Art Psyche & the Creative Imagination - Clare Street

MA in Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination is a three-year part time, blended mode MA programme envisioned to offer a transformative learning environment that aims to enrich personal, social and cultural life contexts by exploring the interface between art and psyche and by cultivating a practice of the creative imagination. This is an interdisciplinary programme with an emphasis on depth psychology, informed by the arts and underpinned by the processes of creative imagination. Throughout the programme, students will 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. This course 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.

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

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum Entry Requirements

All candidates must fill out an application form with relevant documentation. Application forms are available from the Admissions Office in LIT and are also available online on this page for download. Places will be offered on receipt of application form so please apply as early as possible. First call for applications will close on Monday 12 July 2021. Final closing date for applications, subject to places still being available, is Monday 6th September 2021.

Candidates need to fulfill the following admission criteria:

(a) A minimum 2.2 honours degree (Level 8) in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences; or (b) A minimum 2.2 honours degree (Level 8) in an area outside the fields mentioned above, but with evidence of strong interest, experience and ability in the area, as determined during the interview; or (c) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered, but with evidence of strong interest, experience and ability in the area, as determined during the interview.

Existing graduates of the Pilot Certificate: Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination (20 ECTS credits) will automatically qualify to progress.

All qualified candidates will be interviewed either in person or online (such as via MS Teams or Zoom) in order to assess their interest in the area, suitability and psychological readiness.

Successful completion of the Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy (Level 8) may count favourably for suitability.

Candidates will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Stage 3 of the programme may require ethical approval as well as Garda vetting.

International Applicants
International students must evidence a proficiency in English language (IELTS 6.0).

Non-EU applicants should apply directly to the International Office at LIT allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September should be made by July 1st at the latest.


Application dates

Application Deadline: 6th September 2019.

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.




3 years part-time

Delivery of the MA in Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination
Each of the three years typically involves between 12 to 14 contact days, as well as one evening per week for online engagement. Contact days are mostly scheduled for Friday and Saturday combinations, to facilitate commuting and international students.

Online delivery is done using a platform such as MS Teams or Zoom, and is mostly in the format of a 'live' online classroom. These are recorded, in the event students have a time clash, and uploaded to the learning platform. The online learning platform (currently Moodle) is used to facilitate discussion forums, sharing of resources, and to sequence course content during the academic year.

A student-led social media space (currently, we use MeWe) is also used to facilitate informal collaborations and sharing.

LOCATION Clare Street



Enrolment dates

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.

This course is now full to capacity, please contact us at to be added to the waiting list.

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What are the career prospects?
This MA acts as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course. Its purpose is to augment professional practice and also aids personal development, according to the life context of the participant. Completion of the programme would enhance employability prospects in a range of disciplines, with emphasis on the healing and care professions, the arts and the creative industries. The programme would enable participants to devise and create offerings within their own area of interest or specialization that could be delivered within their own professions, communities or interest groups. There is also considerable scope to act or collaborate with a range of culture-providers in one form or another to fulfil a role of adding to cultural discourse and creativity.

Are there opportunities for further study?
Graduates from the MA in Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination will be able to continue studies by means of progression to a PhD.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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