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Fine Art (Post Baccalaureate [HDip])
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.
Scholarship information available at www.burrencollege.ie
Applications and Selections
Apply online www.burrencollege.ie/programmes/postbac/applications.html Applications should be made directly to Burren College of Art (BCA). All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.
Who Teaches this Course
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. Results are determined on a pass/fail (credit/no credit) basis.
Applicants should normally have a primary degree (at NFQ Level 7 or 8). A major in fine art is not required for this programme. All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.
1 year (2 semesters) full-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Apply by 1 February 2022: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all places have been filled.
Mode of study
Not applicable. Apply at www.burrencollege.ie
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.
Please visit: www.burrencollege.ie/programmes/postbac/programme.html for full programme description.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates have found employment in professions associated with the practice of art.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Programme fees are available from the Burren College of Art.
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Director of Admissions
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