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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First year: exploring possibilities

The first year of this study 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 traditional approaches and investigating new artistic possibilities. At the same time you will reflect critically on your own work and artistic practice. You will learn how painting is intertwined with other media, technology and disciplines and how you can tap into these innovations in your own artistic practice. This will allow you to improve your knowledge and skills, get to know the international field of practice, forge new concepts and discover avenues of artistic research.

Preparing for the second year

During your first year you will gradually start to focus on the area you want to concentrate on in your second year, gathering ideas, improving your skills and gaining new knowledge to prepare for your practical research. This will help you to develop and refine the research plan that you will carry out in the second year and which will form the basis for your master's thesis. At the end of your first year your work will be assessed to determine whether you are ready to start the second year.

Second year: achieving your artistic goals

At the start of your second year you will begin to work on your graduation project. Most of your time will be devoted to working on this project. You will still attend classes, but fewer than in the first year. Supervisors will advise and guide you and stimulate your progress. Your goal in this year is to complete your research project and write your master's thesis. There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the year to share what you have learned and experienced with others during group sessions, discussions and presentations. Depending on your needs, one or more guest lecturers may also be asked to contribute to the supervision of your research project. Second-year students also take part in a series of public dialogues to discuss their work with guest lecturers and others, which will help you to enhance your work and take it to the next level.

Additional 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. 

Grants and awards

As a second year master's student you can apply for excellence awards such as the George Verberg Grant, a prestigious annual award in the amount of €10,000, enabling the winner to spend a year in one of the Baltic States, Germany, Poland or Scandinavia to work there as an artist.

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.

Graduation work and master's thesis

Towards the end of your second year you will create your graduation work and write a master's thesis in which you demonstrate your analytical skills, critical view, ability to reflect on your own work and overall research abilities. Your thesis should set out how you envisage your future position in the art world. You will present both your artistic work and your master's thesis during your public graduation ceremony. Upon graduation you will be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art and Design with a specialisation in Painting.

International possibilities

This study programme 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. 


You will have all facilities you need at your disposal. You are welcome to buy or borrow books and study materials at our Media Centre. At the Academy shop we sell basic stuff, like paper, brushes, charcoal, pens, pencils and blank books.

HAL 24/7

Most of your time you will spend in our Hybrid Arts Lab, also called HAL 24/7. Here you can use all the facilities, workshops, materials and technical support you will need. At HAL 24/7 we provide an artistic technology research lab, rooms we use for seminars, projects and lectures as well studios.  At HAL 24/7 you can attend expert meetings, artist's talks and exhibitions, for instance by professors of the Centre of Applied Research and Innovation Art & Society.  


Here we also have ten well-equipped workshops at your disposal. Here you can carry out experiments and learn skills. These workshops are open to all: you can also use them in order to work with a technique or medium for the first time. All students of Minerva Art Academy are welcome here. It doesn't matter which course you do or what year you are in. 


As a future artist you need to go out there and show the world what you can do. At our showcase you get every opportunity to show your work. Start at once. This is how you prepare for you future from the start of your studies. Go to the Showcase and make sure you are visible.


​​​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

  • HAL 24/7
  • Theory & Reflection
  • Project & Trips
  • Graduation

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