PHD in Studio Art

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  • Applicants for the PhD in Studio Art should have a masters degree in fine art (MFA). Applicants with an MFA degree may apply directly for the PhD programme.
  • Applicants who do not have an MFA may apply for the MFA with the possibility of progression to PhD.
  • To apply for the MFA applicants must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours in Fine Art (First class or 2:1, or a GPA of 3.50 or above).
  • Enrolled MFA students have two options at the end of Year One:
    • Research for three more years leading to the award of the PhD
    • Research for one more year leading to the award of the MFA

Applications for the PhD are in two stages:

Stage 1- Applicants make Submission

Research Proposal

An outline of your research proposal, including your proposed methodology and reading list.

PhD Studio Art: Practice Based Research Proposal

Content Guidelines for Submitting a Research Proposal

Project Abstract (300 words)

Detailed Project Description

Literature Review


Portfolio (min 10 jpeg images on CD or video on DVD). This may be submitted electronically through Dropbox or

Other Material

  • 2 letters of recommendation sent by your referees to
  • Official transcripts demonstrating evidence of previous degrees.
  • Copy of your Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Non-refundable application fee of €50 payable online here.

NOTE: We request official hard copies of transcripts to be sent to Admissions, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland, or sent by the university/college via password protected email. Portfolio images can be submitted electronically via Dropbox or All other application materials can be emailed to the Director of Admissions, Lisa Newman, at

All eligible applicants are then interviewed.

Application Form

Complete the Online Application Form

Stage 2 - Shortlisted Applicants

Shortlisted applicants submit a revised research proposal for discussion and further revision until it is suitable for registration, at which time the applicant is admitted with effect from either September or January.

Offers of a place are made by NUI Galway on the recommendation of Burren College of Art. They are subject to the applicant submitting a satisfactory PhD project proposal for registration with the university within the university’s time scale. Should the proposal not be accepted on first submission, registration will be delayed without defrayal of fees.

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