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Art & Ecology

Your course
The two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an ecologically oriented artist while the one-year MA provides a Masters-level education in art appropriate for a diverse range of applications.

Studio Research provides for the development of artistic practice alongside students of the MFA/MA in Studio Art. These modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation, leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Studio Methodologies is a series of taught studio courses examining the methodology of Art & Ecology, with reference to historical examples. Theory and Art & Ecology consist of seminars contextualising the theoretical framework of Art & Ecology. In addition, Environmental Studies draws on expertise from within the College of Science at NUI Galway in engaging with scientific approaches to ecology, with the first module led by an environmental scientist.

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/2.2 Honour/GPA 3.0 may be accepted. All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.


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

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduate artists find work 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.

Further enquiries

Lisa Newman,
Marketing & Admissions Director,
Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan,
Co. Clare,
T: +353 (0)65 7077 200


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

2. Students on both programmes produce a final exhibition of both personal and collaborative work, which will demonstrate the skills necessary to survive and thrive as practising artists.

3. Lectures and field trips provide first-hand experience of the Burren as a microcosm of environmental and ecological issues.

Application date

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.

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