B.A. Fine Art

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

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

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