Study art on the grounds of a 16th century castle in rural Ireland

If you are a budding artist with a yearning for inspirational, creative and supportive collaboration to enhance your work, look no further than the highly respected Burren College of Art in the West of Ireland. With fewer than 55 students – all practicing artists – study abroad at Burren College of Art offers an intensive and highly individualized experience. 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.

Course offerings include a variety of studio art classes such as painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture amid the magnificent landscape of the Burren, an area that has long been an inspiration for artists of all genres because of its ethereal and intriguing beauty.

If you think it's a long time to be gone, realize that by the end you'll wish it was longer. ”

Jennifer Reese

Kenyon College Student, Burren College of Art

  • In addition to studio art courses, you may also choose courses in the liberal arts, such as Irish studies, art history, creative writing.

  • Optional excursion to galleries and museums in London, Berlin or Paris put your experience into the broader context of the art world and its global influences.

  • You’ll have your own dedicated studio spaces to which you have access 24/7.

  • Become part of the close-knit village community of Ballyvaughan, with its quaint shops, musical pubs, dramatic scenery and friendly locals.

  • This program is open to students at the Junior or Senior level.

  • Virtual Internship Option: Replace one elective course with a virtual internship through Arcadia to add international professional experience to your resume. See the Internship Placement Guide for information about placement details.

  • Learn more about our Arcadia in Dublin Center.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2021 8/26/2021 12/18/2021 15 $20,665 4/20/2021 More Info
Academic Year 2021 8/26/2021 4/23/2022 30 $37,125 4/20/2021 More Info
Spring 2022 1/2/2022 4/23/2022 15 $21,200 10/15/2021 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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