Post Baccalaureate at the Burren College of Art
The main aim of the Post Bac programme is to assist graduate students to identify their artistic identity and interests and to prepare them for the next step in their artistic careers.
The Post-Bac provides for two kinds of student:
- Students with a Bachelors degree in fine art who wish to progress to an MFA programme and have not yet developed their portfolio of work and personal artistic rationale to the standard necessary for admission to an MFA.
- Students who have a Bachelors degree in a subject other than fine art and who wish to transfer into a fine art educational track by progressing to an MFA programme.
It may be helpful to think of the Post-Bac as a Pre-MFA, although the Post Bac (like the MA) does provide for students who wish to study fine art for its own sake without an intention to progress to an MFA.
The Post-Bac at the Burren College of Art is unique. The environment of this programme gives students the time and space to create and debate art in the inspirational landscape of the Burren, free from urban distractions. This is an ideal location for high level reflection and energetic creation. The remote yet internationally connected character of the college places us at the confluence of European and American cultures. This is a place of international ideas yet it has its own distinctive cultural heritage that is five thousand years old.
The Post Bac is accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway and leads to the award of the Higher Diploma in Fine Art. Post Bac students are full students of the university as well as the Burren College of Art and have access to its library and other facilities.
Since students whose artistic identity is not yet clearly formed are very diverse in their needs, this programme is structured flexibly so as to respond to and fulfil that wide range of requirements and interests. Each student's programme is individually negotiated and agreed. This structural flexibility distinguishes it from the MFA programme, which offers a personally oriented developmental programme leading to professional practice.
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