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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:

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree, or equivalent. 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 and use of a broad range of materials
  • 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 useful
  • Maturity and life experience are seen as valuable assets for training
  • Willingness to enter weekly personal therapy, which is mandatory, for the duration of training
  • An understanding of the implications of becoming a therapist and a willingness to further self-exploration and development

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.


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.


Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education

Course Fee 

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


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.

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


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.


This is a 90 credit modular course which on completion of the training allows individuals to then register with the professional body for the Creative Therapies in Ireland, IACAT (Irish 

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

What Does the Training Entail?

  • 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)
  • Personal Therapy
  • Theoretical, Experiential and Clinical components comprising:

Theoretical Studies

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

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 

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  Mon/ Tue/ Wed
Assessment Continuous assessment
Timetable Hours  9.00am – 5.30pm College 
9.00am – 5.00pm Clinical Placement


Department of Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Location:  Sullivans Quay Campus Cork


ECTS Credits: 90




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

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 students are eligible to register with the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists.

Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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