- Applicants for the PhD in Studio Art should have a masters degree in fine art (MFA). Applicants with an MFA degree may apply directly for the PhD programme.
- Applicants who do not have an MFA may apply for the MFA 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 the MFA
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 (min 10 jpeg images or link 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 official copies in envelopes stamped and sealed by your university.
- Copy of Birth Certificate.
- Non-refundable application fee of €50 payable online here.
We request official hard copies of transcripts to be sent to Admissions, Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland, or sent by the university/college via password protected email. Portfolio images and video links 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.