Do you want to grow as an artist of fine art? Would you like to expand your skills and extend your knowledge and insight into the art of painting? Do you want to know how to grow as an artist of an art that has been reinvented all over the world? Today it is important for artists to conduct experiments, to understand how perception psychology, cognition and imagination work. To learn how to convert ideas into images and to get your message across to the public. 

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That is why you will spend a lot of time during this programme on viewpoints of past, present and future and on the relations between perception and cognition, image and language, stable and unstable media, old and new technology, art and science. You will also learn about local and global forms of society.  Together with the other students you will explore charted and uncharted territories, sharing views and ideas and learning from each other. 

You will find yourself in the company of students who come from different countries and cultures and various backgrounds. What you all share is a fascination for painting. You wish to bring your artistic work to a higher level. Together you will develop a critical view of the world and of your influence as an artist. This will help you to foster your artistic vision as well as your understanding of the impact of your work on society. You will grow as an individual painter as well as an artistic professional in a society that is rapidly changing.

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​​​​​Programme structure


Study programme Painting has a two-year curriculum. The first year you will focus on exploring your possibilities in 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 your own work, encouraging you to cross borders and see beyond the boundaries you are used to. This is also a year of reflection: you will learn to see your own work and that of the other students in another light. It is important to understand the relations between painting and other media and to learn how you can use innovations to improve your own artistic practice. It is also possible to find out more about the international art world, create new concepts and discover the possibilities of artistic research. 

During your first year you will extend your knowledge of and insight into the way disciplines are related during your Research & Media Theory classes. You will attend group sessions with your fellow students, experts and the public, presenting and discussing the results of experiments, workshops, research projects and your won progress. There is also time for individual or collective visits to relevant institutions, festivals and research centres.

After the 1st year

After the 1st year

At the start of your second year you will have an idea of what you really want to achieve during this master. You have compiled your individual research plan, which you will carry out in the second year, leading to your master thesis.

The second year is focused on your graduation research project. You will still go to classes, but not as often as in your first year. Encouraged by your supervisors you will carry out your own research project and write your thesis. There will be plenty of opportunities to share your work with others and reflect on what it is you want to do. During a series of public dialogues you will discuss your work with an audience of guest lecturers and others in order to improve the final result. 

Additional subjects and projects

Additonional subjects and projects

In addition to the regular sessions and classes you will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures at the University of Groningen about history, art, psychology of art and art philosophy. You will also take part in a joint research course on Research & Development/New Media Art Practices with master students of the University of Groningen. You can also carry out projects of the Centre of Applied Research and other Hanze partners. During your second year you can apply for prestigious awards for excellent students of fine arts, like the George Verberg Scholarship

Vocational training

Vocational training

To help you to reinforce your artistic profession you will visit relevant institutions, centres of expertise and art fairs. This way you will meet a broad range of people from the professional field so you can build your own network of useful and inspiring contacts. In addition, you will work within an open, cross-media network of artists, technologists and scientists to develop your entrepreneurial attitude, realise your ideas, sharpen your vision and sharing your questions and solutions. Just as important is your artist attitude. We expect you to think and act like an investigative artist in an international practice, bringing together different perspectives in exciting work and projects. Therefore we will help you master these organisational skills, raising funds, organising support and promoting the project to the public. 



Your graduation consists of a graduation work and a master thesis, showing your analytical skills, critical view and ability to reflect on your own work and that of others. You will also show your research skills. During a public graduation you will present your artistic work and your master thesis. 

International possibilities

International possibilities

This master has an international focus: a great many of our students are from abroad. Their input is of great value to all students. Furthermore, during your second year you can visit international exhibitions, biennials and triennals and join an intensive study trip to New York. ​


​​​After graduation

After graduation

As a master of Arts you can continue to set up your own artistic practice, individually or as a member of an artistic collective.


​Year 1

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  • Theory & Reflection
  • Project & Trips
  • Graduation

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