How to apply & Fees


UPDATE NOTE: Even though the deadline is rolling – by April it is getting late to apply.  So if you are currently considering applying then you need to do so quickly as we allocate a finite number spaces on the course based on the quality of application and interview as we interview.  After our spaces are filled we operate a reserve list which still often results in a place as it is not uncommon for students to be unable to take up their place when it comes to enrollment September.

Fees, entry conditions and application requirements detailed below:

Short cut to: the online application platform. Note: the MFA is classed as s a Taught Postgraduate programme.

PLEASE NOTE: the programme is listed as Master of Fine Art (select either Full time  or Part Time) – not as MFA Fine Art. It is an MFA. The terminology currently in the system is incorrect.

Fees info:
Note this is 2017/18 information. Any updates have not been announced at this stage, however significant changes are not anticipated.

Student Loan Finance useful resources:

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Call for Applications. MFA Fine Art 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 1979, 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 MFA supports committed, critically engaged and sustainable professional practice.

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.

Duration: two years.

The teaching team comprises:

Artists / Theorists; Mary McIntyre (Reader in Fine Art Photography)
Dan Shipsides (Lecturer Art and Design)
Dougal McKenzie (Lecturer Art and Design)
Dr. Aisling O’Beirn (Lecturer in Fine Art)
Willie Doherty (Professor of Video Art)
Dr. Suzanna Chan (Lecturer in Art Theory)

Course Director: Mary McIntyre E-mail:

MFA Blog:

Application Entry Conditions: You should normally hold a good honours degree or equivalent qualification in a Visual Arts subject or cognate area.   Interviews will be held during the spring / summer 2012. Please submit an application for admission to postgraduate courses (online) beforehand. Please visit the online application platform. Rolling deadline – apply as soon as possible to ensure best chance of success. Every year, the MFA starts in mid September.

Requirements for the Application You will have to fill out the online application form. If you fulfil the entry conditions you will be invited for an interview. For the interview, you will ask to present prior work, a CV, and a statement (A4 one page) about your motivation to join the MFA.

For further information please contact: Mary McIntyre m.mcintyre2(at) and Dan Shipsides, dj.shipsides(at)