Applicants for the PhD in Studio Art should have a masters degree in fine art (MFA or MA) or an MPhil (Fine Art). Applicants with an MFA or MPhil (Fine Art) degree may apply directly for the PhD programme.
Applicants who do not have an MFA or an MPhil (Fine Art) may apply for the MFA or the MPhil (Fine Art) with the possibility of progression to PhD.
To apply for the MFA applicants must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours in Fine Art (First class or 2:1, or a GPA of 3.50 or above). Enrolled MFA students have two options at the end of Year One:
- Research for three more years leading to the award of the PhD
- Research for one more year leading to the award of an MFA
To apply for the MPhil (Fine Art) applicants 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. Enrolled MPhil (Fine Art) students have two options in Year Two:
- Research for the remainder of the MPhil leading to the award of the MPhil (Fine Art)
- Application to transfer to the PhD programme, comprising of two more years research, leading to the award of the PhD
Applications for the PhD are in two stages:
- Online Application form (see below)
- An outline of your research proposal, including your proposed methodology and reading list (See guidelines below).
- Portfolio (10-15 jpeg images or 3-4 links to video). Your portfolio may be submitted electronically through GoogleDocs or www.wetransfer.com
- 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 www.wetransfer.com. All other application materials can be emailed to the Director of Admissions, Lisa Newman, at email@example.com
All eligible applicants are then interviewed.
For full consideration, research proposals must adhere to the following guidelines. Please note that we are unable to consider proposals that do not adhere to this format.
PhD Studio Art: Practice Based Research Proposal
Content Guidelines for Submitting a Research Proposal
Offers of a place are made by NUI Galway on the recommendation of Burren College of Art. They are subject to the applicant submitting a satisfactory PhD project proposal for registration with the university within the university’s time scale. Should the proposal not be accepted on first submission, registration will be delayed without defrayal of fees.
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.
The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate. 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.
Should you have any questions, please contact Lisa Newman, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11 – Spring Semester begins/Orientation Week
January 18 – Classes begin
March 1 – Midterm Critiques for all students
March 29-April 2 – Last week of studio time for Postgraduates
April 5 – 13 – Postgraduate final exhibition installation
April 12 – 16 – Final examinations and critiques
April 17 – Opening reception for Exhibition
April 19-23 – Final week of Spring Semester
April 29 – Graduation Ceremony
September 6 – Autumn Semester begins/Orientation Week
September 13 – Classes begin
October 26-27 Midterm Critiques for all students
December 13 – Final Week of Autumn Semester
January 10 – Spring Semester begins/Orientation Week
January 17 – Classes begin
February 28 – Midterm Critiques for all students
March 28-April 1 – Last week of studio time for Postgraduates
April 4 – 12 – Postgraduate final exhibition installation
April 11 – 15 – Final examinations and critiques
April 16 – Opening reception for Exhibition
April 18-22 – Final week of Spring Semester
April 28 – Graduation Ceremony