow for a period of study time away from the School, it may not always be possible for you to attend. In such cases, alternative comparable study visits within the locality or other centres within easy reach are provided.

All study visits have a detailed itinerary which allows students to contextualize their practice within the international context of the artworld. Such itineraries are applicable to international or UK venues. Group study visits are managed by Programme Leaders with the support of the School’s administrators: arrangements include risk assessment.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study37%31%29%
Independent study63%69%71%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment0%0%0%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%
Coursework assessment100%100%100%

Study Locations

Winchester campus

Winchester campus

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