Master of (Fine Art in Studio Art)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
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.
Postgraduate Portfolio Day Ireland
Burren College of Art are co-ordinating an event in Dublin on Jan 31, 2013, that will bring together all the art colleges offering postgraduate fine art courses in Ireland. Faculty from the different courses will be there to give feedback to prospective students on their portfolios and advice on the various programmes on offer, etc. Admission is free; more information and registration form online.
Applicants should have a Bachelors Degree with Honours, or a Major in Fine Arts, or evidence of equivalent achievement. In the case of an outstanding portfolio, a Bachelors degree with a lower Second Class (2.2) Honours/GPA of 3.0 may be accepted.
2 years, full-time
Next start date: September 2013
ECTS weighting: 120
Average intake: 20
1 February 2013
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
Applications and selections
Apply online www.burrencollege.ie/programmes/mfa/admissions.html
Applications should be made directly to Burren College of Art (BCA). Further information is available from Anna Downes, Director of Marketing & Admissions (details below).
All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by telephone.