Our deadline for application submissions was February 1, 2024. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024/2025 entry year. Any inquiries may be directed to Lisa Newman, Director of Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 by email to email@example.com
- 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 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 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 University of 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.
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
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
January 6 – Spring Semester begins/Orientation Week
January 13 – Classes begin
February 25-26 – Midterm Critiques for all students
March 24 – Last week of studio time for Postgraduates
March 30-April 9 – Postgraduate final exhibition installation
April 9-11 – Final examinations and critiques
April 12 – Opening reception for Exhibition
April 14-18 – Final week of Spring Semester
April 24 – Graduation Ceremony