MFA/MA in Art & Ecology


Program Description

The MFA in Art & Ecology provides an immersive education in the development of professional practice as an ecologically oriented artist. As an MFA graduate, you will produce a final exhibition of both personal and collaborative work, which will demonstrate that you have acquired the skills necessary to survive and thrive as a practising artist. You will 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 art and ecological issues. You will also propose and implement an achievable, interdisciplinary collaborative project that engages with ecological/environmental concerns in the Burren or on a global scale.

The MA provides you with a master-level education in ecologically oriented art that is 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.

Studio research provides for the development of artistic practise alongside students of the MFA/MA in Studio Art. These modules provide for studio-based experimentation and innovation leading to the production of a substantial body of work.

Studio methodologies are a series of taught studio courses examining the methodology of Art & Ecology with reference to historical examples.

Theory and Art & Ecology consists of seminars contextualizing the theoretical framework of Art & Ecology. In addition, Environmental Studies draws on expertise from within the College of Science at NUI Galway in engaging with scientific approaches to ecology, with the first module led by an environmental scientist. In the second, lectures and field trips provide the first-hand experience of the Burren as a microcosm of environmental and ecological issues. The third, a distance-learning module, examines the social and political context of global environmental issues.

MFA/MA Art & Ecology - Admissions

The application deadline is 1st February annually, although late applications may be accepted if all places have not been filled. All eligible applicants are interviewed either in person or by phone.

Applicants should have a Bachelors Degree with first or upper second class honours in Fine Art, or a Bachelors Degree with a major in Fine Art with a GPA of 3.50 or above, or evidence of equivalent achievement. In the case of an outstanding portfolio, a Bachelors Degree with a lower second class/2.2 honours/GPA of 3.0 may be accepted.

Overseas Applicants

Overseas applicants from outside the EU must comply with Irish immigration rules regarding passport, visa, financial viability and evidence of student status (e.g. letter of acceptance from the College).

English Language Requirements for non-native speakers of English: Applicants in this category should have competence in English, which is the language of tuition. They will be required to supply an IELTS unless their primary degree has been taken through English, certification of which must be supplied.

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Contact: Lisa Newman

Cost & Fees

Tuition Fees:

  • EU Tuition: €9,500
  • International Tuition: €18,500
  • Programme Fee: €495
  • Activity Fee: €390
  • Optional Faculty-led trip to London: €690
  • Optional Faculty-led trip to Berlin: €690
  • Graduation Fee: €75
Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

To be a hothouse for artists, led by artists – reflective and challenging; remote and connected; at the confluence of cultures.

To be a hothouse for artists, led by artists – reflective and challenging; remote and connected; at the confluence of cultures. Read less