Course Overview

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.

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. Students will 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 art and ecological issues.

MFA students will also propose and implement an achievable, interdisciplinary collaborative project that engages with ecological/environmental concerns in the Burren or on a global scale.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

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

Additional Requirements


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

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Apply by 1 February 2016: applications will continue to be considered on a rolling review.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



PAC code

Not applicable. Apply online via the Burren College of Art:

Course Outline

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 are a series of taught studio courses examining the methodology of Art & Ecology with reference to historical examples.

Theory and Art & Ecology consists 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.

Lectures and field trips provide first-hand experience of the Burren as a microcosm of environmental and ecological issues, while a distance-learning module examines the social and political context of global environmental issues.

Why Choose This Course?

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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

For all fee information contact Burren Collegeof Art.

Find out More

Lisa Newman
Marketing & Admissions Dir., Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare,
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