BA (Hons) Illustration
Turn the art of your imagination into crafted illustrations and build your portfolio using dedicated multi-media facilities and art studios.
BA (Hons) Fine Art
I enjoyed having the full support of the fine art lecturers on the course – they all really do get excited about your practice and encourage you to find your individual artistic voice and language. Like students, the lecturers have their own unique and varied art practices (and therefore standpoints) so there is always someone to offer you a different perspective on your artwork, which is needed.
I always over-emphasise the forms, behaviours, and fashions of my figures, often playing upon stereotypes of British working-class folk and young people. I do this because these are who I feel I most identify with as a working-class 21-year-old. However, these social groups have a history of being demonised by society, as evident in the ‘chav’ stereotype - a person who is ‘council housed and violent’. Another harmful stereotype of young people is of the hooded criminal, skulking on street corners with little ambition. By amplifying these stereotypes, I attempt to illustrate a dark sense of humour; mocking and playing to the idea that every working-class/young person can be identified this way (when of course they cannot).
Get involved in everything the course has to offer. The three years go by so quickly and you have got to absorb as much as you can whilst you still have the privilege of being a student. Also, take time to connect with Southampton’s art scene - go to events, visit the local galleries, and network with other local artists. Opportunities that you can get involved with to further your career as an artist will arise from this, I promise you!
Megan’s work contains adult content which is not suitable for all audiences. To view more of her work visit www.megangeorgiasmith.co.uk