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Burren College of Art

Posted on June 27, 2011


The Burren College of Art (BCA) is situated on the grounds of a 16th-century castle on the west coast of Ireland. It was established in 1993 and is an internationally known institution of art recognized for its undergraduate and graduate programs. It is accredited by the National University of Ireland Galway. Each semester students have access to various resident and visiting artists.


The Burren College of Art is located just a few miles from Ballyvaughan, a small village located on the shore of Galway Bay. Though small, this lively village has restaurants, shops, and a  thriving community. Students have the opportunity to engage with the local community through local  societies, ceili dancing, music sessions, as well as providing art classes to local school children. Students who want to experience city life can visit Galway, which is only 40 minutes away.


Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semesters

Program Dates

Spring semester: January 8, 2016 - April 22, 2016

Fall semester: September 2, 2016 - December 14, 2016

Courses & Credit

Students elect five courses per semester to earn 4.0 Wheaton credits.

  • Fine Arts Studies in Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
  • Liberal Arts Studies in Art History, Creative Writing, Irish Studies

Admission Requirements

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and are required to submit a portfolio consisting of slides (6-10 of recent work) which will be evaluated by Burren College of Art faculty & staff as part of the admission process.

Housing & Board

Students live double rooms in BCA managed cottages located close to the campus. Students prepare their own meals and are provided with fully equipped kitchen facilities.


Wheaton Tuition and Housing. Expenses covered include tuition, housing, and one round-trip overseas airfare.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport fees, board and a refundable housing  deposit, round-trip domestic travel to meet overseas flight, supplemental insurance and personal expenses. Students cover the expense of an optional field trip to Paris or London.


Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.


Students should consult with Prof. Andy Howard, Faculty Advisor and Lynn Gaylord at the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

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