MFA / MA Art & Ecology - Programme Description

Burren College of Art Time, Space & Inspiration

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Maryann Worrell

MFA / MA Art & Ecology - Programme Description

Studio research provides for the development of artistic practice 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 contextualising 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 fieldtrips provide 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.

Course Structure

MFA / MA Art & Ecology

  • Year 1, Semester 1
    Studio Research 1 : Creative Strategies, 10 ECTS
    Theory and Art & Ecology 1 : Land-based Art, 5 ECTS
    Studio Methodologies 1 : Materiality and the Land, 10 ECTS
    Environmental Studies 1 : Ecosystem Science, 5 ECTS
     
  • Year 1, Semester 2
    Studio Research 2 : Refinement and Coherence of Enquiry and Practice, 10 ECTS
    Theory and Art & Ecology 2 : Socially Engaged Practice, 5 ECTS
    Studio Methodologies 2 : Relating Art & Ecology - Individual Responses to Issues in the Burren, 10 ECTS
    Environmental Studies 2 : Ecology in the Burren, 5 ECTS
  • Year 1, Semester 3, Summer Term, For MA in Art & Ecology only
    Studio Research Project : The MA Exhibition, 30 ECTS
    A studio-based, independent studies module for students seeking to graduate with the award of MA in Art & Ecology.  Students develop a body of work for exhibition supported by a written Artist's Statement.
    TOTAL FOR MA IN STUDIO ART : 90 ECTS

  • Year 2, Semester 3
    Studio Research 3 : Preparing an Exhibition, 5 ECTS
    Theory and Art & Ecology 3 : Essay, 5 ECTS
    Studio Methodologies 3 : Collaborative Project, 10 ECTS
    Environmental Studies 3 : The Global Conversation, 5 ECTS
    Professional Studies, 5 ECTS

  • Year 2, Semester 4
    Studio Research 4 : The MFA Exhibition, 15 ECTS
    Studio Methodologies 4 : Collaborative Project 2, 15 ECTS
    TOTAL FOR MFA IN ART & ECOLOGY : 120