MFA/MA in Art & Ecology

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The Aims of the MFA/MA in Art & Ecology

The MFA in Art & Ecology provides an immersive education in the development of your practice as an ecologically oriented artist.  As an MFA graduate you will produce a final exhibition of work engaging ecologically oriented concerns and demonstrating that you have acquired the necessary skills to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. In the programme you will also develop capabilities for critical enquiry through arts practice, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary art and ecological issues.

The MA provides you with a masters-level education as an ecologically oriented artist. As an MA graduate you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters level in artistic practice.

Programme Description and Course Structure

Studio research provides for the development of artistic practice alongside students in the MFA / MA Studio Art.  These modules provide for studio-based investigation and experimentation leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Theory and Art & Ecology engages with historical and contemporary discourse informing arts practice and ecological issues.

In the first year an Introduction to Ecosystem Science provides an understanding of the operation of ecosystems through lectures and first-hand experience of the Burren. This is extended in Ecology and Sustainability in the Burren, which examines the stewardship of the Burren as a microcosm of environmental and ecological issues. Professional Studies modules are taken with the MFA/MA Studio Art students and focus on the development of the professional skills necessary to survive and thrive as an artist.

Course Structure

MFA / MA Art & Ecology
Year 1, Semester 1
Studio Research 1 : Research Methods, Materiality and the Land, 15 ECTS
Theory and Art & Ecology 1 : Land-based Art, 5 ECTS
Environmental Studies 1 : Introduction to Ecosystem Science, 5 ECTS
Professional Studies 1 : Introduction to Professionalism, 5ECTS

Year 1, Semester 2
Studio Research 2 : Refinement and Coherence of Enquiry and Practice, 15 ECTS
Theory and Art & Ecology 2 : Socially Engaged Practice, 5 ECTS
Environmental Studies 2 : Ecology and Sustainability in the Burren, 5 ECTS
Professional Studies 2 : Student Selected Project, 5 ECTS

Year 1, Semester 3, Summer Term, For MA in Art & Ecology only
Studio Research Project : The MA Exhibition, 30 ECTS
A studio-based, independent studies module for students seeking to graduate with the award of MA in Art & Ecology.  Students develop a body of work for exhibition supported by a written Artist’s Statement.

TOTAL FOR MA IN STUDIO ART : 90 ECTS

Year 2, Semester 3
Studio Research 3 : Engaging Place, 20 ECTS
Theory and Art & Ecology 3 : The Dissertation  5 ECTS
Professional Studies 3 : Organising and Publicising an Exhibition, 5 ECTS

Year 2, Semester 4
Studio Research 4 : The MFA Exhibition, 20 ECTS
Theory and Art & Ecology 4 : The Artist’s Statement 5 ECTS
Professional Studies 4 : Exhibition Installation, 5 ECTS

TOTAL FOR MFA IN ART & ECOLOGY : 120

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