Painting, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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? Join the Painting programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.


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. Oder our brochure here.

That is why you will spend a lot of time during this Painting programme at 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.

After graduation

As a master of Arts you can continue to set up your own artistic practice, individually or as a member of an artistic collective.


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

Programme Structure

Study programme 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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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

To be admitted you must hold a bachelor's degree in art (visual art or design) or an equivalent university degree or qualifications in a related area. In addition, you are expected to be proficient in English. You must be able to read specialist publications in English, follow instructions in English and articulate your ideas well in English. English proficiency is to be demonstrated by submission of an official international IELTS or TOEFL test certificate (not older than two years).

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7700 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 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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