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Fine Art in Studio Art (Master of)
This two-year full-time programme is designed to educate artists to a level appropriate to professional practice or progression to doctoral studies. Progression to PhD can be an option. The MFA is operated as an integrated and progressive learning experience. The modules Studio Research, Historical & Critical Studies and Professional Studies deal with the three main aspects of artistic practice but are operated together as elements of the one holistic experience.
The MFA is a joint Burren College of Art/National University of Ireland, Galway programme based at the Burren College of Art. Students register as full students of NUI Galway. The programme operates in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which provide visiting faculty to the programme.
MFA students have their own dedicated studio space at Burren College of Art and the availability of all BCA faculty as appropriate.
Applications and Selections
Applications should be made directly to Burren College of Art (BCA).
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Requirements and Assessment
2 years, full-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
1 February 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis up to this deadline. Late applications may be considered if all places are not filled.
Next start date
Mode of study
Not applicable. Apply at www.burrencollege.ie
Modules listed by semester:
Year 1, Semester 1: Introduction to Graduate Art Research
- Studio Research 1, Introduction to Art Research Methods. 20 ECTS
- Professional Skills 1, Documentation as Artistic Production. 5 ECTS
- Historical and Critical Studies 1, Bridging Theory and Practice. 5 ECTS
Year 1, Semester 2: Experimentation and Exploration
- Studio Research 2, Refinement & Coherence of Enquiry and Practice. 20 ECTS
- Professional Skills 2, Student Selected Project. 5 ECTS
- Historical and Critical Studies 2, Formalising Discourse. 5 ECTS
Year 2, Semester 1: The Development of a Body of Work
- Studio Research 3, Working Towards an Exhibition. 20 ECTS
- Professional Skills 3, Organising and Publicising an Exhibition. 5 ECTS
- Historical and Critical Studies 3, The Dissertation. 5 ECTS
Year 2, Semester 2: The Resolution of a Body of Work
- Studio Research 4, The MFA Exhibition. 20 ECTS
- Professional Skills 4, Exhibition Installation. 5 ECTS
- Historical and Critical Studies 4, The Artist's Statement. 5 ECTS
Studio practice and critique is at the core of the MFA and MA programmes, comprising studio-based individual mentoring and rigorous group critiques. Studio research modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation, leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Historical and Critical Studies modules engage students in intensive critical discourse on contemporary art. Professional Studies modules facilitate the development of the personal, conceptual, technical and organisational skills necessary for professional practice as an artist. They are delivered through seminars, symposia and educational visits to Dublin, London and Berlin.
Modules for 2016-17Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.
Year 1 (60 Credits)
Required FA101: Professional Skills I, Documenting Artistic Production
Required FA105: Professional Skills II (Student Selected Project)
Required FA102: Historical and Critical Studies I, Bridging Theory and Practice
Required FA106: Historical and Critical Studies II (Formalising Discourse)
Required FA100: Studio Research I, Introduction to Art Research Methods
Required FA104: Studio Research II, Refinement and Coherence of Enquiry and Practice
Year 2 (60 Credits)
Required FA203: Studio Research IV, The MFA Exhibition
Required FA202: Historical and Critical Studies III, The Dissertation
Required FA201: Professional Skills III (Organising and Publicising an Exhibition)
Required FA200: Studio Research III (Working Towards an Exhibition)
Required FA204: Professional Skills IV, Exhibition Installation
Required FA205: Historical and Critical Studies IV, The Artist's Statement
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