Entry requirements

2:1 or above in a related undergraduate discipline, although we also accept applications based on equivalent professional knowledge and/or industry experience.

If our Postgraduate Centre catches your imagination, you can apply directly throughout the year by accessing an application form through our website. You will be asked to give the usual application details, to provide some digital images of your work, and to submit a short personal statement. This personal statement is a chance to tell us what you want to do on your chosen programme, the themes that you want to investigate and your longer-term professional goals.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Painting programme will challenge and accelerate your individual practice, providing you with the opportunity to explore a discipline that, in a digital age, is constantly widening in scope.

This programme enables you to examine key issues in contemporary painting, extend your knowledge of paint as a material and as a process, and examine the ways in which methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary painting, whilst developing a critical relationship to tradition.

The programme is centred around the development of your individual practice, and encompasses a range of diverse approaches to painting, encouraging you to work in a variety of media as your research develops.

You will be part of a challenging learning and teaching environment that supports the development of your practical, professional and research skills.

Our MA Painting encourages you to explore the range of models of practice that are available for the contemporary painter, examining the notion of painting as research, and developing key questions and ideas in order to engage with the wider research culture in painting, both nationally and internationally.

We offer a dynamic studio environment in which to study painting, with access to workshop areas across the college.

Information for international students

A one year programme for anyone who has already completed their Undergraduate course. Please apply for our range of MA degrees directly to the college, by visiting our postgraduate course pages, selecting the programme you are interested in, and clicking 'Apply now'.

Our International Fees* are very competitive and are less costly than many of our competitors – yet our facilities are world-leading.

Our fees may seem lower than other institutions, but we pride ourselves in being committed to offering students accessible and affordable quality programmes. Please note, fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

*Excluding costs for international students who need a pre-sessional English course and ongoing in-year English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students commencing postgraduate study will be able to apply for non-means tested student loans, currently around £10,000, to help cover course fees and living costs. These loans will only be available to students who are resident in England and don’t already have a masters qualification.

A graduate of the college is entitled to a discount of 15% on MA fees if they choose to progress onto postgraduate study, no matter what year they graduated. This discount applies to graduates from our pre-degree programmes, as well as our undergraduate degrees.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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