Principles of Art Therapy (Foundation)
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32 August 2022
The programme offers an introduction to the core principles of Art Therapy – boundaries, the image, self-inquiry, process and the triangular relationship. Through experiential workshops, lectures and seminars, the course aims to provide a deeper understanding of the art therapy process. The course provides an opportunity to find out more about art therapy, exploring the history of Art Therapy and its theoretical underpinning through an extensive lecture programme. An opportunity is provided, through experiential workshops to experience and reflect on the process of Art Therapy within a group setting. Seminars, journaling and essay writing challenge participants to develop the practice of reflecting on their experiential learning and relating it to theory. For many, this introduction may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist, for others it may introduce them to a more sympathetic understanding of the role of art in rehabilitation and development work.
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview, with examples of their work, in order to ensure that there is a good match between their aspirations and the course.
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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 2022-2023 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. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students
Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy
Duration & Delivery
The course is run by the Department of Arts in Health & Education.
Location: 46 Grand Parade
One academic year. Part-time, once a month in 2-day blocks (Friday - Saturday) from October to April.
Course fee €1,450
The Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy (formerly the Art Therapy Foundation Course) is a Level 8 (10 ECTs credits on the National Framework of Qualifications) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. Through theory and experiential learning this course provides an opportunity to explore Art Therapy within a group setting.
The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the basic principles of Art Therapy. For many, this introduction may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist, for others it may introduce them to a more sympathetic understanding of the role of art in rehabilitation and development work.
Each month is focused on a core principle of art therapy. Students will participate in a lecture, experiential workshops and a seminar, exploring that principal with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through these workshops, lectures and seminars.
Upon successful completion of this programme the graduate will be able to demonstrate
- An understanding of the role of creativity as a therapeutic methodology
- An awareness of the core principles of the practice of art therapy
- Understanding and awareness of the variety of clinical areas where art therapy is practised
- Understanding of the theory of Art Therapy in practice through experiential workshops
- Ability to engage with and develop their own understanding of the creative process
Certificate in Principles of Art Therapy, 10 ECTS credits (Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
- 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. You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
- You can only apply to this course via the 'Apply Online >>' link button below, using a desktop, laptop, or tablet.
Online applications cannot be made on a smart phone.
On the online applications form, please fill in the text in the graphic box (bottom left corner of page) and also tick the box indicating that you accept MTU Cork's Online Terms & Conditions.
When all necessary sections have been completed, the Apply Now button is highlighted and the application can be made. Immediately a box comes up which states that your application has been made and notification sent to the email address provided.
- NB ► Please upload the following supporting documentation here with your application (relevant experience & reason for applying to this course and have you had experience of personal therapy).
- Entry to this course is by interview.
Thank you for applying for the Principles of Art Therapy Certificate course.
If you are applying after the 20th June, Catherine Phillips will contact you the first week of September to offer you an interview.