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Students can now further develop their practice in contemporary painting

Students can now further develop their practice in contemporary painting

New postgraduate Painting course comes to the School of Art

12 November 2018

The MA/MFA will encourage debate and embrace new ideas

A new School of Art postgraduate course in Painting, taught by practising artists engaged in research, is now accepting applications.

“Painting is going through a significant resurgence,” stated Dr Ian Hartshorne, course leader for MA/MFA Painting. “There have been many new surveys, shows, critical conversations, publications and exhibitions focusing on painting and its place within wider artistic practices. However, providing educational opportunities for this significant new interest has not been forthcoming, so we want to offer an MA/MFA Painting course which addresses the gap – where painting can be explored and debates encouraged at a higher level.”

The course will give students access to their own workspaces within communal studios, full access to the School’s workshops and a regular programme of speakers including artists and curators.

Our undergraduate students develop so quickly, and often reflect that they need further time and space to examine their more radical ideas. The Painting course will provide this opportunity.

Dr Hartshorne said: “Being able to work with the students is not only a privilege, it’s also essential to allow deeply motivated graduates to feel supported, allowing them to shape their own painterly approach, which in turn contributes to the culture as a whole.

“Manchester is a growing, ambitious city. The School of Art is also expanding, with significant new buildings and renovation already in place, and with more development on the way. The School has staff who are deeply committed to building on our long history of innovation and by continuing to introduce leading practitioners and thinkers to teach here.

“We encourage anyone with an interest in developing a deeper understanding of painting related issues to apply. We have already received many enquiries from a broad spectrum of people, both nationally and internationally, from artists wanting to extend their undergraduate studies, but also from mid-career artists who are unable to find a course which provides challenging, affordable and viable opportunities to study at postgraduate level.”

For more information on the MA/MFA Painting course, head to our course page, or contact Ian directly: