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Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Open House
2,060 EUR
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

Study a Master's in Painting in the Netherlands

You are keen to gain more insight into the innovative potential of painting in a rapidly changing world. You are aware of the forces of physicality and materiality in art work, and you take a painterly approach to conducting your experimental research into the functioning of perception psychology, cognition and imagination. A painting both reveals how ideas are imagined and shows how material is edited and used. Taking a painterly and critical approach means harnessing materiality to create new links and associations. By combining ideation and materiality, transforming your ideas into unexpected, meaningful and powerful images, you determine the meaning and significance of your work in contemporary society.

Past, present and future

All over the world, painting has been reinvented as a result of political changes, the digitisation of society, demand for a postcolonial perspective and the current runaway art market. Alongside its emphasis on materiality and ideation, the Painting program responds to these developments by continually seeking a dialogue between different viewpoints on the past, present and future: between perception and cognition, image and language, stable and unstable media, old and new technologies and, in a broader sense, between art and science and both local and global forms of society. This allows us to collectively explore charted and uncharted territories whilst sharing our views and ideas, working in groups and learning from each other. At the same time, you will also embark on your own path, improving your knowledge and skills, and learning to reflect critically on your own position, role and work and on the world around you.

Hybrid practice

Students come to the Painting program from a range of different areas, including art and design, but all share a fascination for painting. The mix of disciplines enables you to hone your artistic vision, working in a hybrid practice as a critical and engaged artist. As your art increasingly engages with the world, you will grow both as an individual and in your artistic practice, reinforcing the power of your imagination and exploring your own relationship to a transforming, technologically charged society.

Admission 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. The minimum requirements are:

  • International IELTS test score: 6.5
  • International TOEFL test scores:
  • Internet-based: 90
  • Computer-based: 232
  • Paper-based: 575

Our admission procedure consists of two rounds. First we assess your submitted documentation and completed application form. After this, we invite you for a half-hour interview, possibly followed by a second interview. If you live abroad and cannot come to Groningen for this, we can conduct the interview by telephone or Skype.

To be admitted to this master’s degree program, you have to show us what you wish to get out of the program. We therefore ask you to submit a broad outline of the kind of artistic research that matters to you. What is it that fascinates you about painting? What kind of research would you like to carry out, how far do you want to advance and what type of progress do you want to make? During the admissions interview you will discuss your ideas with us. Once admitted, your ideas will form the basis for your next two years.

Tuition fees


  • EU/EEA students: € 2,060 
  • Non-EU/EEA students: € 7,700


Degree awarded: Master of Arts

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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands

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Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Zernikeplein 7
9747 AS Groningen

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