The Program

What type of person would this course be suitable for?
This program is suitable for students who are taking a gap year, or are currently studying in college and considering a career in the visual arts or associated fields such as architecture, graphic design, film, etc. Students interested in any visual art medium (drawing, painting, photography, video, sculpture, installation, etc.) may apply.

How many students do you accept?
We will accept a maximum of 8 students.

What are the dates?

Spring Session: February 18th – May 12th, 2019

Autumn Session: September 9th – December 1st, 2019

What do you teach?
This program focuses on developing your visual art practice, with an emphasis on developing both technical skill and conceptual content. There is a focus on professional development for careers in the arts, and on contemporary visual art practices in Ireland. We have facilities to teach drawing, painting, darkroom and digital photography, video, animation, and temporary installation and sculpture. Read more about our curriculum here.

What is the application process?
Submit the following; applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is fully registered:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A portfolio (only one pdf file). You may submit between 10 and 20 images of your artwork. Works can be in any medium for example drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, etc. The images should include captions or short descriptions including when the work was made, medium and a sentence or two about your concepts for the artwork.
  3. Letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher or professor. This letter must be sent directly to info@cowhousestudios.com by your specified referee at the time of your application.

Upon receipt of all application materials, Cow House Co-Director Rosie O’Gorman will schedule a time to speak on Skype or FaceTime. This interview ensures that our program is the right fit and presents an opportunity for you to ask Rosie any questions you might have about the program.

Successful applicants will be notified by email within five working days of the interview. At this time students must complete and return the acceptance form, and pay the €2500 deposit.

What does a typical day look like?
Breakfast at 9am. Then, into the studio by 10am to work independently and meet with instructors for one on one guidance. Lunch is served from 1pm to 2pm. After lunch, we return to the studio for our daily workshop introducing a new skill or process. Between 4pm and 6pm time will be spent working on projects and gathering new research. This time will also be used for group critiques and allow for opportunities to explore the farm, read a book or catch up with friends and family back home. Dinner, a delicious home cooked meal, is served at 7pm. After dinner students may use the studio facilities to continue developing their projects, take in a presentation by one of our instructors, watch a movie, play a game of pool or partake in one of our many organised evening activities.

Who are the teachers?
Our teachers are accomplished practising artists who are passionate about working with young artists. Directors Rosie and Frank are the primary teachers, along with our associate artists. Click here for more information about our associate artists.

How old are the students?
Students are age 18 to 22 years old.

Do we travel around Ireland?
Most of our time is spent on the farm, and in the surrounding area. We also take weekly local trips, and extended overnight trips to Dublin, and the west of Ireland.

Travel to and from Ireland

What time should I book my arriving and departing flights?
Participants must arrive in Dublin airport between 8am and 1pm on the first morning of the program, where they will be met and escorted by a Cow House Studios representative. Departing flights should be scheduled between 10am and 2pm on the last day of the program.

Do I need a visa?
EU residents and students from specific countries such as the USA and Canada do not need a visa to travel to Ireland. FieldWorks is an 84-day course. Students travelling from the US and Canada are permitted to stay in Ireland for 90 days which allows for six days of additional travel preceding or following the course. Citizens of certain countries do require a visa. Please click HERE to find out more about visa requirements. If you need a letter to assist in securing a visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What about health insurance?
All students must have medical insurance for the duration of their stay in Ireland. If you already have medical insurance it is best to check with your insurance provider first to see if they cover foreign travel.

Fees & Payment

How much does the program cost?
Tuition is €12,500.

What’s Included?
The fee includes registration and tuition fees, accommodation, three nutritious meals per day, all art supplies, use of studio equipment, field trip transportation, room and entrance fees, transportation to and from Dublin airport, use of laundry facility and bed linens.

What is not included in the fee?
The fee does not include airfare.

How can I pay?
All payments must be made in euros. Payment can be made by wire transfer, Visa or MasterCard. Once we have received the acceptance letter from the successful applicant the person responsible for payment will receive an email with detailed instructions.

Safety

What happens in the case of a medical emergency?
Everyone’s safety and well-being are of the utmost importance. Both Directors Frank and Rosie are certified in Occupational First Aid, to deal with minor incidences, and in the event of a medical emergency, our doctor is a 20-minute drive from the Cow House, and Wexford General Hospital is a 35-minute drive from Cow House Studios.

What is your policy for drinking alcohol?
The legal drinking age in Ireland is 18 years old. Students will be permitted to drink alcohol, but are expected to do so in a responsible manner. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the program.

What to Bring

Are cell phones, laptops and tablet computers allowed?
Yes, you may bring cell phones, laptops or tablet computers. However, cell phones are not allowed to be used during class time or at the dining table during meals.

How much spending money is needed?
The tuition fee includes all accommodation and meals, art supplies, field trip transportation and entrance fees, students only need to bring some spending money for gifts.

What materials/ equipment do I need to bring?
All art materials are included in the tuition, but you are welcome to bring your own sketchbook and any other unusual materials that you might like to use.

Do I need rain boots?
No need! We have lots of boots at Cow House.

What about laundry?
Students do their own laundry once a week. Washing detergent is supplied.

How many students share a room?
Each room sleeps 2 students. The bedrooms are cosy and each has room its own bathroom.

Food

What type of food do you serve?
At the Cow House, we take our food seriously. We ensure that everyone eats three delicious and healthy meals a day, and we are happy to accommodate any specific dietary needs, whether it be a food allergy or vegetarian requirements. We serve a variety of cuisines from Irish to Mexican, Italian to Middle Eastern, and are proud to use ingredients that have been produced locally: fresh milk and cheese, natural Irish beef and lamb, and delicious root vegetables, not to mention our home baked breads, fruit preserves, ferments and delicious desserts.

Do you cater for special dietary requirements?
We are happy to accommodate any specific dietary needs, whether it be a food allergy, vegetarian or vegan requirements.

Taking Artwork Home

How do I get my artwork home?
At the end of the programme all your work will be packaged for you to take home on the plane. Any oil paintings will be mailed to you later once they are dry. If you have been working digitally, we will supply memory sticks to transfer your work home.

Will you document my artwork?
Your work will be documented, posted in our online gallery and emailed to you for portfolio and college applications.