MFA/MA in Studio Art

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Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2020/21

(Please note that tuition and fees are subject to annual change.)


Full Time

International Students       €18,500 per year (years 1-3); €9,830 year four

EU Students                      €9,500 per year (years 1-3); €5,400 year four

Part Time

International Students       €7,860 per year

EU Students                      €3,570 per year

Hybrid Mode (Part & Full Time)

International Students        €7,860 per year, plus €890 per month for which studio space is provided when in Full Time mode.

(subject to availability with advance reservation required)

EU Students                       €3570 per year plus €890 per month for which studio space is provided when in Full Time mode.

(subject to availability with advance reservation required).

These fees include the provision of supervisors, external examiners (including inclusion of an external supervisor when appropriate) and a Graduate Research Committee, studio space for Full-Time and Hybrid students, use of College facilities including the library and workshops, the administrative services of the college and the university, and a contribution to exhibition costs for examination including digital promotion. The cost of materials, books, external technical services, printed exhibition invitations and catalogue, travel and attendance at conferences are met by students.

Please note: Students are expected to complete their doctoral studies in the timeframes specified. If further time is required, subject to GRC approval, tuition for an additional year will be at the same rate as year 4 for Full Time students and at the annual tuition rate for Part Time and Hybrid Mode students. As noted previously, fees are non refundable if a student withdraws from the programme either voluntarily or through a failure to progress.

MFA in Studio Art / MFA in Art & Ecology

  • (2 Semesters per yr.) EU Fee €9,500 per yr / International Fee €18,500 per Yr.


MA in Studio Art / MA in Art & Ecology

  • (3 Semesters) EU Fee €11,875 / International Fee €23,150


Post Baccalaureate in Studio / Art & Ecology

  • (2 Semesters) EU Fee €9,500 / International Fee €18,500

NOTE: To be eligible for EU fee rates, you must hold an EU passport which has been valid for at least one year prior to applying to the programme.


Other Fees

  • Programme Fee €495
  • Activity Fee €390
  • Optional Faculty-led trip to London €700
  • Optional Faculty-led trip to Berlin €700
  • Graduation Fee €75

Fees Payment

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Cancellation Policy

All tuition and fees are due at least 4 weeks before the start of the programme. The Burren College of Art accepts no obligation to refund any fee, or part thereof, after this date.

Academic Year 2020/21 – Key Dates

Fall 2020

September 7  – Autumn Semester begins/Orientation Week

September 14 – Classes begin

October 27-28 – Midterm Critiques for all students

December 14 – Final Week of Autumn Semester


Spring 2021

January 11 – Spring Semester begins/Orientation Week

January 18 – Classes begin

March 1 – Midterm Critiques for all students

April 19-23 – Final week of Spring Semester

April 29 – Graduation Ceremony


Scholarship & Funding Sources

Burren College of Art is an independent, not-for-profit institution which does not receive any State or government funding in the form of grants or support for Irish or EU students.  In recognition of this, we assist Irish and EU students by providing a 50% reduction in tuition fees, reserving additional internal scholarship funds for our international (non-EU students).

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 10-20% of Full Time tuition remission for all postgraduate programs  (NOTE: Scholarships are only available for international, non-EU students accepted to full-time enrolment in the PhD, MFA/MA and Post-Baccalaureate programmes). Part Time or Hybrid PhD degree programs are not eligible for scholarship funding. 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.
The Sean Scully Scholarship

Renowned international artist, Sean Scully, has generously donated $10,000 (€8936) towards tuition for an incoming student beginning in Fall 2020.  This award is available for MFA or MA students enrolling in either Studio Art or Art & Ecology and is based on a combination of demonstrated exceptional talent and financial need.

The Bernice P. Shaughnessy and Janet M. Shaughnessy Scholarship

This award was established in 2017 by alumnus Janet Shaughnessy (1952-2018) in loving memory of her mother, Bernice P. Shaughnessy (1921-2016). Janet wished to pay tribute to the Burren, and the meaningful experience she had while living and working there as a member of the first Burren College of Art MFA class, graduating in 2005. The Burren landscape, colors, sky, weather and seasons had a profound influence on her drawings. The quiet, the sea, and the space to explore her interior and exterior worlds continued to influence every part of her life. As executor of the fund, Janet’s husband, Hal Weaver, would enjoy informal communication with the scholarship recipient to discuss their ongoing progress.

The €5000 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming international (non-EU) MFA student, whose application will show compelling ability and clarity of intention in choosing the Burren as an influential location for their work, as well as demonstrated financial need. Recipients must be enrolled full time and in good academic standing. This scholarship is available to all international Masters of Fine Art students in Studio Art or Art & Ecology, and is renewable for two years.

In 2020, we are able to offer two €2500 scholarships through the Shaughnessy fund for incoming Post Baccalaureates in Art & Ecology.

Michael Greene Scholarship

This Trust provides means-based scholarships to facilitate participation by the most talented international artists on our Graduate Programmes. A number of awards to the value of €4,400 are made. These are allocated in the form of a campus housing scholarship for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters, not including Christmas break). Selection is based on portfolio assessment and financial need.


Priority Deadline of February 1, 2020 for 2020/2021 Entry
The application deadline for Graduate Programmes is Feb 1st, 2020. 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.

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
Grant Fairy

This is a UK based search engine for a variety of grants and scholarships. Scholarships

€5000 scholarship towards earning a Master’s degree in Europe.

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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