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Art in Ireland
Ballyvaughan, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
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Housing Options: Apartment APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Art in Ireland 2018

Art in Ireland

Let's geaux to Ireland!

This is your chance to spend your summer at the unique Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland.  For 8 years, LSU has been sending students to the Burren to create, experience, live, make, and dream.  This year, it's your turn!

Choose from courses in sculpture, painting, photography, and digital art.  In addition to in-class and studio time, there will also be opportunities to hike, sketch, visit galleries and art centers, explore the area on the weekends, and learn from local artists and guest lecturers.  There will also be excursions to Galway and the Aran Islands.

2015 group shotThe Burren's landscape is comprised of exposed limestone formed 340 million years ago.  It is home to an unusual variety of flora that has drawn visitors and naturalists from around the world. 

Nestled within this unique landscape are a wide range of historically significant sites, from portal tombs dating back to 4,000 BC, fulacht fiadh believed to be Bronze Age cooking sites, to medieval castles, and high crosses.  

Want to meet the students and faculty who will be going with you to Ireland this summer?  Like our Facebook page!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees (6 hours)
LSU Tuition & Fees (6 hours)
June 1 June 30 $3,995 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888
instate: $3,323
out of state: $7,571

Program Fee Includes

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  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation between Shannon Airport and the Burren
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Excursions to Galway and the Aran Islands
  • Studio supplies
  • Health insurance

Housing: Students live at The Lodge, set on extensive grounds commanding Burren views and a pleasant 10 minute walk from the College and 15 minutes from Ballyvaughan village.

The 11 en-suite twin bedrooms are bright and well appointed.  Communal areas include a large living room with an open fire, dining room, TV area, well-equipped kitchen, laundry, public washrooms, and high speed wifi.

A roofed patio area with chimney is an ideal outdoor summer gathering space.

Meals: the program purchases groceries weekly and stocks both houses with enough food to cover breakfast and dinner daily.  For lunch, you will have a meal plan through the Food of the Arts Cafe (which does include vegetarian options).  When on excursions, the Program Director will arrange meals.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Do not purchase airfare until you are told to do so.  Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare. 

Once you have been told you can purchase airfare, you should plan to fly out of the US on June 1, arriving at Shannon airport on June 2.  Your return flight should be scheduled for June 30.

Spending money: Although most meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


Course Description Instructor
ART 1012 Three Dimensional Design Malcolm McClay
ART 1762 Beginning Sculpture Malcolm McClay
ART 2883 Water Media Painting Chicory Miles
ART 4020 Special Topics in Studio: Digital Archive Chicory Miles
ART 4741.001 Special Studies in Sculpture: Site Intervention Malcolm McClay
ART 4741.002 Special Studies in Sculpture: Independent Study Malcolm McClay
ART 4884 Advanced Painting: Independent Study Chicory Miles
ART 7700 Graduate Sculpture Malcolm McClay

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April 14 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
June 1 Depart USA
June 2 Arrive at Shannon airport; bus to the Burren College of Art
June 3 Explore Ballyvaughan; watch Rivers & Tides
June 4 Fieldtrip: guided tour of the Burren
June 5 Introduction and tour by Robert Wainwright; Gordon D'Arcy lecture
June 6 Storyteller Eddie Lenihan
June 7 Aine Phillips lecture
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June 12 Fieldtrip: Aran Islands
June 13 Fieldtrip: Aran Islands
June 14 Fieldtrip: Aran Islands
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June 20 Hike on Blackhead
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June 22 Fieldtrip: Galway
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June 24 Fieldtrip: Ceili at Kilfenora
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June 28 Artist's Reception for Art in Ireland
June 29 Document work; pack studio
June 30 bus to Shannon airport; fly home or continue to explore Europe on your own
Aug 2 Grades available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


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Prof. Malcolm McClay
Program Director
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Ms. Chicory Miles Art cmilesfacutly

Eligibility & Withdrawal

StorytellerIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in late May (specific dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

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