• CollegeWimbledon
  • Start dateOctober 2017
  • Course length1 year (full time) / 2 years (part time)

MA Painting

Places available 2017/18
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants for 2017/18 entry. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details.

MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts offers the opportunity for students to explore a discipline that is constantly widening in scope.

The course is designed to support the development of your practical, research and professional skills in preparation for your continued progression into the professional and academic worlds.

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Course Leader Geraint Evans talks about MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To identify and debate key issues in contemporary painting
  • To contribute to a collaborative public event and online archive on the subject of contemporary painting
  • To extend your knowledge of paint as a material and process
  • To examine the ways in which methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary painting whilst creating a critical relationship to tradition
  • To explore the range of models of practice for the contemporary painter
  • To examine the notion of painting as research
  • To develop your key questions and ideas from an initial period of review and experimentation 
  • To be part of a challenging learning and teaching environment that supports the development of your practical, professional and research skills
  • To engage with the wider research culture at University of the Arts London
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities section


The course runs over a total of 45 weeks. Learning and teaching will take place through studio practice, written work, group seminars, critiques, exhibitions, peer-led workshops and reading groups. The course places emphasis on the idea of a community of painters.

  • Unit 1: Reviewing practice and forming questions
  • Unit 2: Developing practice and consolidating research
  • Unit 3: Interdisciplinary practice

Learning and teaching methods

  • Contextual practice project
  • End of year public panel discussion or symposium
  • Group crits
  • Independent practice-led research
  • Individual tutorials
  • Interim show and external projects
  • Lectures, artist’s talks, demonstrations and seminars
  • Online research folios
  • Orientations and inductions
  • Painter’s forum
  • Painting research online project
  • Peer evaluation exercise
  • Professional practice workshops
  • Reading groups
  • Student presentations
  • Study visits

Assessment methods

  • Illustrated report
  • Project proposal
  • Research folio and paper
  • Studio work
  • Verbal presentation



How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form.

Full Time

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Part Time - Home / EU applicants only

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2017/18 entry
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

  • Portfolio of work
  • Study plan

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

Please note:

We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.

We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Portfolio of work
  • Study plan

If English isn’t your first language

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Study plan

The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies. 

The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.

When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions. 

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study plan

You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. 

Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.


  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level


Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.


How will you go about exploring your area of interest?  

Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.


Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
  • A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
  • Critical reflection
  • A sense of direction for future work and study
  • An interest in fine art and other visual art forms

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
  • Work that shows potential for further development
  • Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
  • Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
  • An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
  • Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
  • Able to demonstrate written skills 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£8,500 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees).

£4,250 per year (Part time - 2017/18 fees.

International fee

£17,920 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

The MA Painting course will prepare you to be a professional practitioner, exploring the range of models of practice for the contemporary painter and, will examine the notion of painting as research, supporting your progression to MPhil / PhD.

In recent years, painting graduates from Wimbledon College of Arts have:

  • Progressed to MPhil / PhD at institutions including UAL, University for the Creative Arts and Royal Holloway
  • Become exhibiting artists at galleries such as Karsten Schubert and Haunch of Venison
  • Found employment as assistants to international artists, as technicians, gallerists, writers and critics and as art administrators for leading organisations
  • Become lecturers at further and higher education institutes such as UAL, Glasgow School of Art and the University for the Creative Arts
  • Received funding from the Arts Council and have taken up residencies and scholarships including the Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at the British School at Rome