Master of Fine Art

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

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MFA. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


The MFA programme is divided into three successive and interlinked stages: Pg Certificate (15 weeks); Pg Diploma (15 weeks); MFA (30 weeks). Alongside studio work students also have the opportunity to select from a range of other short elective courses covering an array of subjects and approaches. All components of the MFA programme are formally assessed and graded, and the Student Progress Review, which takes place towards the end of each Stage of the programme, is a means whereby students receive feedback and guidance.

How to Apply
For further details on MFA applications please contact GSA Registry

Dedicated studio space. Workshop and technical facilities including the Media Studio which offers facilities in computers, digital sound, video and editing and access to workshops across the fine art disciplines.


During their course of study, students are expected to participate in two major public exhibitions of their work: the Interim exhibition (end of stage 2); the MFA degree show (end of stage 3). Both exhibitions allow the opportunity to present work to a high professional standard for the purposes not only of public display, but also of assessment.

The MFA often stages an annual international exhibition of graduating students' work during the summer. Previous locations have included Beijing, Budapest, Chicago, Brussels, Kyoto, Stockholm, New York City, Mexico City, and Berlin. NOTE: The international exhibition cannot be guaranteed to take place every year.

Careers and alumni
Successful careers in various sectors of the professional art world, including four Turner Prize winners: Simon Starling, Richard Wright, Martin Boyce and Duncan Campbell. Other graduates include Claire Barclay; Mark Beever; Will Bradley; Lucy Byatt; Soo Jung Choi; Kaifeng Chun; Leigh French; Michael Fullerton; Kate Gray; Mark Finch Hedengren; Jenny Hogarth; Paul Knight; Tanya Leighton; Rosalind Nashashibi; Rallou Panagiotou; Lili Reynaud-Dewar; Craig Richardson; Julie Roberts; Charles Sandison; Corin Sworn; James Thornhill; Caroline Woodley

Programme Leader

John Calcutt

Graham Ramsay
Dr Francis McKee
Sarah Tripp
Christina McBride

Recent and current visiting tutors include:

Maria Teresa Alves
Terry Atkinson
Ami Barak
Bik van der Pol
Karla Black
Martin Boyce
Duncan Campbell
Nathan Coley
Kate Davis
Jimmie Durham
Graham Fagen
Doug Fishbone
Mark Fisher
Melanie Gilligan
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Mischa Kubal
Jim Lambie
Torsten Lauschmann
Teresa Margolles
Rosalind Nashashibi
Gerrie van Noord
Carol Rhodes
Lindsay Seers
Ross Sinclair
Diane Torr
Faith Wilding

Programme Overview

A two-year, multidisciplinary programme: both of these fundamental facts are significant.  A two-year programme of study offers students an extraordinary opportunity to analyse their studio practice in depth, and to modify, develop and secure it accordingly.  The multidisciplinary context also ensures that such developments are protected against narrowly defined ambitions. 

MFA students learn from, and contribute to, the delivery of the programme curriculum, the experiences of their peers, and the wider art community based within the city of Glasgow.  Within this situation a premium is placed upon independence, originality, initiative and enterprise.

Students develop their own working practices in order to explore and advance their own specific interests and academic agendas.  Such interests usually take the form of a combination of formal, technical, thematic and theoretical concerns. Students are also encouraged to explore their practices in relation to wider cultural, theoretical and historical contexts by means of individual research activity.  Regular tutorial support from MFA core teaching team and a wide range of visiting lecturers (e.g. artists, critics, curators) allows students the opportunity to discuss their work with experts, and critical feedback is also available by means of regular group critiques. 

Students operating at postgraduate level are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of independence and 'ownership' in relation to their learning experience.  The overwhelming majority of MFA students are allocated their own private studio space, and this space serves as the focal point of their studies.  It is not only the place where work is produced, but it is also the place where professional working practices and operational discipline are learned.  In this focused environment of the studio, each MFA student learns how to organise and structure their working patterns in order to prepare themselves - both intellectually and practically - for the life of a practising artist.  

Many MFA students are also engaged in other initiatives throughout the city.  Such extracurricular activity contributes significantly to the learning experiences of the students involved, and makes an invaluable contribution to the ongoing cultural life of the MFA programme and the city at large.

We strongly advise all applicants to the MFA programme for entry in September 2015 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 30 January 2015. Although we may be able to review applications after this date, this will be subject to there remaining spaces on the programme.

We would like to reassure current applicants to the GSA, and those considering applying in the future, that the School is operating as normal following the recent fire in our Mackintosh Building. More information for applicants regarding this is available here.