Art - Fine Art - Studio Art

Course The two-year MFA provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an artist while the one-year MA provides a master's-level education in art appropriate to a diverse range of applications. Students on both programmes produce a final exhibition and also demonstrate capabilities for critical enquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate their work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping the discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice.

Studio practice and critique is at the core of the MFA and MA programmes, comprising studio-based individual mentoring and rigorous group critiques. Modules include (for those that are studio-based): Historical and Critical Studies; and Professional Studies. They are delivered through seminars, symposia and educational visits to Dublin, London and Berlin.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should normally have a bachelor's degree with First or upper Second Class Honours in Fine Art; or a bachelor's degree with a major in Fine Art with a GPA of 3.50 or above; or evidence of equivalent achievement. In the case of an outstanding portfolio, a bachelor's degree with a lower Second Class Honours/2.2/GPA 3.0 may be accepted. All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.

Application dates

Apply by 1st February 2022. Applications will continue to be considered on a rolling review, based on available space on the programme. Apply online via Burren College of Art.


1 year (3 semesters), full-time, MA; 2 years (4 semesters), full-time, MFA.


Irish and EU students: €9,500.
International students: €18,500.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduate artists find work as professional artists and in related fields, such as art curating, gallery administration and art education. The knowledge, skills and understanding developed in this programme are transferable to a wide variety of applications, depending on the individual graduate.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MA, MFA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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