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Fine Art

Your course
This Post Baccalaureate programme assists you in finding your voice as an artist and prepares you for application to and potential enrolment in an MFA programme.

Studio practice and critique is at the core of the programme, taking the form of negotiated projects for independent study that also involve portfolio preparation and career planning. Studio courses provide teaching in a choice of disciplines where you work alongside undergraduate students. Historical and Critical Studies examines key concepts in modern and contemporary art to assist you in contextualising your emerging art practice. The Burren: Culture and Environment introduces you to a wide range of environmental and cultural studies in the west of Ireland, ranging from natural history and geology to archaeology to modern history. You will also visit galleries and museums in Dublin, with optional trips to London and Berlin offered.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Graduates have found employment in professions associated with the practice of art.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Applicants should normally have a primary degree (at NFQ level 7 or 8). A major in fine art is not required for this programme. Exceptions to the degree requirement may be considered in the case of applicants with sufficient proven professional experience. All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.

Further enquiries

Lisa Newman
T: +353 65 707 7200


1. Post Bac students have their own dedicated studio space at the Burren College of Art and the availability of all BCA faculty as appropriate.

2. Scholarship opportunities are available; please visit www. fees-scholarships for details.

3. Stunning campus in Co. Clare: BCA was purpose-built to the highest standards in 1993 in the grounds of a sixteenth century castle, winning architectural awards and becoming subject to a preservation order.

Application date

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WHEN TO APPLY: Apply by 1 February 2017: Applications will continue to be considered on a rolling review, based on available space on the programme.

Course fee

Irish & EU students: €9,500; international students: €17,886. Further scholarship information available at

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