The Burren College of Art (BCA), located on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, serves as the base for this six-credit humanities photography program. While there, students explore a land of jaw dropping beauty and history: with rocks and seas, ancient forts and megalithic tombs, rare flowers and marine life. Students will stay in a cozy Irish apartment in the village of Ballyvaughn, where evenings are filled with music, poetry and storytelling. They will photograph abandoned mansions in the countryside, tramp along windswept lanes on a Gaelic speaking island with its resident shipwreck, experience the old Irish ways at the Spancil Hill horse fair, meet renowned Irish photographers, explore the unique Burren landscape with a naturalist and experience the delights of Galway and Dublin.
Students will earn a total of 6 graded Humanities credits for the two courses
AS.371.306.30 Digital Photography: Photographing the Burren (3 H credits)
and AS.371.301.30 Landscapes: Burren (3 H credits)
Fundamentals of the Digital SLR, Photoshop and printing are covered and lectures on the documentary and fine art traditions in photography inspire student projects. Students work one-on-one with their instructors to develop a photographic series that will be shown in a final exhibition at the BCA. Each student will be given a Nikon D 5300 to use while in Ireland. Students should bring a laptop computer. Students of all majors and levels are welcome.
The program cost for 2018 was $6,500. Please stay tuned for 2019 information. The program cost will be billed to the JHU student account and includes housing, excursions, some meals, transportation within Ireland, Nikon D 5300 for use in Ireland, and international health insurance
Students will stay in a cozy Irish cottage in the village of Ballyvaughn. Students will share bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Internet access, bedding, kitchen supplies, and laundry facilities will be provided in the apartments.