“Imagination and Creativity in the Irish Landscape” is an art course with an interdisciplinary focus, which fills the Art Core credit. Open to students of all majors with an interest in directly exploring the coastal landscape of Western Ireland. Comprising an innovative hands-on approach, we will research and creatively explore historical, cultural, and natural elements present in the Irish landscape. Our home base will be The Burren College of Art, housed within the renovated remains of a 16th century castle in Ballyvaughn. The surrounding landscape is called 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. 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.
The rich terrain along Western Ireland offers a unique space for cultural and ecological encounters. Utilizing local materials and resources, students will complete individual and collaborative projects that may take the form of social or digital art practice; including site-specific earthworks, land projects, performative, 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 forms of communication and expression.
Written responses and informal presentations by students will be supported by in class critique and individual guidance. Further support will come in the form of exposure to local artists, ecologists, and historians working in collaborative efforts. Twenty four hour access to personal studios will provide the working space for student projects to take shape
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 for the program 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 Aran Island
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
Students are responsible for their own flights to and from the Shannon airport in Ireland. A bus from the Burren College of Art will provide transportation to the college provided that students have arrived before the designated pickup time. A bus will also provide transportation back to the airport upon department at a designated time.
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
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.