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Address: Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Ireland
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+353 65 707 7200

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Nice place to stop by and see art work

Our son had attended this College for 3 months years ago so we had to stop by. Very small art college. Fun to walk around and see the students work. We saw them... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 July 2015
Brad G
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Set in a beautiful setting, right next to Newtown Castle, BCA offers a terrific program to undergrads, MFA candidates and visiting artists. Terrific staff, comfortable lodging for students, extraordinary and inspiring location, encouraging and inspiring curriculum - something all art students should check out !

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Way back in 1995 when Burren College of Art was just starting out, I did a summer undergrad program here, and it was fabulous. I did photography mainly with a bit of sculpture and also got to learn about the history of the area from the great Sean White before he passed. A summer spent walking, climbing, photographing, working in... More 

Thank astorin
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

Just up the road from our favorite Irish B&B, Cappabhaile House, and located on the sight of an old castle, Burren College is ridiculously beautiful, with a good cafe, history galore, and brilliant young artists. There are also many local hiking trails that intersect at the back of the college. This is a magical place, close to Ballyvaughan, at the... More 

Thank Tim M
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

Our son had attended this College for 3 months years ago so we had to stop by. Very small art college. Fun to walk around and see the students work. We saw them preparing/hanging work for a show the next day.

Thank Brad G
Brentwood, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015

The castle tower was ancient, built in the 14th century. It is undergoing some restoration by the Art College students, but as you climb up to the third level rooms, you can picture how life might have been there. And the views are terrific!

Thank happyretireds
United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

Attending the Burren College of Art was enjoyable because of the location and the fellow students/professors, but unfortunately my graduate degree is not recognized as a United States equivalent. All of the graduate work I completed and paid for is not recognized by my current employer, my previous employer, or any other U.S. academic institution. The Burren College of Art... More 

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ATJDownes, Director of Marketing & Admissions at Burren College of Art, responded to this review

Burren College of Art graduate degrees are awarded by the National University of Ireland, Galway and recognised internationally. US students have successfully applied their completed Masters degrees to further education and employment in the US since the programme began ten years ago. This is the first complaint we have had and believe it relates to a post graduate certificate .... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Always interesting to visit the exhibitions each summer. Art is a matter of taste and some yoears the variey is so limited that it does not 'catch' me but it is an exiciting place to visit

Thank Wayton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

If only my art college had been like this. Fabulous space. Excellent live chickens. Gorgeous girls in the cafe , delicious bacon wraps and proper tea. Thankyou. And the castle was good exercise !!! X

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

This is a 3rd level Art College attached to NUI Galway with many international students, but which has spaces for groups/ conferences as well. We were all inspired by the lovely surroundings ..there is a 15th C. tower on the site as well as other old stone buildings, and the whole Centre is nestled in far back from the road... More 

Thank Norarua
Thousand Oaks
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Delightful trail walk, especially through the trees in early morning mist. Viewed the castle tower construction, a piece of history.

Thank Irene S

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