12 months
18500 GBP/year
8000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Painting course from Arts University Bournemouth will explore this innovative and expansive territory in depth, dedicating itself to specialist study at postgraduate level.

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Course Philosophy

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. 

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 Painting course from Arts University Bournemouth looks to establish a new and distinctive voice in Fine Art study, both nationally and through collaborative ventures, internationally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The painted language (Materials, methods, contexts.) - Assignments in The Painted Language are aimed at decoding three key areas of your making: the theories, debates and situating of practice; the technical considerations and processes involved in the expanded field of painting; the relationship to modes of making that is the personal dynamic.
  • Everything in its wrong place (Explore, enquire, elucidate.) - This unit provides an opportunity to explore and articulate your painting practice, through focused research, professional engagement, active dialogue and studio practice. 
  • Head, Heart and Hand (purpose; integrity; Exhibit) - Here you will create a fully resolved and realised body of work. Very much a time of independent working against the creative tension of a deadline.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You will usually have BA (Hons) Degree graded at 2.1 or above, or an equivalent UK or international qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Home/EU fees - £4,000 per annum (part time)
  • International (Non-EU): £9,250 per annum (part-time)

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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