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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:

    30th April

Full-time 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:

To be eligible for consideration to undertake a programme of study for a Master’s Degree, a candidate must have obtained a standard of at least Second Class Honours in an approved primary degree or equivalent. Applicants are also requirement to present an art portfolio and to have at least one year’s experience of working in a care/ clinical setting.

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 a Garda Clearance procedure carried out by the Garda Clearance facilitator at CIT.

Department(s): CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Location:  Sullivans Quay Campus Cork

Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Professional Accreditation: On completion of the course students are eligible to register with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists

ECTS Credits: 90


Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education

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.

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).

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

To be eligible for the course, candidates normally require an honours degree in Art & Design or Fine Art, but teachers and honours graduates from the medical and social sciences (nurses, social workers and psychologists, for example), are also considered. A small number of non-graduates are also considered if they have extensive prior clinical experience. All candidates must present a strong portfolio of personal art work and have a minimum of one year’s clinical experience within a relevant area.

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

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The course 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.

Course Structure Full Time: 

No. of semesters:                     4
No. of weeks per semester:    13
No. of timetable hour’s week: 12hrs College & 12 hrs Clinical Placement
Which days:                              Mon/ Tue/ Wed

Assessment: Continuous assessment

Timetable Hours:  9.00am – 5.30pm college, 9.00am – 5.00pm Placement

Course Fee: 
EU Applicants: €7,560
Non EU Applicants: Please email

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link: Masters of Art in Art Therapy

Applications may be made at any time during the academic year (September - June). Since the application procedure has multiple stages involving departmental, college and Institute review stages applicants are advised to allow approximately 3 months for processing.

MA Application Form

MA Application Guidance Form

Confidential Statement by Referee


Mr Ed Kuczaj
021 4335246