MFA/MA in Studio Art

Application Process

The application deadline is 1st February annually, although late applications may be accepted if all places have not been filled. All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.

Applicants should have a Bachelors Degree with first or upper second class honours in Fine Art; or a Bachelors Degree with a major in Fine Art with a GPA or 3.50 or above; or evidence of equivalent achievement. In the case of an outstanding portfolio, a Bachelors Degree with a lower second class/2.2 honours/GPA of 3.0 may be accepted.


Overseas applicants from outside the EU must comply with Irish immigration rules regarding passport, visa, financial viability and evident of student status (e.g. letter of acceptance from the College).

English Language Requirements for non-native speakers of English: Applicants in this category should have competence in English, which is the language of tuition. They will be required to supply an IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 or more, unless their primary degree has been taken through English, certification of which must be supplied.

Applicants should submit the following materials

We are now accepting applications for the 2023/2024 entry year. Our priority deadline for application submissions is February 1, 2023.  Any inquiries may be directed to Lisa Newman, Director of Admissions, at

  • A completed application form
  • A copy of a recent essay on art or a critical review of an exhibition you have recently visited (approx. 1000 words)
  • A portfolio comprising a minimum of 10 works, which may be represented digitally as jpeg or links (video) and sent through GoogleDocs or
  • A written statement of approx. 500 words that clearly states what you seek to attain through study on this programme
  • A résumé providing details of education, employment history, exhibitions and publications
  • Official certificate or transcript for all degree awards received
  • Two letters of recommendation (May be emailed directly to and must be sent by your referees)
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Non-refundable application fee of €50 payable online here.

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


MFA/MA Application Form

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PLEASE NOTE: Once you’ve submitted your application, you should immediately see an acknowledgement page confirming the submission.  If you do not see this, please contact Lisa Newman at to make sure your application has been received by the College.

Non-discrimination Policy

Burren College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national or ethnic origin, ability, or veteran status in any phase of its employment process, in any phase of its admission or scholarship programs, or other aspects of its educational programs or activities.

Coronavirus Information for MFA/MA in Studio Art Students

Burren College of Art’s top priority is the safety and wellbeing 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.

We want to assure you that in the unlikely event that there are any restrictions on travel at the start of the Fall semester in September, our faculty would be able to work with you temporarily online for teaching and advising sessions until the restrictions are removed and you are able to be here with us in Ireland.  Deferment to a later start date would also be an option.

Should you have any questions, please contact Lisa Newman, Director of Admissions, at

Academic Calendar 2022-2023

Fall 2022

September 5  – Autumn Semester begins/Orientation Week

September 12 – Classes begin

October 25-26 Midterm Critiques for all students

December 12 – Final Week of Autumn Semester


Spring 2023

January 9 – Spring Semester begins/Orientation Week

January 16 – Classes begin

February 27-28 – Midterm Critiques for all students

March 27 – Last week of studio time for Postgraduates

April 3-11 – Postgraduate final exhibition installation

April 12-14 – Final examinations and critiques

April 15 – Opening reception for Exhibition

April 17-21 – Final week of Spring Semester

April 27 – Graduation Ceremony