Post Baccalaureate - Programme Description

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Post Baccalaureate - Programme Description

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 to contextualise your emerging art practice. 

The Burren : Culture & Environment introduces you to a wide range of environmental and cultural studies in the west of Ireland, ranging from natural history and geology through archaeology to modern history (one semester only).

You will also visit galleries and museums in Dublin with optional visits to London and Berlin.

Course Structure

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Studio Practice and Critique 1 :(Independent Study) 20 ECTS
  • Studio Practice and Critique 2 : (Taught), 5 ECTS
  • Historical and Critical Studies 1 : Introduction, 5 ECTS

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Studio Practice and Critique 3 :(Independent Study) 20 ECTS
  • Studio Practice and Critique 4 :(Taught) 5 ECTS
  • Studio Practice and Critique 5 :(Taught) 5 ECTS - optional
  • The Burren : Culture and Environment, 5 ECTS - optional

English-Language Module

From 2013 the Post Baccalaureate Programme at Burren College of Art will offer students an optional English Language Module for speakers of English as a second language.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the essential English language skills for academic work at Master’s level. Students will gain the language competence in academic English to write up projects and a final thesis to the required standard.

This 100 hour English Language Module is also a preparation for the IELTS academic test. Students who want to proceed to Masters Degree in the English speaking world generally require an IELTS score of 6.5 or 7.00. 

The entry requirement for the NUIG recognised Masters programme at Burren College of Art is an IELTS score is 6.5 or a TOEFL IBT score of 92 (or equivalent). As the Post Baccalaureate Programme of the Burren College of Art requires an English language entry level score of 5.5 in IELTS or 68 in TOEFL IBT (or equivalent) the English Language module will enable students to attain the higher score to allow them to enter the Masters programme.

The Module will be provided by Clare Language Centre, an ACELS recognised English Language School on the Burren College of Art Campus.  The cost for the additional module is €1500