The Mission and Values of Burren College of Art

To be a hothouse for artists, led by artists – reflective and challenging; remote and connected; at the confluence of cultures.

  • Respect for the individual;
  • Commitment to excellence;
  • Support for students and colleagues;

Providing Time, Space and Inspiration for artists in the unique Burren landscape is the founding principle of the Burren College of Art. Liberation from rigid programming and opportunity for intense focus has helped the many artists who have studied at the college to find their artistic voice. While reflection and introspection are essential to the creative process, the contemporary artist's unique insight is relevant only when it connects with and engages the wider world. The Burren, a microcosm of society, provides a rich context from which to connect with wider issues. MFA/MA The MFA provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an artist. As an MFA graduate, you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical inquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice. The MA provides a masters-level education in art appropriate to a diverse range of applications. As an MA graduate, you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters-level in artistic practice. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical inquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice. Course Structure Studio Research forms the core of the MFA and MA and is comprised of studio-based individual mentoring and rigorous group critiques. Studio Research modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation, leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Historical & Critical Studies modules engage you in the intensive critical discourse on contemporary art. Professional Studies modules facilitate the development of the personal, conceptual, technical and organizational skills necessary for professional practice as an artist. They are delivered through seminars, symposia and educational visits to Dublin, London, and Berlin.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Advanced Diploma

Burren College of Art

The Higher Diploma in Fine Art is the equivalent to the Post Baccalaureate in the United States, and is known informally as the 'Post Bac'. This one-year course assists y ... [+]

The Higher Diploma in Fine Art is the equivalent to the Post Baccalaureate in the United States, and is known informally as the 'Post-Bac.' This one-year course assists you to find your voice as an artist and prepares you for application to and potential enrollment in an MA/MFA programme.

The Post Bac is also applicable for students who have a degree in a subject other than fine art and who wish to transfer onto a fine art educational track by progressing to an MA/MFA programme. As a student who is in the process of finding your artistic identity, the Post Bac facilitates the development of your voice and studio practice through individually negotiated independent study.

As a Post Bac student, you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate your understanding of fine art practice at the graduate level. You will develop and deepen your understanding of the critical discourse informing contemporary art and be prepared for the next stage of your artistic development.... [-]

Ireland Galway
September 2020
English
Full-time
Campus
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Postgraduate Diploma

Burren College of Art

The Higher Diploma in Art & Ecology is the equivalent to the Post Baccalaureate in North America, and is known informally as the ‘Post Bac’. This one-year course is d ... [+]

The Aim of the Post Baccalaureate in Art & Ecology

The Higher Diploma in Art & Ecology is the equivalent to the Post Baccalaureate in North America, and is known informally as the ‘Post Bac’. This one-year course is designed for students who wish to develop their artistic practice through engaging with ecology, earth systems and environmental change. Through fine art practice, students investigate how social and earth ecologies coexist within the unique context of the Burren. Students are assisted in finding their voices as ecologically oriented artists and are prepared for application to, and potential enrolment in, an MA/MFA programme. The Post Bac in Art & Ecology is also applicable for students who have a degree in a subject other than fine art and who wish to transfer onto a fine art educational track by progressing to an MA/MFA programme.... [-]

Ireland Galway
September 2020
English
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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Graduate Studies

Undergraduate Study Abroad

Burren College of Art - An Introduction

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Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
000000 Galway, County Galway, Ireland