Individual Study Abroad

If you are ready to step away from the mainstream art school experience and leave behind preconceived notions of what an art education experience should be, then welcome to the Burren College of Art.

Studying abroad helps you develop new perspectives on who you are as an artist, because in a new place you come to see your art and yourself through new eyes.  BCA offers a transformative experience for the emerging artist, stripping away the noise, clutter and distraction of everyday urban life and allowing a greater exploration of each artists own distinct artistic voice.

With a maximum college enrollment of 55 students, the intimate community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and visiting artists creates an exciting platform for discussion, artistic collaboration and cross disciplinarity

Students are assigned their own studio space for the duration of their programme, to which they have access 24/7 and courses are delivered both in studio, on a tutorial basis or as group courses. Tutorial courses are taught through scheduled 1-on-1 contact in a students own studio, supplemented by regular scheduled group presentations, discussions and critiques. Group courses are taught as a unified class, with all students present with the tutor at the same time.  Group courses also include some 1-on-1 contact teaching.

Students normally take 5 courses during the semester, each carrying 3 credits and there is an array of courses from which to choose in the areas of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, as well as adjunct courses such as Mixed Media, Art in Context and Live Art.  We also offer non-studio courses in Art History and Creative Writing and of course Irish Studies, an essential element of a semester abroad in this part of the world.  Courses are available at Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced and Independent level and a full description of the range of courses is available in our Study Abroad Prospectus

A weekly visiting artist programme, regular trips to galleries in Dublin, London and Berlin as well as local galleries and visual art festivals in the West of Ireland ensure students are exposed to the best of European contemporary art.