Henrietta Paine

MA Painting

Course Duration

1 year; full-time
2 years; part-time

Our Masters programmes offer you an intensive personal programme of creative and stimulating study within a supportive critical and practical framework that enables you to examine, interrogate and reflect upon the nature and role of your chosen practice.

We encourage diversity in thinking and making, acknowledging the potential in material exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of new and vital concepts. Critical enquiry and practice-based exploration are central to the programmes, helping you to make dynamic and challenging work that resonates and reflects your key concerns in light of current national and international dialogues.

Student Paula Meninato curates panel discussion with Michelle Angela Ortiz Christopher Sebastian Mc Jetters Miholyn Soon and Jo Anne Mc Arthur Photos by Sarah Packer

Student Paula Meninato curates panel discussion with Michelle Angela Ortiz, Christopher Sebastian McJetters, Miholyn Soon and Jo-Anne McArthur at Tate Modern as part of Arts University Plymouth's Tate Exchange programme.

The MA Painting programme enables you to examine key issues in contemporary painting in how methods and materials shape an agenda in contemporary painting, whilst developing a critical relationship to its tradition.

The programme is centred around the development of your painting practice, and how it will encompass a range of diverse approaches to painting, encouraging you to experiment across different disciplines as your research develops and grows.

The programme encourages you to explore the notion of painting as research and developing key questions and ideas in order to engage with the wider research culture in painting.

MA applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above. However, the strength of your creative practice and other forms of experience will be taken into account at the interview stage and we encourage you to start a conversation with us.

Arts University Plymouth graduates are offered a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees, regardless of when they studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.

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Vanessa Allen, MA Painting

You will have the opportunity to critically engage with current debates within the subject area, relevant institutional contexts and partners and be encouraged to consider what it means to be an artist in the 21st century.

We’ll support you in articulating your ideas, developing your working methods and creating independent work, through individual tutorials, lectures, subject-specific seminars, studio and gallery visits and group critiques with access to our rich workshop areas and technical resources across the university.

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Daniel Phillips, MA Painting