Areas
of Study

The Belfast School of Art offers a variety of courses where students can study many different subjects within the fields of art and design.

MFA Fine Art

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Paula Deji 1

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Paula Deji 6

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 general 2

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Jackie Huskisson 4

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Hannah McBride 1

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Declan Proctor 3

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Joey O'Gorman 4

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Rosanna Wilson 3

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Matthew Bourree 3

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Matthew Bourree 6

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Angelina Chung 2

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Angelina Chung 1

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Nathan Crothers 3

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Nathan Crothers 2

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Cait Morrison 2

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Joey O'Gorman 2

MFA Fine Art. Platform 2016 Colin Scott 4

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Jackie Douglas. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Rebecca Smyth. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Rebecca Smyth. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Rebecca Smyth. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Rebecca Smyth. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Dermot Gibson. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Dermot Gibson. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Dermot Gibson. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Jackie Douglas. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Jackie Douglas. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Helouise O'Reilly. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Helouise O'Reilly. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Helouise O'Reilly. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Hannah Hamill. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Hannah Hamill. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Hannah Hamill. Platform Arts 20152

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Hannah Hamill. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Megan Burns. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Megan Burns. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Megan Burns. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Megan Burns. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Dara Flanagan. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Fiona Byrne. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Fiona Byrne. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Karissa Supartu. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition at Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Megan Burns. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Rebecca Smyth. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Hannah Hamill. Platform Arts 2015

MFA Fine Art 1st Year exhibition, Mark Nangle. Platform Arts 2015

Stuart Calvin. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Damien Magee. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Catherine McCroy. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Hannah Casey. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Hannah Casey. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Hannah Casey. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Paul Marshall. MFA Fine Art 2015.

Blue Whale playing at the FINAL shows. MFA Fine Art 2015.

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Stephen Madden

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Rosanna McKenna

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Olivia Devlin

Studio work in Progress

Stephen Madden

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Des Cullen

Studio work in progress

Jennifer McCauley

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Des Cullen

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

David Fox

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Aiden Kelleher

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Andrew Glenn

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

Aoife Brady

MFA Fine Art - studio work in progress

David Fox

Introduction

The two-year MFA at the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster seeks to attract outstanding and highly motivated applicants. The MFA was established 1988, is based in Belfast and has a long and proven track record of providing a rigorous studio-based programme with access to the expertise of a core staff of nationally and internationally recognised visiting artists. Within the studio and wider environments the diversity of teaching input by staff and visiting artists reflects the range of approaches and contexts embraced.

We recognise contemporary Art practice as being open and pluralistic and encourages dialogue between diverse disciplines. A multi-disciplinary/ inter-media approach enables students to work in a flexible manner that offers the maximum opportunity for individual practice. Students are asked to engage with systems of enquiry that explore and embrace traditional exhibition formats alongside wider models of production, distribution and dissemination. Critical discourse on practice with an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection contributes to an understanding of contemporary art located within a larger cultural, social and political context.

The 2010 Turner Prize was won by MFA graduate Susan Phillipsz (1994). Other nominated graduates include Phil Collins, Cathy Wilkes and Christine Borland. Graduates of the MFA have been substantially represented over the years in other high profile events and prizes, including the Venice Biennale, Becks Futures, The Nissan Art Award, New Contemporaries, The John Moores Prize and the Glenn Dimplex Award. Two graduates have been awarded the highly competitive Paul Hamlyn Award. Film production, gallery management and curation are allied areas where graduates have also been internationally successful.

News

19.09.16

MFA 2nd Year Students: Artist Talks Thursday 29th Sept 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of

MFA 2nd Year Students: Artist Talks Thursday 29th Sept 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

14.06.16

MFA Fine Art, Belfast - AWARDS, RESIDENCIES & PRIZES 2016! Another brilliant year!

We can now announce the amazing sweep of awards picked up by the graduating MFA 2016 year. Well done – you’ve really done the MFA FINE...

27.05.16

Sneak preview opportunity to see John Macormac’s MFA Belfast drum performance / installation work

Sneak preview opportunity to see John Macormac's Mfa Belfast drum performance / installation work at the Church of the Redeemer - 101 Donegall St. Tuesday 31st May ...

10.05.16

MFA Fine Art Alumni - Moving Image: Alternative Documentaries from…: Lyric Theatre, Sat 14th May

Alternative Documentaries from Northern Ireland: The Lyric Theatre, Naughton Studio Saturday 14th May A great moving image / art / documentary programme containing three of our MFA...

25.04.16

Gallimaufry. MFA Fine Art 1st Years’ end of year show at Platform Arts, Belfast. Opens 5th May 6-9pm

Gallimaufry. MFA Fine Art 1st Years' end of year show at Platform Arts, Belfast. Opens 5th May 6-9pm – runs until 21st May.

25.04.16

Angela Halliday, Artist Talk, Thursday 28th April 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art.

Angela Halliday, Artist Talk, Thursday 28th April 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Course Facts

Award

MFA

Assessment

Assessment of work in progress is ongoing throughout the year. Seminar groups and studio crits are the primary focus of assessment.

Facilities

Dedicated studio and crit/group work spaces. Facilities include a fully equipped woodworking area, metal fabrication facilities, moulding and casting, etching presses, relief presses and digital studios running video editing software.

Staff

Willie Doherty

Willie Doherty

Professor of Video Art

Dan  Shipsides

Dan Shipsides

Lecturer

Mary McIntyre

Mary McIntyre

Reader

Cherie Driver

Cherie Driver

Lecturer in Art Theory / Joint Course Director Fine Art

Suzanna Chan

Suzanna Chan

Lecturer

Dougal McKenzie

Dougal McKenzie

Lecturer