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:

    31st August 2022

Course Duration:

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).

Course Summary

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.

Admission Requirements:

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

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 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.


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Course Information

ECTS Credits: 90


The course is offered by the MTU CCAD Department of Arts in Health and Education
Location:  46 Grand Parade, Cork


Course Fee 

EU Applicants: €3,975 per annum or €7,950 in total + USI Levy*
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000 in total.
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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.

Student Grants
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). Visit fees



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.


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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  Variable
Assessment Continuous assessment
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).


For detailed module information, please click here.

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.

  • Online application are open for course commencing 13 September 2022. 
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.


  • You can only apply to this course via the 'Apply Now >>' 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 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.


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: 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.


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