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Painting MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ADT059

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Spanning all cultures and an ever-expanding range of art styles, painting is now a vibrant part of contemporary fine art practice, which has experienced a renewed interest in recent years.

Major institutions and galleries, such as the Tate, have featured painting significantly over the past decade and it has benefited from an increasing presence in art journals. Elsewhere in the wider world, influential new painting has emerged from eastern Europe and China. Gaining a new relevance and focus, the discipline is viewed as a rich, complex language of its own.

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 graduates, including painting, residency, exhibition opportunities, community work, curating and the development of PhD and research.



Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our alumni say

Throughout my MA Painting, I have had the time and space to reflect upon and think about my practice as a painter. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is a good relationship with the tutors. The course has a good balance of theory and practice. The library and workshops are absolutely fantastic, staff are very friendly.

Matthew Macaulay, MA Painting, graduated in 2016, now painter, independent curator and director of Pluspace Project

Course information

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.

During the course, you will take two dedicated painting modules in which you will develop your personal painting practice. We aim 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.

Guided and supported by accomplished practitioners, you will be given opportunities to test and explore a range of ideas and issues relating to the traditions of painting. We encourage you to work in a range of media, including paint media, print, photography and digital technologies, as appropriate and depending on your own interests.

You will also undertake modules in contextual studies and professional practice, which are part of the wider Creative Arts MA programme in the Design and Visual Arts section of the School of Art and Design. These modules will help you contextualise your practice, gain research skills and undertake professional activity.

The course culminates with the common MA Project module, which comprises one-third of the course and takes the form of a personal project. Your final project will be tailored to your own area of professional practice and your personal creative passion, which will form the basis of an exhibition of your work in the end-of-year MA Degree Show. With a view to developing your professional profile, these shows are open to the public and attended by curators and other art world professionals.

Modules

Overview

Modules

In more detail...

  • Research-informed teaching with expertise in representational and abstract painting.
  • Access to large dedicated painting studios and specialist workshops to support your creative journey.
  • Staff will provide instruction on various creative techniques and will share their own diverse professional experience.
  • High levels of student satisfaction in Art and Design; 80% compared with the sector average of 76% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).
  • Ranked 19th in the UK for ‘Art and Design’ in the Complete University Guide 2017 and 12th for ‘Design and Crafts’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Taught by award-winning staff whose achievements include being runner up in the 2013 BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery and being shortlisted for the Garrick Milne Prize.
  • Coventry University is participating in the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) project, a national initiative providing residencies to visual artists and designers, which enables students to work alongside and interact with them. We currently have four artists with us, who will be giving talks and showing work throughout the year.

Opportunities to exhibit your work during the course in addition to our annual MA Degree Show.

Your main study themes are: 

  • The space of painting: You will be expected to develop a body of practical work based on a personal study proposal. The work should be developed within relevant theoretical and critical contexts and will seek to advance and challenge your existing ideas and technical competences. We will encourage you to think critically about your practice in terms of exploring the possibilities for painting within current art practice.

  • Painting methodologies: We study the range of methodologies open to the contemporary painter, so that you can develop the overall direction of your work, your individual voice and concerns within contemporary art. Emphasis will be on the study of appropriate technical means, consideration of the working studio space as a factor in ideas and production and issues of display. You will determine your subject matter, content, style, scale, process and technical characteristics. 

  • International contexts: Provides a practical and flexible insight into a broad range of international art and design practices and contexts. It is designed to increase your knowledge, awareness and experience of a wide spectrum of professional contemporary art and design contexts in relation to your own specific practice and research. 

  • Contemporary issues: Addresses different theoretical positions and visual languages as used in contemporary art and design practice. Considering a broad range of work across the visual arts, you will explore the differences and intersections of contemporary debates across the visual arts and design to develop and enhance the theoretical and practical research skills required by professional artists and designers.

The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. The programme is divided into three semesters, starting in October and January. 

Our aim is to foster innovation, creativity and enterprise through a range of teaching strategies which engage personal practice, context and professional practice. This includes: lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, self-directed study, ongoing production of coursework, essays, log books, critical review, learning contracts, reports, portfolios, verbal and visual presentations. You will be required to engage with course material either individually, in groups or collectively as a class.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to attend a range of specialist workshops, such as oil painting and printmaking. We will bring real-life practice into teaching wherever possible, drawing from our own experiences of exhibiting work in galleries across Europe and farther afield and producing commissioned work for a wide range of commercial sectors.

Self-directed learning forms an element of all modules and the necessity to work within tight deadlines is an essential requirement across the curriculum, preparing you for the realities of professional practice.

Guest lectures and tutorials are given by a range of artists and art professionals. There will be trips to London and other cities to see paintings first hand; you are also welcome to attend the annual Fine Art trip to a European destination.

Students will experience a range of assessment methods in line with the ways in which they might be expected to work. One method, the design critique, common in art and design education, provides an opportunity for formative assessment of student work individually or in groups.

Assessment employs a range of methods including: verbal or written presentations, portfolio, written reports, log books and artefacts.

The overall strategy is to ensure that there is a range of different methods used in recognition of the differing strengths of students and to test different skills. 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Report: 20%
  • Practical coursework: 80%

On the successful completion of 180 level master’s credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of master’s programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

80% assessed by practical coursework

On completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The practice and mastery of painting in relation to the historical, cultural, professional and research contexts of the domain of painting within an expanded practice of fine art.
  • Creative production through professional engagement within the discrete discipline of painting.
  • The interrelationships within and between aspects of painting practice and associated theoretical and contextual ideas


On completion, you should be able to:

  • Describe, interpret and evaluate artworks from a range of critical perspectives, taking account of the context of their production and critical evaluation.
  • Evaluate and apply the processes involved in professional practice and practice-led research.
  • Apply analytical skills in relation to painting practice to artwork and context. 
  • Identify, master and exploit specialist painting processes within the broader contemporary discourse of fine art.
  • Effectively research, articulate and generate professional artworks.
  • Undertake practice informed by the acquisition, understanding and application of professionally commensurate skills and working methods in relation to the area of painting practice.

In a typical semester, a full-time student will have two contact days per week, during which teaching and tutorials will take place. 

In addition, students will be expected to undertake a further 30 hours of self-directed study each week and to continue working on course assignments.

The course aims to provide you with the creative, technical and professional skills to pursue a global career in painting with staff drawing on their own experiences of having worked and exhibited throughout the world. Painting is a truly global artform and artists from around the world will be studied.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our alumni say

Throughout my MA Painting, I have had the time and space to reflect upon and think about my practice as a painter. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is a good relationship with the tutors. The course has a good balance of theory and practice. The library and workshops are absolutely fantastic, staff are very friendly.

Matthew Macaulay, MA Painting, graduated in 2016, now painter, independent curator and director of Pluspace Project

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 discreet discipline. Non standard applications from candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Portfolio

The course will require an interview or portfolio review and for International students this can be an online portfolio.

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 discreet discipline. Non standard applications from candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Portfolio

The course will require an interview or portfolio review and for International students this can be an online portfolio.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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 discreet discipline. Non standard applications from candidates with relevant professional experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Portfolio

The course will require an interview or portfolio review and for International students this can be an online portfolio.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

Throughout my MA Painting, I have had the time and space to reflect upon and think about my practice as a painter. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is a good relationship with the tutors. The course has a good balance of theory and practice. The library and workshops are absolutely fantastic, staff are very friendly.

Matthew Macaulay, MA Painting, graduated in 2016, now painter, independent curator and director of Pluspace Project

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our alumni say

Throughout my MA Painting, I have had the time and space to reflect upon and think about my practice as a painter. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is a good relationship with the tutors. The course has a good balance of theory and practice. The library and workshops are absolutely fantastic, staff are very friendly.

Matthew Macaulay, MA Painting, graduated in 2016, now painter, independent curator and director of Pluspace Project

Career prospects

Successful graduates may find careers as self-employed artists exhibiting in a wide range of galleries and artist-led spaces, or the growing field of gallery and exhibition curating.

The barriers between art and design practices are increasingly porous, so you may find careers in a range of areas as portfolio workers. You may also use this qualification to help enhance your prospects of entering a career in teaching.

During your time on the MA you will be guided and required to build a professional profile in preparation for entry into professional life. You will develop a wide range of transferrable skills associated with the use of information gathering, communication technology, professional practice, time management, project management and self-promotion.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to residencies, PhD study, exhibiting in a range of venues and community work.

What our alumni say

Throughout my MA Painting, I have had the time and space to reflect upon and think about my practice as a painter. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is a good relationship with the tutors. The course has a good balance of theory and practice. The library and workshops are absolutely fantastic, staff are very friendly.

Matthew Macaulay, MA Painting, graduated in 2016, now painter, independent curator and director of Pluspace Project
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