Clare County Council is pleased to offer a bursary towards the Masters of Fine Arts Programme at the Burren College of Art to a Clare artist.

The MFA is a joint Burren College of Art /National University of Ireland Galway programme, based at the Burren College of Art. Students register as full students of the NUI Galway and they study at both the Burren College of Art and the NUI Galway. The programme operates in association with the Royal College of Art, London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which provides visiting faculty to the programme.
Students are based at the Burren College of Art and undertake their studio Thoretical and Professional Studies at the College. Students undertake their Elective Studies at the University.
The Master of Fine Art is generally accepted as the terminal degree in studio arts. The new programme is a two-year, full time, research post-graduate degree, awarded by National University of Ireland, Galway.
This bursary offers one artist the opportunity to partake in this Masters Programme. The successful artist will be expected to work with the Arts Office of Clare County Council in a voluntary capacity for a period of not more than 3 months full time ( a longer part-time period can be arranged) on completion of the programme.
The MFA is a two-year research based programme that aims to advance knowledge in and through the fine arts, and prepare students for fine arts practice. The MFA also aims to promote the creation and manifestation of ideas through innovative studio practice that integrates theoretical enquiry.
Successful MFA graduates will:

-Produce a final exhibition, the quality of which will demonstrate that they have developed the imagination, knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to function successfully as artists.

-Be able to critically evaluate their own work and that of their peers, informed by an understanding of contemporary fine art research and practice.
-Exhibit strong expressive and communicative abilities in drawing, selected fine arts media, and verbal reasoning.
-Demonstrate high level intellectual capabilities and an understanding of the philosophical and cultural concerns of the fine arts.
Who can apply?
Applicants should have a Bachelors Degree with honours or a Major in Fine Arts, or evidence of equivalent achievement. They should also demonstrate their suitability by means of a portfolio and a supporting statement.
Applicants should be from Clare or be resident in Clare for a period of no less than five years.
What are the costs?
Tuition fees €16,000 per academic year for 2005 entry. The bursary is valued at €14,000 per academic year.
Selection Process
1. Applicants should fill out the application form available from the address below.
2. Applicants should also include
a) reasons for applying for this bursary
b) an abstract proposal (no more than 500 words) indicating how they propose working with Clare County Council to feed into the development of their specific area of interest in the arts by the local authority.

For application forms and enquries please contact:

BCA Bursary Application, County Arts Office, County Library, Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065 6846267. Fax: 065 6842462. Email:

Closing date for applications is: April 7th, 2005

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