Winchester School of Art rises 7 places in League Tables

It is with delight that Winchester School of Art have been listed as number 13 in a latest independent league table for study of Art and Design, a rise of 7 places, and continuing a steady climb over recent years.

Campus 2.jpg_SIA_JPG_fit_to_width_INLINEEach year The Complete University Guide publishes its league tables of universities and courses. In this year’s rankings, published today, WSA has seen the grading for Art & Design rise from 20 to 13 out of a total of 79 institutions. This is an increase which continues a progressive rise of over 20 places in just the last few years.

Ed D’Souza, WSA’s Head of School was delighted when he heard the news. “It’s wonderful to know that the School is so highly regarded, not just on its excellent academic record, but also in the high score reflecting student satisfaction. It is a testament to the hard work of all the staff and the spirit of excellence that WSA tries to encourage.”

Winchester School of Art is part of the internationally-renowned University of Southampton, and offers undergraduate courses in Fashion & Textile Design, Fine Art, Fashion Management and Marketing, Graphic Arts, Computer Games Design and Art, with a wide range of postgraduate courses and an ever-expanding research department. More information about the School of Art can be found on its website.

The Complete University Guide is one of three principal UK-based rankings for UK universities. The website for The Complete University Guide can be found here.


Mike Bastin – Nanjing, Wuxi, Xiamen, Chongqing, Chengdu and finally Beijing.


Mike moved on swiftly to the capital city of Jiangsu province, Nanjing. Here Mike delivered a lecture and took questions from students at Nanjing’s University of Finance and Economics (NUFE).


Mike then travelled by train, on one of China’s many high-tech trains and railway lines, to the nearby city of Wuxi.

The pictures show Mike holding a tutorial with a student at one of China;s most famous Fashion Universities, Jiangnan University, and Mike can be seen delivering a lecture of the emerging Chinese fashion industry, here discussing Shanghai Tang’s international expansion marketing strategy.

After only one night in Wuxi Mike flew to the beautiful coastal city of Xiamen in southeast China. Here Mike can be seen delivering a lecture to students at Xiamen Universities famous TKK Fashion College. Mike can also be seen taking questions after the lecture.

From Xiamen Mike then flew across China to the southwest mountain city of Chongqing. Here Mike can be seen discussing possible courses with a student and delivering an introductory speech at a recruitment fair organised for the top U.K Universities only.


Back from Chongqing, Mike can be seen here representing the Faculty at a recruitment fair in the city of Chengdu, famous for spicy food! Mike mingled with students and their parents, speaking in Chinese most of the time.



While in Chengdu Mike was also invited to deliver a lecture and introduce WSA courses to students at Sichuan University. Mike can also be seen holding a tutorial and discussing a student’s work.


Mike finished his whirlwind tour in the capital city with a lecture at the prestigious Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology and held tutorials with students keen for advice on their to date.


All in all, this trip has probed to be a resounding success. So many positives could be discussed but here are three of the most important

– WSA is so highly respected across China. more so than fellow Russell Group Universities

– mainland China’s second and third tier cities now really offer very attractive student recruitment opportunities

– Working with New Oriental Corporation is very definitely the way forward, where only the highest achieving students are registered at recruitment fairs

The Chinese students I met with are ALL excited about the opportunity to study at WSA and are also keen to contribute to the Chinese fashion industry.

Mike Bastin – On to Qingdao

On to east China’s beautiful coastal city of Qingdao, home to many of China’s most famous brands and of course Qingdao beer! Here Mike can be seen delivering a guest lecture to A-level Art students studying at The Confucius International College. During and after the lecture students asked many questions about WSA programmes and life in the U.K. After the lecture a few tutorials also took place where students wanted more detailed information.

Qingdao - agents meeting 2 IMG_5681 (2)Mike also met with two of WSA agents in Qingdao, working with them on the latest developments at WSA and advising on communications tips and techniques. Mike also interviewed several potential students here too.

Mike Bastin – Flying around the great Middle Kingdom

Welcome to the the next in our series of mini-travelogues from Mike Bastin, who is currently in China on behalf of WSA:

Hot-off the press from Harbin…

Straight into action in North China’s Harbin city with a presentation at a student recruitment fair and a guest lecture at a nearby University, followed by dinner with agents.

Looking at the pictures it occurs to me that I perhaps should not have given up a promising career as a summo wrestler .

Dalian - MA progression  lecture 3.picOn to Dalian, I was presented to 2nd year and 4th year students at our Dalian campus, promoting our MA Design Pathways as well as fielding many questions about studying and living in the U.K.

More soon…