12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Fine Art MA course at the University of Southampton offers you the opportunity to embrace new challenges in your art. This course draws students from across the world to study and develop their art in the beautiful surroundings of the historic city of Winchester.


Course Details

This Fine Art MA course at the University of Southampton captures the diversity of the world's contemporary art and values all types of art practice. You will develop your work, in practice and in theory, exploring key ideas and issues that inform contemporary art today.

You will work in purpose-built studios with a wide range of technical and academic facilities, with the freedom to explore your ideas through a single medium or across multiple art forms, including:

  • painting and drawing 
  • sculpture  
  • video and digital media 
  • photography and printmaking 
  • performance art 

You’ll gain insights into life as a working artist and will develop your own individual profile through: 

  • weekly guest lectures by leading practitioners 
  • creating a portfolio for your final project and to exhibit 
  • learning how to approach galleries, use social media, and build networks 
  • an arts-related professional skills module 

Other benefits of this art master's include access to purpose-built studios with the latest photography, video, 3D printing and laser cutting technologies, a gallery on campus, and close links to London and regional galleries. You'll also have the opportunity to display your work for the public at the annual MA Degree Show.

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media will also give you the chance to attend conferences and receive tutorial support from internationally celebrated professors.

Career Opportunities

  • We create an environment in which you can develop a mature and independent approach to your work, and gain the confidence and professional skills that will enable you to take forward a career as an artist when you graduate.
  • Some graduates choose to undertake further study at PhD level, or to pursue a career in arts-related organisations and other sectors. You will graduate with the ability to think critically and creatively, solve problems and work with others – these transferable skills will be invaluable in a range of roles in the cultural and media industries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional and Academic Skills (Practice)
  • Contemporary Fine Art 
  • Sustainability in Business and Design
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Digital Cultures
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experimental Publishing
  • Exploring the Visual Language of Display
  • Global Marketing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need at least a 2:2 degree in contemporary fine art. 
  • A 2:2 in another subject will be accepted if you meet the portfolio requirement for this course.

Your portfolio should show your recent artworks:

  • Please include documentation of up to 10 works: painting, sculpture, installation, video, or any medium or media appropriate for you. Create a PDF document to present your work. Keep images to around 1MB, unless you need to make them larger. If video, please ensure that this can be viewed in the UK by using a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. Use a password or code to keep it private if you wish.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practice through reflection on your work and references to other artists who have influenced you.
  • If you wish, you can include examples of professional practice in other subjects or careers, provided it has some relationship to your art.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Fine Art
University of Southampton


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!