The Mission and Values of Burren College of Art
To be a hothouse for artists, led by artists – reflective and challenging; remote and connected; at the confluence of cultures.
- Respect for the individual;
- Commitment to excellence;
- Support for students and colleagues;
Providing Time, Space and Inspiration for artists in the unique Burren landscape is the founding principle of the Burren College of Art. Liberation from rigid programming and opportunity for intense focus has helped the many artists who have studied at the college to find their artistic voice. While reflection and introspection are essential to the creative process, the contemporary artist's unique insight is relevant only when it connects with and engages the wider world. The Burren, a microcosm of society, provides a rich context from which to connect with wider issues. MFA/MA The MFA provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an artist. As an MFA graduate, you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practicing artist. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical inquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice. The MA provides a masters-level education in art appropriate to a diverse range of applications. As an MA graduate, you will produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that you have acquired a masters-level in artistic practice. You will also demonstrate capabilities for critical inquiry through fine art, with the ability to evaluate your work through an informed grasp of the social, cultural and theoretical concerns shaping discourse on contemporary fine art research and practice. Course Structure Studio Research forms the core of the MFA and MA and is comprised of studio-based individual mentoring and rigorous group critiques. Studio Research modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation, leading to the production of a substantial body of work. Historical & Critical Studies modules engage you in the intensive critical discourse on contemporary art. Professional Studies modules facilitate the development of the personal, conceptual, technical and organizational skills necessary for professional practice as an artist. They are delivered through seminars, symposia and educational visits to Dublin, London, and Berlin.