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

Our priority deadline for application submissions is February 1, 2024. 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 either sent by password-protected email by your college or university, or sent as a hard copy to Admissions, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland. 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.

Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Fall 2023

September 4  – Autumn Semester begins/Orientation Week

September 11 – Classes begin

October 24-25 Midterm Critiques for all students

December 11 – Final Week of Autumn Semester


Spring 2024

January 8 – Spring Semester begins/Orientation Week

January 15 – Classes begin

February 27-28 – Midterm Critiques for all students

March 25 – Last week of studio time for Postgraduates

April 1-9 – Postgraduate final exhibition installation

April 10-12 – Final examinations and critiques

April 13 – Opening reception for Exhibition

April 15-19 – Final week of Spring Semester

April 25 – Graduation Ceremony


Fall 2024

September 2  – Autumn Semester begins/Orientation Week

September 9 – Classes begin

October 21-22 Midterm Critiques for all students

December 9 – Final Week of Autumn Semester