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Study painting abroad

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Painting degrees abroad

Painting programs allow students to transform their passion for art into a professional qualification. You’ll graduate with the conceptual and creative expertise needed to triumph in the international art scene.

Alongside applying theories of color, proportion, and perspective to the work of esteemed artists, you’ll be encouraged to express your own ideas and visions through painting. Experimenting with different canvases and types of paint will allow you to develop a unique and individualized style.

There are many good reasons to study painting abroad, including having the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most famous paintings and galleries. Immersing yourself in new cultural surroundings will help you gain an appreciation for the inspiration behind such masterpieces, and will spark your own creativity.

Painting program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in painting are studied over a minimum period of three years, but longer BA courses lasting four years are more common. Many students complete an optional placement year or year abroad to gather more experience and skill.

The US is home to some of the world’s most fascinating art galleries and museums, so it’s a popular study abroad destination. At the undergraduate level, students are likely to take a four-year bachelor of fine arts (BFA). BFAs have a more intensive focus and include fewer liberal arts modules compared to traditional US bachelor’s programs.

If you’re keen to further brush up on your painting expertise, you can choose to pursue a postgraduate qualification. MA degrees normally require one-year of full-time study, whereas master of fine arts (MFA) programs typically last for two years.

Doctorate degrees in painting are only offered at a limited number of universities. If you do manage to track one down, you can expect to add a further four or five years to your studies.

You’ll spend most of your time in studio-based lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and critiques. Assessment methods include presentations, exhibitions, critical reflections, project work, and essays.

Most painting programs are highly-flexible, giving you the chance to choose elective modules that match your interests. However, you’ll still be expected to take core units in the following areas:

  • Drawing principles
  • Painting fundamentals
  • Studio practice
  • Methods and materials
  • Theories and practices of painting
  • Understanding visual culture
  • Critical and contextual studies

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Painting study abroad programs

Painting undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in painting

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    Art (Drawing and Painting) - BFA University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,610 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,610 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art (Painting) - BFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art - Painting and Drawing - BFA Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Art and Design: Drawing and Painting - BA/BFA Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,352 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Art, Painting and Drawing - BFA University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    45,144 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 45,144 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in painting

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    Art: Drawing and Painting - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Painting & Drawing - AA South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    April, June, September, January
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Certificate in painting

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    Painting and Decoration - Cert Orange College, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,238 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 AUD

    Start date
    April, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March
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Painting graduate programs

Master's in painting

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    Painting - MA Arts University Plymouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,125 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Studio Arts: Painting - MA Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,832 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Future painting careers

Most painting graduates combine their love of art with a fulfilling and enjoyable career. Your vision, artistry, and expressiveness will make you a standout candidate for roles in galleries, education, cultural departments, and the media.

Here are some of the most popular career paths amongst graduates:

  • Painter
  • Fine artist
  • Art journalist
  • Art gallery curator
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Art therapist

If you’re hoping to establish yourself as a respected creator, it’s important to get your name out there. Catch the eye of art dealers, talent scouts, and recruiters by entering your work into lots of exhibitions and competitions.

It’s also worth talking to your university’s career service about the benefits of completing internships and placements.