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Master of Fine Arts and Painting

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Language of education
Dutch, English
24 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
University of Applied Sciences

Program description

Master of Fine Arts and Painting focuses on developing an artistic system characterized by a sound individual ground, a clear artistic view and a strong professionalism.

The Master of Fine Arts and Painting program requires research with various objectives. First, we distinguish research for the purpose of developing the student’s own work. Secondly, reflection on the student’s own practice. Finally, the work of art may serve to research a question or issue (artistic or otherwise). Consequently, it is not a matter of a general or domainspecific methodology that is being taught, but rather of individual supervision of the research process. Research results represent an explicit view of the student’s own work and art in general and visual work of good quality based on theoretical study. The presentation of research results (visual or otherwise) is an equally important point of particular interest within the course.

Master of Fine Arts and Painting Program Content

The Master of Fine Arts and Painting program has 3 components: the studio program, the theory program and projects.

In the studio program, on the basis of a flexible work plan, you work on your own oeuvre. You are supervised by a team of core lecturers, semester lecturers and guest lecturers. They visit you in your studio, and together you discuss your work and working methods.

For the theory program, in consultation with the lecturer, you compose the lecture program you wish to follow at the University of Groningen. Every semester you enter the research topics you want to explore into your research planner. Every month a round table discussion is held, led by the theory lecturer, on a subject relevant to all students. There are also seminars (group discussions).

Every semester has a project program. This may be a workshop, master class, symposium, excursion or exhibition.

Program outline
The Master of Fine Arts and Painting degree takes two years and is subdivided into four semesters. In the first semester the focus is on playing and experimenting with ideas and exploring opportunities, which leads to new or innovative images, working methods and techniques. The result is then subjected to critical reflection. Because you are constantly encouraged to contemplate your own work and working practices, you increasingly gain awareness of your artistic starting points. In the second semester the focus is on reflecting on your own artistic criteria, collecting and combining materials, and developing your own theme. The central element of the third semester is developing your artistic system and reflecting upon your artistic mindset.

Final project
The fourth semester is mostly taken up with preparing for graduation. We also concentrate on communication, and your relationship with the art world and society. 

The course concludes with you presenting the results of your studio research and your theoretical thesis. You present both of these in the form of a public exhibition. An excellent thesis may also be recommended for the academy prize.

Master of Fine Arts and Painting Program Objectives

Master of Fine Arts and Painting has the aim of providing Master’s Degree education at University of Applied Science level that will enable students to develop their proven talent in such a way that they can make a professional contribution to the domain of painting on the basis of their own artistic research and reflection.

Master of Fine Arts and Painting Study Subjects

Semesters 1 and 2: study modules The first term consists of the studio programme, components of the lecture programme, round-table discussions, seminars, and a project. During the work and in the supervision, the emphasis is placed on play/experiment and reflection. The student plays/experiments in order to invent new or renewed images, working methods, and techniques. The material thus gathered is then subjected to deliberation. This continual stimulation to reflect on their own work and research.

Master of Fine Arts and Painting the Program for you?

Master of Fine Arts and Painting program is suitable both for students who have just completed their bachelor's degree and are capable of conducting research independently and in a broad context, and artists who have already been working as professionals at bachelor level for several years. In both situations your study programme offers you the desired conceptual deepening and broadening of professional skills, and the frameworks for research.

Master of Fine Arts and Painting Career Prospects

The Master of Fine Arts and Painting program has been set up to give visual artists the opportunity to further develop their knowledge, insight and skills. Graduates are capable of drawing up plans for their work processes, formulating their own artistic theories, and communicating about their work. This enables them to secure a constant and prominent position on the various platforms of the art field.

Master in Fine Arts and Painting Related Programs

Besides the Master of Fine Arts and Painting, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen  offers a range of other Arts related programs such as Master in Scenography, Fine Arts

See which programs are related to the Master of Fine Arts and Painting program

Master of Painting and Fine Arts Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master of Fine Arts and Painting program will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top professional Master degree at Hanze University of Appied Sciences Groningen.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Master of Fine Arts and Painting program.

Admission requirements

Previous education

Diploma from a recognized institution for higher (art) education, or an equivalent qualification.

Professional experience

There is mutual cohesion in the student's work. Student is in the process of developing a clear statement regarding visual art.

Assessment interview

There are two rounds to the admissions procedure. In the first round, the documentation and completed entry form you have submitted, and your written motivation, are assessed. The second round consists of an interview that lasts over an hour, which may be followed by a second interview.
If it is not possible for foreign students to come to Groningen for an admissions interview, the interview
will be conducted by telephone or via Skype.

Knowledge minimum

Sufficient knowledge of English.

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