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Art Therapy (MA)

  • Course Code

    CR_ATHPY_9

  • Field of Study

    Art,Art Therapy

  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    MA

  • Type of Study:

    Full time,Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    31st May 2015

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:

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.

Applicants normally require:

  • A basic understanding of Art Therapy
  •  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 counseling 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 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.

Department(s)

Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education

ECTS Credits: 90

Course Fee 

Full-Time
EU Applicants: €7,560
Non EU Applicants: €11,250
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Part-time students: Please email fees@cit.ie

 

Department of Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Location:  Sullivans Quay Campus Cork

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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.

Accreditation

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 Arts Therapies in Ireland, IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists).

Aims

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 conceptualize 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.

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.

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.

Relevant Links

http://www.artincontext.eu   

http://ww.iacat.ie

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


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).

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 graduates are eligible to register with the professional body for the Creative Arts Therapies in Ireland, IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists).

Further Studies: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Applications are now closed for September 2015


  • 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 upload the following additional documentation with your application:

    ► Personal Therapy Experience

    Art Therapy Experience - Please list details of workshops/ lectures you have participated in.

    Employment Details - Give details of employment and professional experience.  Please account for all years.  

    Clinical Experience
    Applicants to the MA in Art Therapy must have completed at least one year of full-time or the equivalent in part-time employment in a clinical setting.

    This may include special education or youth and community work, for example, as well as work in general Health/ Social Care settings.
     

    Setting(s)/type of client(s)/
    post held/level of responsibility
    Dates from:  Dates to: FT/PT  Hrs/days
    per week


    Personal Statement about your wish to train as an Art Therapist.
    Within this statement please indicate your experiences that have led you to your decision to train as a therapist e.g. personal therapy experiences, mental health and family experiences etc. Please consider the support structures that you have and will need during the training.

    Statement of your understanding of ‘What is Art Therapy?’
    Please refer to art therapy literature, your own experience of Art Therapy and your own art making experience in relation to your understanding of Art Therapy at this point in time.

    ► Please include up to 6 images showing a small representative selection of your own artwork in any medium with this application

Full-time Applicants:
Part-time/ACCS Applicants:

Mr Ed Kuczaj
ed.kuczaj@cit.ie
T: 021 4335246