Belfast Metropolitan College
Belfast Met is the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and the fourth largest in the UK.
Our mission is to become a centre of learning excellence, committed to transforming lives and contributing to the social and economic wellbeing of Belfast and the wider region.
Enrolling some 30,000 students every year, our curriculum is aligned fully to both skill and economic priorities. In particular, Belfast Met is committed to enhancing the employability of learners, supporting our students into employment, better employment or a route towards employment.
Belfast Met operates and delivers its courses and services across the whole of the city and provides education and training to address the skill needs of everyone in the city. Consequently, our offer encompasses everything from Essential Skills, right through to undertaking degree and post-graduate study.
The College offers a range of specialisms to offer added value to the network of founder Colleges. The expansive range of courses on offer from levels 2 - 6 include fashion management, acting , music, music technology, dance, visual arts, theatre costume and graphics. Courses are linked into progression with the local universities e.g. BMC Music courses recognised by QUB, Art recognised by UU and there is scope to develop further courses. Extensive links exist with the local creative industry employers and stakeholders e.g. Crescent Arts Centre, Oh Yeah music centre, The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Local theatres e.g. Opera House, Black Box, Titanic Belfast Building, Belfast city council, various community groups. There is room to expand into more specialised areas e.g. a music foundation degree which will take into account contemporary music, music technology and scope to build on the local tourism product e.g. traditional Irish music.
The opening of our award-winning flagship Titanic Quarter campus in September 2011 and the launch of our innovative new ‘e3’ economic building just 12 months later, represent a capital investment of some £60 million in the future of the city.