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Opleiding: MFA Painting

Aangeboden door: Hanzehogeschool

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You wish to gain more insight into the innovative quality of painting in a rapidly changing world.Aware of the force of physicality and materiality of art works, you take a painterly approach as you conduct your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting shows you the imagination of ideas as well as how the material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means that you create new relationships and associations through the use of materiality. In this way, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in today's society by combining ideation and materiality; transforming your ideas in unexpected, meaningful and powerful images.

Participants of our programme stem from different practices, for instance art and design, but all share a fascination for painting. The combination of these disciplines enables you to develop your artistic vision, working in a hybrid practice as a critical and engaged artist. As your art engages with the world, you will grow as an individual as well as in your artistic profession, reinforcing the power of your imagination and exploring your own connection to a transforming, technologically charged society.


2016 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 1984 / jaar
2016 Full-time Institutioneel € 7500 / jaar
2016 Full-time Internationaal € 7500 / jaar

1st year

The first year of this master programme is mostly about exploring 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 the art of painting, looking beyond the boundaries of a traditional approach and carrying out research into new, artistic possibilities. At the same time you will reflect critically on your own work and your artistic practice.




The core qualities of our MFA Painting are challenge and renewal, making, thinking and sharing, autominy and diversity, artistic system and artistic mentality, critical vision and theoretical reflection, artistic research.

To gain these qualities the course works with specific didactics which are constantly in development and keep the individual differences between artists in mind.


* Working in your studio on your own development.
* Research & Media Theory: following theory and research courses about the relationship between visual perception psychology and media theory and between perception and cognition, current developments in media theory and links between the arts, visual communication and visual culture.
* Attending a series of lectures on relevant subjects at the University of Groningen
* Collaborating in a shared research course with master students from the University of Groningen.
* Individual or collective visits to relevant institutions, festivals and research centres
* Joining projects
* Visiting international exhibitions, an intensive study trip to New York in the 2nd year.
* Regular sessions, where you and your fellow students present and discuss the results of experiments, workshops, research projects
* Presenting and discussing your work at public occasions, exhibitions and public lectures.

instruction modes

Individual guidance,seminars, round tables, lectures, workshops, practical and theory assignments.


Art and culture, including various museums, can be found around every corner. Groningen is the largest city in the Northern Netherlands with around 195,000 inhabitants, an abundance of students and two major universities: the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. It is a friendly place, with plenty of shops, theatres, cafés, galleries, museums and parks, where it's easy to meet new people and build a network of contacts, especially in the world of art, culture and education. Groningen's architecture is certainly compelling: historical churches and towers stand next to new, state-of-the-art buildings. You'll find art everywhere in Groningen and its direct vicinity: in museums such as the Groninger Museum, Drents Museum, Fries Museum, Museum Belvédère, the Tschumi Pavilion Glass Video Gallery, the Wall House, Forum Images, and contemporary art galleries and experimental art spaces such as Sign and NP3.


MFA 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.

tuition fee

Please check www.hanzeuniversity.eu/tuitionfees for the actual tuition fees.

For information regarding grants and scholarships, please contact Annica Doornbos (a.c.doornbos@pl.hanze.nl)

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type Academic Master (WO)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur Geen titel
Benodigde taalkennis Nederlands, Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120