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Painting - MA

Course Description

The perceived shift in attitudes to art production over recent years, caused partly by the ubiquitous nature of technology, has meant there is a renewed interest in painting and how it might flourish in a digital age. The discipline of painting, seen as outmoded by some, has gained a new relevance and focus, and is seen as a rich, complex language of its own.

This new course proposes a more 'disciplinary' approach to study, where painting as a distinct language and discipline can be studied in depth, with students extending and challenging their practice as painters both technically and conceptually.


-Award-winning staff with expertise in a wide array of approaches to painting as a discreet discipline.
-The opportunity to test and explore a range of ideas and issues relating to the traditions of painting.
-Access to dedicated painting studios, and the opportunity to benefit from specialist workshops.
-The opportunity to extend skills sets and embark on ambitious work with a view to developing a professional profile.
-The opportunity to develop a personal vocabulary of painting in the context of a contemporary discourse.


During the course you will take two dedicated painting modules in which you will develop your personal painting practice.

You will also undertake modules in contextual studies and professional practice which are part of the wider Creative Arts MA programme in the Design and Visual Arts section of the School of Art and Design. These modules will help you contextualise your practice, gain research skills and undertake professional activity.

Painting MA students will also undertake the common MA Project module: this module comprises one third of the course and takes the form of a personal project which will form the basis of a final exhibition.

The course is based around the development of an individual practice and will encompass a range of disparate approaches to painting. You will be encouraged to work in a range of media depending on your own interests, and you will be guided and supported by accomplished practitioners.


Successful graduates may find careers as self-employed artists exhibiting in a wide range of galleries and artistled spaces. You may also use this qualification to help enhance your prospects of entering a career in education. The barriers between art and design practices are increasingly porous, and you may find careers in a range of areas as portfolio workers.

During your time on the MA you will be guided and required to build a professional profile in preparation for entry into professional life.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Painting - MA page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in Fine Art or equivalent visual arts course and be committed to the idea of Painting as discreet discipline. Non standard applications from candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis. International applicants must also hold a minimum of 6.5 score in the IELTS test for English language.

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