Winchester School of Art is one of the UK's leading art and design institutions. It is an international centre for ideas and innovation, with a long and distinguished history going back almost 150 years. Part of the world-renowned University of Southampton, the School's highly-contemporary and global outlook ensures that it is ready to meet the challenges of the creative future.
Winchester School of Art offers a unique and broad range of programmes in fine art, fashion, textiles, graphic design, advertising design and photography and digital media. Staff are leaders in their fields, extremely experienced, engaged in current professional practice and world-class research and have a firm commitment to quality in the teaching they provide. Independent research is also a feature of most programmes and is designed to encourage working to deadlines and visual and verbal presentation, which provide a head-start in the employment market.
Excellent facilities and services are another feature of Winchester School of Art. A range of resources - computing, photography, digital printing and time-based media - are available School-wide and complement the facilities within each programme's studio space. The Career Destinations service offers a wide range of support services to students at all stages of their university life and even after graduation. The School has developed a number of international collaborations which promote advancement of academic and educational exchanges, which include academic visits, joint teaching and research programmes and exchange of students.
Winchester School of Art aims to nurture confident learners who think creatively. In addition to subject specific and generic knowledge and understanding of an art or design discipline, graduates are trained in key communication and team working skills that are desirable for employment.
Winchester School of Art offers some of the most dynamic art and design programmes in the UK, with undergraduate courses spanning the spectrum of fine art, fashion, textile design, graphic arts, and fashion marketing.
Programmes on offer are:
The innovative new degree programme in Fashion Marketing aims to set students on the road to a successful management career in fashion marketing.
The Fine Art programme prepares students for life as a professional artist in the exciting and expanding field of international contemporary art. Fine Art also gives students the opportunity to develop their practice across the full range of media available today, including painting, print making, video, photography, web projects, sculpture, installation, site specific and time-based art.
All undergraduate applications must be made through UCAS, the central processing body for Higher Education courses.
You can make your application online at the UCAS website, where you'll also find key dates and deadlines. The admissions team that handles the course you have chosen will consider your application carefully. You should hear back in about six weeks.
As a general rule, international students are invited to send in a portfolio of work by email or post. Portfolio guidance can be downloaded from the website. An applicant's Personal Statement, previous qualifications and references will all be taken into consideration and applications are considered on an individual basis.
Winchester School of Art has more than 350 postgraduate students, most on the unique and broad range of MA programmes, as well as some researching art and design to PhD level.
As a student, you'll become part of the close-knit Postgraduate Society within your area of study and work with internationally respected academics and experience world-leading research as it happens, with access to state-of-the-art resources.
To apply for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University's general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme. Students can apply online and must upload the following documents as part of their application:
Typical entry requirements are listed below:
MA Design and MA Fine Art
Luxury Brand Management
Other qualifications are considered on an individual basis for all programmes/pathways.
International students must comply with the University of Southampton's English Language entry requirements and achieve a minimum test score of 5.5 in each component of the IELTS test.
Winchester School of Art offers an exciting, research-intensive environment with a diverse group of full and part-time postgraduate students.
All postgraduate students at the School have the opportunity to take part in regular research seminars, the PhD student forum and exhibitions of practice-led research. They can also avail opportunities to present research at conferences, within the School itself, as well as participating in national and international conferences and exhibitions.
As a research student you will be supervised by leading academic specialists and have access to excellent workshops, study areas and media facilities and contact with senior researchers across the University. Research training covers research project management, preparation for examination and publication, as well as technical and practical skills appropriate to your project.
Cross-disciplinary engagement is encouraged and many of the School's 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 and sound engineering.
Many students will be offered the chance to teach, either assisting an experienced course convenor, or leading elements and modules themselves. Intensive mentoring is part of the experience offered.
In addition to the documents to be sent in for a postgraduate application, research applicants to Winchester School of Art must also include a research proposal and a portfolio of work (If applying for practice-based research).
Fashion and Textile Design students benefit from dedicated studios fully equipped with a wide range of industry-standard machinery and accessories. This includes an extensive range of industrial sewing machines, multi-thread overlockers for woven and knitted fabrics, professional dress stands for menswear and womenswear, as well as a fusible press and vacuum presses.
Students working in printed textiles have access to a variety of dedicated print studios and computer suites to facilitate the range of processes and techniques used in printing for fashion and interiors.
Fine Art students have their own studio space and have access to printmaking studios, sculpture workshop with foundry and kilns, sculpture yard and time-based media workshop.
Graphic Arts students have their own workspace within a flexible, mixed-specialism base studio, fully equipped with wi-fi, Macintosh work stations, and meeting and production areas.
Textile Design students are assigned their own workspaces with easy access to workshop studios while fashion and knitwear students also enjoy the opportunity to access individual or shared work areas.
As well as the main campus, Winchester School of Art also has a campus in Dalian, China. This is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and is supported by the Department of International Studies.
Academic programmes at Winchester School of Art are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in fine art, fashion, textiles, fashion management, graphics, advertising, photography and new media.
Employability is a key focus throughout the School, both within the curriculum - through programmes designed to develop the practical, research and business abilities that are valued by employers - and through a network of institutional, professional and industrial contacts.
As well as gaining an excellent grounding in practical techniques, a selected number of competitive work placements and exchange opportunities contribute to a network of contacts which make graduates ideally placed for the future. At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, students have opportunities to work on 'live' projects and build a wide-ranging, professional portfolio that will enhance their career prospects.
The University of Southampton's Career Destinations service offers the following services to students:
For more information, visit the Career Destinations website.
Winchester School of Art will soon be launching a new and exciting venture - A Student Agency. This will be a design agency run by current students and recent graduates. It is an innovative, forward-thinking concept that will provide students with a competitive edge in the employment market.
The professionally-staffed Student Agency will enable career-focused students to enhance their professional viability by matching their talent as young designers with the demands of industry. The Agency will find clients that need flexible, cost-effective, creative and design services including graphic design; website design and development; creative advertising and art direction; copy writing; publishing and creative consultancy.
Working on practical, 'live' design projects will give students the opportunity to apply the principles, skills and theory they learn in their studies. Students will get the chance to further develop their skills, grow their portfolio, gain commercial exposure and use their own initiative to deliver business benefits for a client, on time and to budget.
More and more people in design are becoming self-employed and the Student Agency will be just one way to help students become entrepreneurial, able to compete in a tough sector and gain real professional experience with real clients that will support them beyond their studies into employment.
Winchester was a great place to study; the School of Art was ideal as a campus, being close enough to London for all the galleries, events, and private views, but also situated within relaxed, quiet surroundings, which I found perfect for creativity"
There was always a great atmosphere and work ethic within the studio, the result of the exceptional staff who run the course, know the creative industries, and are very aware of preparing students for careers in them. I believe that the teaching staff, design and structure of the course, facilities and the amount of contact time as a student you have with staff makes the course stand out.
The course recently ran an exhibition in Brick Lane in London, which was great to be part of, and I've also exhibited at the D&AD New Blood. While studying, I did some work for YCN and the advertising company VCCP, and since graduating
I've moved up to London and worked for ELLE Magazine photographing Reading Festival, as well as being part of a creative writing workshop run by Charlie Dark at Nike 1948.Simon Holmes
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