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Plymouth College of Art: Painting

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


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.

Ethos Our MA Painting encourages you to explore the varied models of practice that are available for the painter today, examining the notion of painting as research, and testing the boundaries of this medium in order to engage with the wider research culture in painting, both nationally and internationally. This programme examines current debates in painting, working to extend your knowledge of paint as a material and as a process. You will use concepts, methods and materials to develop a critical relationship to tradition, while engaging with the diverse agendas of contemporary art practice.

Outline You will be part of a dynamic studio environment that supports the development of your practical, professional and research skills. The programme encompasses a range of diverse conceptual and technical approaches to painting, encouraging you to work in a variety of media as your research develops. You will be supported to develop an approach to your painting practice where methods, materials and iconography have clearly articulated relationships to one another. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports a wide range of approaches to painting, including painting in an ‘expanded field’, exploring intersections between painting, film and performance.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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