MPhil (Fine Art) - Full Time and Part Time Study

MPhil (Fine Art)

Applicants to the MPhil (Fine Art) should have a Bachelors degree with Honours in Fine Art (First class or 2:1, or a GPA of 3.50 or above), or a Masters degree in Fine Art (or relevant subject area). Applicants may also be considered if their degree is in an unrelated field but have relevant experience and can demonstrate an ability to work at postgraduate level.

Applications for the MPhil (Fine Art) will be made in two stages:

Stage 1: Submit the following application form and supporting documents

  • Online Application form (see below)
  • An outline of a Research Proposal (up to 2000 words as a .doc, .docx, or PDF) detailing:
      • the proposed project title;
      • the field of enquiry;
      • the main research question proposing the aspect of the field of enquiry to be explored;
      • the methods and methodology proposed;
      • a bibliography and details of other sources of information relevant to the project.
      • The reasons for wishing to undertake an MPhil and an indication of likely outcomes should also be provided;
  • Portfolio (10-15 jpeg images or 3-4 links to video).  Your portfolio may be submitted electronically through GoogleDocs or 
  • 2 letters of recommendation sent by your referees
  • Official transcripts demonstrating evidence of previous degrees.  These must be either official hard copies in envelopes stamped and sealed by the university or sent as password-protected e-transcripts.
  • Copy of your passport or birth certificate.
  • 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

MPhil Application Form

Apply Here


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.

Stage 2: Shortlisted Applicants

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a more developed research proposal for discussion and subsequent revision until it is suitable for registration, at which time the applicant is admitted with effect from September. Exceptionally, a January start may be agreed.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Burren College of Art does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, 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 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