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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 Master's-level education in art appropriate for a diverse range of applications.

Studio research provides for the development of artistic practice alongside students in the MFA/MA Studio Art. These modules provide for studio-based investigation and experimentation leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Theory and Art and Ecology engages with historical and contemporary discourses informing arts practice and ecological issues. In the first year an Introduction to Ecosystem Science provides an understanding of the operation of ecosystems through lectures and first-hand experience of the Burren. This is extended in Ecology and Sustainability in the Burren, which examines the stewardship of the area as a microcosm of environmental and ecological issues. Professional Studies modules are taken with the MFA/MA Studio Art students and focus on the development of the professional skills necessary to survive and thrive as an artist.


1. Postgraduate students have students have their own dedicated studio space at the Burren College of Art (BCA) and access to all BCA faculty as appropriate.

2. Students on these 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.

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); 1 year, fulltime (Post Baccalaureate)

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

Application date

Apply online via Burren College of Arts:

When To Apply: Apply by 1 February 2020. Applications will continue to be considered on a rolling review, based on available space on the programme.

Course fee

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

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