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MA Painting

‘What is thinking in painting, rather than thinking about painting.’

Course Information

Painting defines its practice through the particularities of the painted field. The making materiality of the unique object, a globally acknowledged cultural history and the dedicated and dynamic relationship of the painted object to the painter. Painting in the 21st century is vital and relevant. Contemporary painting and what it can be, do and declare is meaningful. We ask how, why and according to what means.

The MA Painting course will explore this innovative and expansive territory in depth, dedicating itself to specialist study at postgraduate level.

Enjoying a growing resurgence in the last decade, recent exhibitions such as Painters’ Painters at the Saatchi Gallery and upcoming Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at the Whitechapel gallery demonstrate a renewed interest in painting and acknowledgement of its unique and innovative position within contemporary visual practice.

Painting defines its particular practice through the peculiarities of the painted field; the making materiality of the unique object; a globally acknowledged cultural history; the dedicated and dynamic relationship of the painted object to the painter. The MA Painting course will explore this innovative and expansive territory in-depth, dedicating itself to specialist study at postgraduate level.

This specialism is reflected in the course content, delivery and dedicated studio/workshop facilities. Staffed by leading practitioners and academics, focused painting technicians and visiting experts in the field; delivering a programme built upon the cross-fertilisation of practical application with an understanding of contemporary painting discourse. Further engagement with practicing artists, art world professionals and partner institutions will enable a connected and informed master’s student. You will, through individual studio practice and a dedicated programme, come to an advanced level of understanding of both painting theory and application whilst mapping your position within this territory.

This course looks to establish a new and distinctive voice in Fine Art study, both nationally and through collaborative ventures, internationally.

Painting of Associate Prof. Dominic Shepherd

Associate Prof. Dominic Shepherd

BA (Hons), MA (Chelsea School Of Art), PGCE Born in England in 1966 Dominic Shepherd studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art at both BA...

How to Apply

Once you've found the perfect Postgraduate course, you can apply through our online application form.

We encourage you to apply early so that you have time to organise accommodation and to arrange for a visa (if required) before you enrol.

We aim to interview all applicants who demonstrate the potential to succeed on the course. Interviews are used to assess whether you have the necessary skills and capabilities and whether this programme is appropriate to your interests and aspirations.

What our students are doing

Looking to be inspired? Browse our gallery of student work to find out more about the kinds of projects that our students get involved in.

Your interview and Portfolio

As part of your application, we require a portfolio of your work. You can find out more about what to include in your portfolio by downloading our Portfolio Guidelines.

Fees and Funding

The fee that you pay AUB provides the necessary equipment and training for you to complete your course but it's important to note that the tuition fees you pay for your postgraduate course will vary depending on the subject area you are studying and the type of postgraduate study you are embarking on.

You may also choose to buy some items of personal equipment such as a laptop or tablet computer, but this is not required; desktop and laptop computers are available for you to use in common study areas, including a loan system in the Library.

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