Graduate Studies: Fees & Scholarships

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Graduate Studies: Fees & Scholarships

Fees - Academic Year 2018/19

Tuition Fees

  • PHD in Studio Art (3 Semesters per Yr.)   EU Fee   €9,500 per Yr / International Fee €17,886 per Yr.
  • MFA in Studio Art  (2 Semesters per yr.)  EU Fee   €9,500 per yr /  International Fee €17,886 per Yr.
  • MFA in Art & Ecology (2 semesters per yr.) EU Fee  €9,500 per yr / International Fee €17,886 per yr.
  • Post Bac in Studio Art (2 Semesters)   EU Fee   €9,500 / International Fee €17,886
  • MA in Studio Art (3 Semesters)    EU Fee   €11,875 / International Fee €22,358
  • MA in Art & Ecology (3 Semesters)   EU Fee   €11,875 /  International Fee €22,358

Programme Fee €435

Activity Fee €330

Optional Faculty-led trip to London €690
Optional Faculty-led trip to Berlin €690
Graduation Fee €75

Cancellation Policy

The Burren College of Art accepts no obligation to refund any fee or part thereof within 4 weeks before the start of the programme.

Academic Year 2018/19 - Key Dates

Fall 2018

  • Students Arrive - Friday August 31st
  • Classes Begin - Monday September 3rd
  • Semester Ends - Friday December 14th

Spring 2018

  • Classes Begin - Monday January 7th
  • Semester Ends - Friday April 19th

Scholarship & Funding Sources

Annual Scholarship Deadline is February 1:

BCA Merit Scholarship

The BCA Merit Scholarship is awarded to postgraduate applicants who demonstrate exceptional merit, commitment and financial need.  The Scholarship awards bursaries ranging from 10-50% of Full Time tuition remission for all postgraduate programs (Irish, EU, and International rates and PhD, MFA/MA and Post-Baccalaureate).   Part Time or Hybrid PhD degree programs are not eligible.  To be considered for the BCA Merit Scholarship, you must have submitted your completed application to the College by February 1 for entry in the forthcoming Fall semester and be prepared to provide documentation of financial need (i.e. tax returns).  The scholarship is not automatically renewable, and successful PhD/MFA awardees will need to re-apply for the scholarship annually.

Michael Greene Scholarship Award

This Trust provides means-based scholarships to facilitate participation by the most talented artists from both inside and outside the EU on our Graduate Programmes. A number of awards to the value of €4,400 are made. These are allocated in the form of a housing scholarship. Selection is based on portfolio assessment and financial need. 

Priority Deadline of February 1, 2018 for 2018/2019 Entry

  • The application deadline for Graduate Programmes is Feb 1st, 2018.  Though we will continue to accept applications to our graduate programmes on a space-available basis after the February deadline, only students who have been accepted by February 1 will be eligible to apply for these scholarships. Decisions will be announced in early April 2018.

External Sources of Funding

  • CAA College Art Association
    Professional development fellowships for graduate students support promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $5,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. Check their website for further information -
  • The Department of Education
    The maintenance grant is the main source of funding available from the Irish government and information on eligibility and grant levels is available from the website - this is a very comprehensive website that will guide you through the application process and also contains information on other available funding such as the Millenium Partnership Fund and funds for students with disabilities.

  • NUI Galway Research Scholarships
    NUI Galway have a range of scholarships available to students pursuing PhD studies. For a full list of scholarships and application requirements visit their website

  • The Leverhulme Trust "Study Abroad Scholarships"
    This scheme supports postgraduate-level and postdoctoral-level scholars. Its aim is to support students from the UK to spend an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning overseas. Approximately 20 awards are offered annually. Check out their website for further information.

  • Government Exchange Scholarships
    Students from outside of Ireland wishing to obtain postgraduate academic year scholarships to Ireland should contact their own Ministries for Education or Foreign Affairs. The application forms are available every year in February. Application forms must be evaluated and processed through their own relevant Ministry. Students should first investigate possible funding opportunities in their own country, then contact their country's Irish embassy. The Department of Foreign Affairs website is useful for locating an appropriate contact.

  • The US-Ireland Alliance
    This organisation sponsors a prestigious, competitive, national scholarship to enable US citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 to study at universities on the island of Ireland. The George J. Mitchell Scholarships are intended to familiarise and engage the next generation of America's leaders with the island of Ireland. These scholarships allow Americans to pursue one year of post-graduate study in any discipline offered at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provided tuition and housing for one year along with international travel and a living expenses stipend. Check their website for further information and application forms. Any scholarship related queries should be addressed to Dell Pendergrast, Director, Mitchell Scholarships.- Email 

  • The Fulbright Program
    The Fulbright Commission operate The Fulbright Program which assists US citizens to lecture, study or research in Ireland. A number of different awards are available and full details can be found on


  • UNESCO Fellowships

Students from African countries should contact their own Government's Ministry of Education for details of funding options in the first instance. All UNESCO applications must be chanelled through the National Commission for UNESCO of the candidate's country. More information here


  • The African Educational Trust
    Offers a number of scholarships to students from Southern Africa (mostly Namibia and South Africa) especially those students who are unable to study in their home country due to political or educational discrimination. Contact: United Nations Educational and Training programme for Southern African Scholarships, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA.

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