Art Therapy - Crawford College of Art & Design

MTU - Crawford College of Art & Design Cork

Art Therapy - Crawford College of Art & Design

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 variety of health and community settings. It follows three strands of learning:

• Theoretical Studies (25 Credits)
• Experiential Art Therapy Training (20 Credits)
• Clinical Placement and Professional Studies (45 Credits)*

* 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. Supervision of the clinical experience is central to the art therapy training and is provided in small groups at Crawford College and individually on placement.

Subjects taught

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Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants normally require:
• An Honours degree, or equivalent, in Visual Art. 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 therapeutic and professional working of Art Therapy and the implications of working as a therapist

• Pre-course experience in personal therapy or counselling is preferred

Early Assessment
Because of the clinical placement component of this course, it is a condition of entry that all successful applicants will be subject to the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) procedure carried out by the NVB facilitator at MTU. Offers of a place on this programme will be provisional and contingent on the applicant's satisfactory completion of MTU's NVB procedure.

Application dates

This course has an online application process.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview.

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.

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. 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.


M.A.: 90 ECTS


Duration & Delivery
Location: 46 Grand Parade.

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy is a 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 Art Therapy qualification which, on completion, allows individuals to register with the professional body, Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).

The course is delivered on a full time basis over two years (2 college days and 2 clinical placement days) or part-time over 3 years (1 college day and 1 clinical placement day).


EU Applicants: €7,950
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

Enrolment dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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Career Opportunities
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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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