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Summer - Introduction to Art and Ecology
Ballyvaughn, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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Accommodation: Dormitory GPA Requirement: None
On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
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BC Summer Program
BC Department: Art, Art History & Film Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Art, Art History & Film major/minor elective, Arts Core
Number of Credits: 3 Course Number: ARTS1115
Program Description:
Program Description:
The Burren
 “Intro to Art and Ecology Studio” is an interdisciplinary and hands-on study abroad course open to students of all levels of artistic background and areas of concentration. This course comprises a uniquely immersive and field-based study at the Burren College of Art - based within the renovated remains of a 16th century castle on the west coast of Ireland. The surrounding landscape is the Burren, a one-of-a-kind ecological land mass of limestone, formed under an ancient ocean, and fostering ecosystems containing flora and fauna unique to the area.  Culturally, the region is home to numerous unearthed remains of historical dwellings, tombs, and artifacts, which further sculpt the terrain. Through individual and collaborative creative projects, students use the terrain to investigate, question and expand upon firsthand observation and analysis of relationships between cultural and natural systems. Course content will consist of trips to regional sites, field based research, creative workshops, lectures and art production supported by local ecologists, artists, story-tellers and historians.  

Program Dates
Arrival: Saturday May 19, 2018
Departure: Saturday June 16, 2018

Faculty Leader
Candice Ivy

The rich terrain of the Burren offers a unique space for encounters with the cultural and natural systems of Western Ireland.
Utilizing local materials and resources, students will complete individual and collaborative projects that may take the form of social art practice, including site-specific artworks, land projects, performance and ephemeral works. Expressive tools such as drawing, video, sound, writing, sculpture and installation, may be utilized within the creative process. No previous experience is necessary for these tools to be employed, simply a willingness to be open to new and diverse


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 

Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,412) *The tuition is the rate from summer 2017. The tuition for summer 2018 will be posted by early April.
GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
Program fee ($2,800)
Enrollment fee ($45)

Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Ireland (Shannon) and budgeting for meals, supplies, and personal travel expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals are included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals
Students will be housed at the Burren College of Art’s student dormitory, the “Lodge”, located on the College’s grounds. Communal areas within the lodge include, a large living room with an open fire, dining room, and well equipped kitchen, laundry and restrooms. Meals are not provided in this program, but students have access to an on-campus cafe and a local grocery store.  

Cultural Activities Cultural Activities on this program may include: 

A Burren tour and visits to the Cliffs of Moher
Storytelling session with folklorist Eddie Lennihan
Field-trip to historical sites of learning including Corcomroe Abbey and Kilmacduagh Monastery with Gordon D’Arcy, environmentalist and Head of Irish Studies Dept at The Burren College of Art
Session on Burren sustainability and ecology with local artist Deirdre O’Mahoney
Set-dancing lessons in Kilfenora
A weekend trip to the Aran Islands
A field trip to Gleniqinn farm, a look at sustainable farming in the Burren
A weekend trip to Dublin
Session with Dr Brendan Dunford, founder of BurrenBeo Trust – on Burren ecology and self-preservation 

Travel Information
Dolman @ Poulnabrone - Burren

 Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the Shannon Airport in Ireland on Saturday, May 19th. A bus from the Burren College of Art will provide transportation from the airport to the college at a designated time, and back to the airport upon departure.

Application Process
Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page. 

Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.