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Ballyvaughan, Ireland

Program Description

Experience the magical culture and nature of Ireland while earning 6 credit hours in 3 weeks.

In the spring and prior to departure, you will attend either virtual or in-person workshops to begin completing projects and coursework.

At our home base of Burren College of Art, you will explore the Burren region, famous for its natural beauty and unique limestone-based ecosystem, including the Cliffs of Moher.

Planned are workshops, lectures, and field trips with local legends who will introduce you to Celtic folklore, storytelling, Holy wells, poetry, and dancing.

You will visit art galleries and discover the history, culture, and social dynamics of Galway and Dublin.

At Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, you will see monuments of Christian, pre-Christian, and Celtic mythological heritage, thereby increasing your appreciation of contemporary Irish culture.

In your Burren studio spaces, you will create works that reflect your surroundings and new influences.

Learn more about the regions and sites we'll visit on our program blog.

Location Description

Burren College of Art is in Ballyvaughan, an Irish harbor village located on the northwest coast, along the Wild Atlantic Way.


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Housing will be provided and students will share accommodations in conveniently located apartments, residence halls, and hotels. All locations include free Wi-Fi and access to on-site kitchens.

The program will provide students with a weekly meal allowance, and several group lunches and dinners will be covered as well.

Additional Items to Consider

Pre-program coursework will be required. All participants must have working cell phones for international use. 

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.6

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students

Open to all majors

Prerequisites: ART 102, ART 104

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ART 230: Introduction to Fiber Processes (3 credits)

ART 392: Special Topics in Art (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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