The MFA Course was established in 1979 and has a proven track record as a rigorous studio-based programme delivered with the expertise of a core staff of internationally recognised artists. Within the studio environment the diversity of teaching input by its staff reflects the range of approaches and contexts it embraces.
It recognises contemporary art practice as being open and pluralistic, encouraging dialogue between diverse disciplines. A multi-disciplinary approach facilitates working in a flexible manner to offer maximum opportunities for individual practice and engages with systems of enquiry that explore traditional exhibition formats alongside broader models of production and dissemination. Critical discourse on practice with an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection, contributes to an understanding of art located within larger cultural, social and political contexts.
The course produces artists of international reputation including Turner Prize, Paul Hamlyn, Becks Futures and Bloomberg New Contemporaries award recipients and international biennials such as Venice and Sao Paulo. Our contribution to the region's economic, social and cultural fabric is demonstrated by the range of artist-run galleries and studio collectives initiated by MFA alumni. We maintain a symbiotic relationship with these organisations, providing opportunities for our students in professional arena.
Many of our graduates go on to establish successful studios, exhibiting internationally, gaining public art commissions, residencies, fellowships and awards. Others develop careers in other arts sectors such as curatorial practice, art writing, community arts, education, research and administration.