My career as an installation artist and ocean advocate was ignited, fostered and strengthened here.  This art program pushes interdisciplinary action throughout all variations of thought, research, collaboration and creation and exists in a landscape that radiates with energy like an exposed nerve.  It is not possible to create here without thinking of our planet’s power, health, potential and future.

-JD Whitman, Post Baccalaureate, 2014 and Alumni Residency Award recipient, 2019.

Coronavirus Information at Burren College of Art

UPDATE: Following current Irish government guidelines, while we are able to remain open for essential purposes, we are not currently open to visitors to the campus without an appointment.
Burren College of Art’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our community.  We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and will respond as needed, following the information given by Health Service Executive Ireland and travel advice from the World Health Organization.
While the remoteness and rural location of Burren College of Art  make it a relatively safe place to be, we have additional safety measures in place on campus and in our accommodation:
Campus Facilities
Our campus design is spacious, dispersed and naturally suited to implementing required social distancing protocols for staff and students. We will have restrictions on the number of students and residents that can be in workshops/darkrooms/communal areas at any one time.  Our studios are located mainly on the ground floor level, are spacious, 4mx4m in size, allowing students and residents to work in their individual spaces safely distanced from each other.
Campus Housing
We will be implementing social distancing protocols in our accommodation and we have the space to allocate students and residents their own private rooms with their own bathrooms.
We have an additional accommodation facility where individuals can self-isolate if required prior to beginning a program.
Should there be a rare case when a student or resident tests positive for Covid-19, we have secured alternative accommodation off site where they can self- isolate and recover.  There is medical support available within the village and nearby cities.
We are currently running all of our upcoming programmes, though to help alleviate any concerns around unexpected cancellations, we have extended several of our application and payment deadlines for Summer and Fall semester programmes, as well as amended our refund policies.  We invite you to visit the individual pages on our website HERE for updates and information related to specific programmes and events.

Workshops at Burren College of Art

Introduction to Studying Abroad at Burren College of Art


Burren College of Art is a small, independent art school situated on the Wild Atlantic Way on the northwest coast of County Clare in Ireland. It is located in the Burren, a region famous for its natural beauty and unique ecosystem. We are an internationally recognized Irish non-profit college specializing in undergraduate, postgraduate and alternative approaches to fine art education.

Faculty and Student Work