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Winchester School of ArtUndergraduate study

Studying Here

With more than 1,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students we are a vibrant and contemporary community where every person is recognised and valued.

Based in picturesque Winchester

Our campus is modern and purpose-built and is close to open countryside, a nature reserve and recreation grounds.

We are based in the picturesque city of Winchester that embraces both history and modernity with diverse amenities and a cultural life. In your spare time the many attractions on offer include an independent cinema, a theatre, live music venues, wide-ranging sports facilities, and excellent restaurants and pubs.

We are also within easy reach of London and just ten miles from the vibrant, south coast city of Southampton. Winchester city centre, railway station, bus station and halls of residence are only a ten minute walk from our campus.

Significant and ongoing investment is the key to our ambition to have the latest cutting-edge facilities and resources to meet industry standards and provide the best support to all our students.

All our programmes are structured as modules, comprising both core and optional modules. Our core modules are strengthened by career-focused optional modules including enterprise, digital practice and theory, the art of marketing and branding, museums and galleries, visual culture and responsible design.

The first year of our five practice-based programmes - Fine Art, Games Design and Art, Graphic Arts, Fashion Design and Textile Design - is diagnostic and broad-based. This will determine your strengths and interests and ensure you gain a full-grounding in all areas of your chosen subject.

For the remaining two years you will get the choice of specialist pathways, although Fashion Marketing with Management is a single pathway programme that includes optional modules.

Group work is a central part of our learning experience, from your first year where we will give you a substantial support structure for peer-group learning, to your third year where teaching and learning strategies will enable you to constructively critique your own work and that of others.

Individual research in independent study time increases between year one and year three and encourages time management and project management skills, working to deadlines, visual and verbal presentation, and enhances employability.

Your assessment will be continuous rather than exam-based and our final year Degree Show is the culmination of study and a showcase for achievement.

We actively encourage you to gain relevant work experience and have a growing number of work placements, professional opportunities and exchanges.

Studying abroad as part of your degree can also add depth to learning and help you gain invaluable employability skills. Our undergraduate curriculum has been designed to allow you to spend the second semester in your second year abroad. The work you do abroad will be assessed on your return and will contribute to your marks in the same way as units studied in the UK.

During your second year you will also produce a reflective journal and this can provide the chance to analyse your exchange experience.

We have key international partnerships with Erasmus exchange institutions across Europe. We also have our own links further afield.

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