Art Therapy (MA)
Field of Study
Type of Course:
Type of Qualification:
Type of Study:
Full time,Part time
Application Closing Date:
30th April 2019
The course is delivered on a full time basis over two years (2 college days & 2 clinical placements days) or part time over 3 years (1 college day & 1 clinical placement day).
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy is a 2 year taught Masters providing professional training in Art Therapy. Through theoretical studies, experiential learning and clinical placement, students develop an understanding of the theories and practices of art therapy necessary for safe therapeutic work. The MA in Art Therapy is a recognised qualification for Art Therapy practice.
The MA Art Therapy welcomes applicants from a range of backgrounds. Applicants normally require:
- An Honours degree, or equivalent, in Visual Art or a relevant area. 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
- 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
- Two satisfactory references from clinical and professional persons who have knowledge of the candidate’s education, training and experience
- A good understanding of the therapeutic and professional working of Art Therapy and the implications of working as a therapist.
- Pre-course experience in personal therapy or counselling is recommended.
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.
Arts in Health and Education
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ECTS Credits: 90
Department of Arts in Health and Education, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Location: 46 Grand Parade, Cork
EU Applicants: €3,975 per annum or €7,950 in total + USI Levy*
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000 per year
For information on visa requirements, please visit http://international.cit.ie
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.
Students on the full time programme are eligible to apply to SUSI for a grant. Grants are awarded for each academic year (i.e. September - June)
The training can be completed over either a full-time period of two years (4 semesters) or part-time over three years (6 semesters).
Attendance is 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 course (one college day and one clinical placement day).
On completion of this 90 credit modular course, individuals can 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. It follows three strands of learning:
- Theoretical Studies - 25 CreditsThe 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 on college days 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.
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
|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).
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)
This course has an online application process.
Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Please upload the following supporting documentation with your application:
Download and complete this document including information about your:
- 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?’
- Up to 6 images showing a small representative selection of your own artwork in any medium, saved as a single PDF document (max file size: 15MB) Include relevant contextual information (material, dimensions, etc.)
- A passport style photograph (jpeg format)
Note: Please label each file clearly with your name and the word "statement", "Images" or "photo"
Please note that, if a place on a course is offered, applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €700 online. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.