Dougal is Joint Course Director of BA Hons Fine Art with Dr Suzanna Chan. A Co-Director in the early years of the Belfast artist-run organisation Catalyst Arts, Dougal McKenzie went on to become a Lecturer in painting at Limerick School of Art and Design from 1997 to 2004. He now works from QSS Bedford Street Studios in Belfast, where he was also Chair of its board from 2011 to 2014. He exhibits nationally and internationally; most notably a prizewinner at the Liverpool John Moores Contemporary Painting Exhibition in 2004, the John Moores Retrospective in Seongnam, South Korea in 2010, and an exhibitor again at the John Moores 2012 Prize.
He has been an external examiner to the BA fine art course at Sligo Institute of Technology, and is currently working across the BA and MFA courses at Belfast School of Art, where he is the Year three studio practice co-coordinator at Ba level. He is also an associate member of the Research Institute in Art and Design, with an interest in the locations and contexts of contemporary painting practice