Art, Psyche & The Creative Imagination

This one-year programme is envisioned to offer a transformative learning environment that aims to enrich both personal and cultural life contexts by cultivating a practice of the Creative Imagination. Students learn to engage with the unconscious and experience different aspects of the psyche through dreams, imagery, and active imagination, utilising the arts to augment and inform their understanding.

It is ideal for creatives seeking fresh perspectives on their work, and who are interested in fostering a working relationship with the creative nature of the unconscious. It should also appeal to anyone in the healing professions, the creative industries, those with a practice in psychotherapeutic or counselling and, more generally, anyone interested in Art and Psyche. The ethos of the course is also informed by wisdom traditions, mythology and deep ecology responding to the challenges of our times.

The theoretical underpinning is largely informed by depth psychology, with an emphasis on analytical psychology. Context-based learning also allows for a deepening of the student's creative process for personal development purposes as well as other life contexts, including analytic, therapeutic, academic and artistic.

This course is in response to the popular Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy. It continues its approach of combining experiential with theoretical learning, and so promises to be both a fascinating and educational journey.

Note that a background in the arts or psychology is not required. The level 8 Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy is recommended though not a requirement.

Apply and evaluate key concepts and theories of depth psychology and analytical psychology to personal process and the visual arts, based on a combination of theoretical and experiential learning.

Apply and evaluate relevant concepts to the broader context of a cultural problematic such as inequality, injustice, climate change and the environmental crisis.

Engage in practices of the creative imagination through methods of active imagination, creative expression and image-making and to record such material through creative and reflective journaling.

Participate in group workshops and online social connectivity with integrity, empathy and respect for the confidentiality of peers.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a primary honours degree or equivalent. Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) will be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL policy. Candidates are required to submit an application form, submit a sample of writing and attend an interview. Any personal development work completed will be considered an advantage. Completion of the level 8 Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy is recommended but not a requirement. Acceptance on the course is based on a first-come-first serve basis to suitable applicants. First round interviews to take place on Friday 14th June 2019.

Note: subject to sufficient demand follow on modules are planned, with a view to achieving a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, and an MA.

Assessment Info

Coursework includes: creative and reflective journaling, online contribution to a discussion forum, self-directed research, creative assessment, supervision meetings, presentation and an essay/project.

Subjects taught

Outline for 2019-2020 (subject to change)
•Induction & The Creative Imagination (Lyn, Mathew, Martina) Fri 20/09/2019
•The Mythic Imagination (Lyn, Mathew, Martina) Sat 21/09/2019
•Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche I (Ursula) Fri 18/10/2019
•Structure & Dynamics of the Psyche II (Carol) Sat 19/10/2019
•Typology & Creativity (Steve) Sat 23/11/2019
•The Self and the Transcendent Function (Mathew) Fri 06/12/2019
•Symbols & Archetypes I (Julie) Fri 14/02/2020
•Symbols & Archetypes II (Aileen) Sat 15/02/2020
•Case Studies: Visual Arts (Mathew, Martina) Fri 20/03/2020
•Art & Psyche symposium (invited guests) Fri 17/04/2020
•Presentations/seminar I (Lyn, Mathew, Martina) Fri 15/05/2020
•Presentations/seminar II (Lyn, Mathew, Martina) Sat 16/05/2020




This is a part time certificate course requiring 12 course days across the academic year, on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as bi-weekly online engagement in the form of pre-recorded online lectures, experiential exercises, regular contributions to an online discussion forum, as well as eight supervisory meetings (four experiential and four theoretical) over the academic year.



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How To Apply:
1. Apply Online (Please see "Application Weblink below).

2. Email: Download and complete the Application Form from the course page and email to

3. By Post: Download and complete the Application Form from the course page and post to our Flexible Learning office in Moylish or Thurles.

4. In Person: Download and complete the Application Form from the course page and bring to our Flexible Learning office in Moylish or Thurles.

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