Post Baccalaureate (Higher Diploma) (Fine Art)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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Course overview

The Higher Diploma in Fine Art is a joint Burren College of Art/ National University of Ireland, Galway programme based at the Burren College of Art.  It is equivalent to the American Post Baccalaureate programme and is known informally as the 'Post Bac'. Students of the Post Bac register as students of both Burren College of Art and NUI Galway. The programme operates in association with the Royal College of Art, London, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, both of which provide visiging faculty to the programme.

The aim of the programme is to assist graduate students to identify their artistic identity and interests and to prepare them for the next step in their artistic careers.

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


Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a primary degree Level 7/8. A Major in fine art is not required. Applications will be assessed by means of a portfolio and a written statement that clearly states what the applicant seeks to attain through study on this programme.

Additional requirements

All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by telephone.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

Average intake: 10

Closing date: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all places have been filled.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

This programme is structured through individually negotiated independent study since students whose artistic identity is not yet clearly formed have diverse needs.

This structural flexibility distinguishes it from the Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme, which offers a developmental programme oriented to professional practice.

Courses include Studio Practice and Critique, Historical and Critical Studies, and the Burren: Culture and Environment. 

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Applications and selections

Apply online Applications should be made directly to Burren College of Art (BCA). Further information is available from Anna Downes, Director of Marketing & Admissions (details below).

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Requirements and assessment

Assessment and examination is by project work in each of the modules, by exhibition at the end of the programme and by essay where applicable.

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PAC code

Not applicable.

Fees for this course

Programme fees are available from the Burren Collegeof Art.

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