Painting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English


Do you want to grow as an artist of fine arts? Would you like to expand your skills and extend your knowledge and insight into the art of painting? Do you want to know how to grow as an artist of an art that has been reinvented all over the world? Today it is important for artists to conduct experiments, to understand how perception psychology, cognition and imagination work. To learn how to convert ideas into images and to get your message across to the public.

That is why you will spend a lot of time during this programme in Painting from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen on viewpoints of past, present and future and on the relations between perception and cognition, image and language, stable and unstable media, old and new technology, art and science. You will also learn about local and global forms of society. Together with the other students you will explore charted and uncharted territories, sharing views and ideas and learning from each other.

You will find yourself in the company of students who come from different countries and cultures and various backgrounds. What you all share is a fascination for painting. You wish to bring your artistic work to a higher level. Together you will develop a critical view of the world and of your influence as an artist. This will help you to foster your artistic vision as well as your understanding of the impact of your work on society. You will grow as an individual painter as well as an artistic professional in a society that is rapidly changing.

International possibilities

This master has an international focus: a great many of our students are from abroad. Their input is of great value to all students. Furthermore, during your second year you can visit international exhibitions, biennials and triennals and join an intensive study trip to New York.


The programme is formally accredited by the Dutch government (NVAO).

Programme Structure

MFA Painting has a two-year curriculum. The first year you will focus on exploring your possibilities in your chosen field. You will carry out your own research and studio work in our Hybrid Arts Lab. We will challenge you to explore how you can innovate and renew your own work, encouraging you to cross borders and see beyond the boundaries you are used to. This is also a year of reflection: you will learn to see your own work and that of the other students in another light. It is important to understand the relations between painting and other media and to learn how you can use innovations to improve your own artistic practice. It is also possible to find out more about the international art world, create new concepts and discover the possibilities of artistic research.

During your first year you will extend your knowledge of and insight into the way disciplines are related during your Research & Media Theory classes. You will attend group sessions with your fellow students, experts and the public, presenting and discussing the results of experiments, workshops, research projects and your won progress. There is also time for individual or collective visits to relevant institutions, festivals and research centres.
After the 1st year
At the start of your second year you will have an idea of what you really want to achieve during this master. You have compiled your individual research plan, which you will carry out in the second year, leading to your master thesis.The second year is focused on your graduation research project. You will still go to classes, but not as often as in your first year. Encouraged by your supervisors you will carry out your own research project and write your thesis. There will be plenty of opportunities to share your work with others and reflect on what it is you want to do. During a series of public dialogues you will discuss your work with an audience of guest lecturers and others in order to improve the final result.
Vocational training
To help you to reinforce your artistic profession you will visit relevant institutions, centres of expertise and art fairs. This way you will meet a broad range of people from the professional field so you can build your own network of useful and inspiring contacts. In addition, you will work within an open, cross-media network of artists, technologists and scientists to develop your entrepreneurial attitude, realise your ideas, sharpen your vision and sharing your questions and solutions. Just as important is your artist attitude. We expect you to think and act like an investigative artist in an international practice, bringing together different perspectives in exciting work and projects. Therefore we will help you master these organisational skills, raising funds, organising support and promoting the project to the public.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

After receiving your application, we will send you a confirmation with an application form and details of the documents we require from you.

There are three admission rounds for sending in application forms and documents to apply for the study year 2017-2018:

  • round 1 > sending applications before February 14, 2017
  • round 2 > sending applications; we prefer before April 04, 2017 (at the latest May 02, 2017).
  • round 3 > sending applications; we prefer before June 06, 2017 (at the latest July 04, 2017).
Admissions procedure
Our admissions procedure consists of two rounds. Firstly, we will assess the documentation and completed application form that you have submitted together with your written motivation. After this, we will invite you for an interview of approximately half an hour, which is possibly followed by a second interview. If you live abroad and cannot come to Groningen for this procedure, we can conduct the interview by telephone or Skype.
Admissions evaluation
During your admissions evaluation we will assess your theoretical skills as well as your ability to use knowledge to deepen and enrich yourself as an artist. Your work is discussed, as is your motivation, your bachelor thesis and the importance of the theoretical component of the programme. The admissions committee comprises theoretical and artistic professionals, including a practical and theory lecturer, a student and the head of the Frank Mohr Institute.
Entry requirements
To be admitted you need a bachelor's degree in art (visual arts or design) or an equivalent previous education (for example, a university degree or diploma in a related area). In addition, you are expected to have good English language skills. You must be able to read specialist publications in English, follow instructions in English and express yourself well in English. To prove your competence, you have to submit an official international IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge ESOL test certificate.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    7500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1,000 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


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