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Art Therapy (MA)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Art,Art Therapy

  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time,Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

The course is available on a full time basis over two years (2 college days & 2 clinical placements days) or part time or ACCS mode over 3 years (1 college day & 1 clinical placement day).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants normally require:

  • A good understanding of therapeutic and professional working of Art Therapy and the implications of working as a therapist.
  • An Honours degree, or equivalent, in Visual Art. Where graduate qualifications are not in the visual arts, for example, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work or Teaching, evidence of a substantial and developing body of current and recent art work is essential
  • Two satisfactory references from clinical and professional persons who have knowledge of the candidate’s education, training and experience
  • Pre-course experience in personal therapy or counselling is preferred:
    Minimum of one year, or equivalent, full-time clinical/care work in an area relevant to art therapy, paid or voluntary. This work may be, for example, in Health or Social Services, Special Education, Community Care or Day Centres, with clients who have a mental illness, learning or physical disability
  • Strong portfolio of personal artwork showing an understanding of an appropriate art form, the art-making process showing the applicants relationship and connection to their creative process

Early Assessment

Because of the clinical placement component of this course, it is a condition of entry that all successful applicants who gain a place on the course will be subject to the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) procedure.

Offers of a place on this programme will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of this Vetting Procedure.

Course summary

The CIT Crawford College of Art & Design offers an exciting post-graduate course in Art Therapy. The College is the first in Ireland to provide professional training in Art Therapy. Successful graduates receive the Master of Arts in Art Therapy, which is a recognised qualification for Art Therapy practice.


Arts in Health and Education

 This programme will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2018-2019 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


ECTS Credits: 90

Department of Arts in Health and Education, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Location:  46 Grand Parade, Cork

Course Fee 

EU Applicants: €7,950 + USI Levy*
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000 per year
For information on visa requirements, please visit

EU Applicants €2,650 per annum over three years.

*Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
​The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.


The training can be completed over either a full-time period of two years or ACCS (part-time mode) of three years.

Attendance of four days per week on the full-time course (two college days and two clinical placement days) and two days per week on the part-time/ACCS course (one college day and one clinical placement day).

In either case, students must complete all the mandatory modules.

In addition, eligible students may pursue an MA by research in the fields of Art Therapy or Community Arts.


This is a 90 credit modular course which on completion of the training allows individuals to then register with the professional body Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).


The programme aims to equip Art Therapy practitioners with a range of therapeutic skills and interventions to work with both individual and group clients in a range of health and community settings and follows three strands of learning:

  • Theoretical Studies - 25 Credits
    The theoretical foundation of art therapy is drawn from the history of art making, creativity and the psychotherapies. Models and approaches within the field of art therapy are discussed and debated within the framework of lecture and seminar series throughout the training. There is also an introduction to developmental psychology and psychiatry.
  • Experiential Art Therapy Training - 20 Credits
    Students will be able to integrate theory and practice through participation in Experiential Workshops, a Training Group and Studio Practice. This gives a forum for engagement in the art therapy process, self-exploration and continuing personal development and creativity.
  • Clinical Placement and Professional Studies - 45 Credits*
    Students are allocated clinical placements where they are encouraged to conceptualise their personal experiences and theoretical understanding in relationship to a variety of client groups.

    *Supervision of the clinical experience is central to the art therapy training and is provided in small groups at Crawford College and individually on placement. Students are encouraged to experience a number of differing placement situations over the course of their training. Please note that students must have their placements in a new setting and not at their workplace.
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Course Structure Full-Time 
No. of semesters 4
No. of weeks per semester 13
No. of timetable hours week 12hrs College &
12 hrs Clinical Placement
Which days  Variable
Assessment Continuous assessment
Timetabled Hours  9.00am – 5.30pm College 
9.00am – 5.00pm Clinical Placement


Master of Arts in Art Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.


For detailed module information, please click here.

Art therapists work in a wide variety of HSE and social care settings, including – adult and child psychiatry, education, palliative care, addiction services and community day centres. Many also work in private practice.

Professional Accreditation: On completion of the course graduates are eligible to register with the professional body Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).

Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €700 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Please download and complete this document and upload in the "supporting documentation" section of your online application:

  • Personal Therapy Experience
  • Art Therapy Experience
  • Employment Details 
  • Clinical Experience
  • Personal Statement about your wish to train as an Art Therapist
  • Statement of your understanding of ‘What is Art Therapy?’
  • Include up to 6 images showing a small representative selection of your own artwork in any medium with this application.
  • Include a passport size photograph with your online application.


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Ms Louise Foott
T: 021 4335256