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  • Locations: Ballyvaughan, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/17/2017 03/24/2017 06/24/2017 07/22/2017
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Studio Art
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Catherine Bogle
Course(s) Offered:
FINE 4422/5522
Faculty Leader:
Rian Kerrane
College of Arts & Media
Program Description:


  • Learn about site-specific art in Ireland from visiting artists and by viewing local exhibits
  • Enjoy 24-hour access to personal studio space and a darkroom
  • Spend three nights visiting the Aran Islands
  • Soak in the beauty of the 16th century castle on the grounds of which the host institution, the Burren College of Art, is located



Interdisciplinary Art in Ireland provides students a unique format for intensive investigation of site-specific art. Participants are encouraged to develop new methods of art making while exploring and interpreting the relationship between place and the creative process. Artists working in all expressive media are encouraged to reexamine the tools, concepts, and goals of their creative practice. Experimentation is encouraged as students work at the varied sites, reflecting on culture, landscape, human presence, and social structure of the region. The practice of documentation of artwork in the form of drawings, reflective writing, photography, and video is an essential element of the course. The investigative and intensive four-week experience in the Irish Landscape will fuel participants' work for years to come.

The Burren College of Art, set in the grounds of a 16th century castle in the stunning Burren landscape on Ireland's Atlantic coast, offers you a unique opportunity for your creative development. The BCA is a modern facility nestled along the rugged west coast of Ireland. The area is rich in ancient monuments including megalithic tombs, prehistoric burial mounds, Bronze and Iron Age forts, churches, graveyards, and medieval castles.



Course Information

  • 6 Credits
  • FINE 4522/5522
  • Course Requirements

    Statement of Purpose

    Submission of personal work

    Phone or in-person interview




    $5,990 (approximately)

    • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
    • Not Included: round trip airfare, meals, personal expenses, and visa fees if applicable

    Faculty Leaders

    Rian Kerrane is the CU Denver faculty leader for this program. She is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at CU Denver, the head of the Sculpture program, and an Irish native. Contact Rian at

    Melissa Borman is the co-faculty for the program. She is the head of Photography at Century College in Minnesota. Contact Melissa at

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that for summer terms, students must be registered for at least half-time status (6 credits for undergraduates, 3 credits for graduates) to be eligible for financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

    Additional Scholarship Information

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding: