Coventry University

Painting MA

This course aims to extend your knowledge of paint as a material and process, introducing a range of disparate approaches to painting – from realism to abstraction, material to conceptual.

  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. See modules for more information.
  • Coventry School of Art and Design has taught art and design for over 150 years. Outward looking in attitude, this master’s course will encourage you to learn first-hand about painting and the art world in major British, European and worldwide centres.
  • You will join our vibrant, creative community, which has already provided a wide range of exciting opportunities for our previous graduates, including painting, residency, exhibition opportunities, community work, curating and the development of PhD and research.
  • The course challenges you to imagine, and work with, new audiences, processes and professional futures in order to enter into a sustainable and flexible career working with images.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2:2 or above in Fine Art or equivalent visual arts course and be committed to the idea of Painting as a discrete discipline. Non standard applications from candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis. The course will require an interview or portfolio review.

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each component area. If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Undertake research and evaluative reflection in order to synthesise and articulate an advanced knowledge of the theoretical and thematic concerns within their chosen area of contemporary painting practice.
  • Deploy skills, techniques and technologies with originality and imagination in relation to a defined discipline for continued painting practice at an advanced level.
  • Realise complex and ambitious artefacts/projects for identified and diverse audiences and contexts.
  • Contribute to the shaping of a global contemporary discourse by engaging with innovative, experimental, hybrid and creative approaches to painting practice.
  • Deploy advanced personal skills, judgement and critical awareness enabling problem-solving and innovation applicable to a wide range of creative, professional, social and collaborative contexts.
  • Operate as a contemporary creative in the field of painting as an artist producer, arts educator, curator, or professional in arts related industries.

Course Details

Based around the development of your individual practice, the core ethos of this master’s is to enable you to harness your personal development and creative ambitions. We want to help you discover what kind of artist you want to be, so that you can flourish within the scope of contemporary painting and the broader cultural realm.

The Course is focused on collaborative learning experiences and the development of a community of PG learning. you will critically develop your specialist practice/interests and start to question where personal boundaries and creative activities can be furthered or built upon at PG level. you'll work on a self-directed specialist Final Project. You will be required to conduct an in-depth critical investigation which reflects on your own discipline.


The School of Art and Design teaching and learning mirrors the needs of the Creative Industries ensuring that our graduates are equipped with the skills and attributes to become Industry specialists, leaders and innovators to drive social responsibility and design global change.The Creative Industries ability to be entrepreneurial, innovative and embrace change underpins our Art and Design courses. Our studio and workshop culture ensures you are socially responsible in our creative community and develop critical thinking in research and ‘make’ processes. Our global initiatives will give you skills to become collaborative communicators and make you culturally competent in the ever changing world of Art or Design.


Year 1

• Collaboration in Practice
• Painting Specialism
• Professional Context
• Painting Specialism 2
• Transnational Professional Development
• Painting Specialist Investigation 3
• Final Project Plan

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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