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Art Therapy

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 and follows three strands of learning:
• Theoretical Studies (25 Credits)
• Experiential Art Therapy Training (20 Credits)
• Clinical Placement and Professional Studies (45 Credits)

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.

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.

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 a Garda Clearance procedure.

This is a 90 credit modular course which on completion of the training allows individuals to then register with the professional body for the Creative Arts Therapies in Ireland, IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists).

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements Applicants normally require:
• A good understanding of therapeutic and professional working of Art Therapy and the implications of working as a therapist.

• 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

• Two satisfactory references from clinical and professional persons who have knowledge of the candidate’s education, training and experience

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

• 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.


Duration & Delivery
2 years full-time/3 years ACCS/part-time.

This is a 90 credit modular course which on completion of the training allows individuals to then register with the professional body Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).

The training can be completed over either a full-time period of two years or ACCS (part-time mode) of three years.

Attendance of 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/ACCS course (one college day and one clinical placement day).

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Ed Kuczaj
Department of Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education
T: +353 21 433 5246

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.
Semester 1
• Clinical Placement Prep/ Sup 1
• Art Therapy Experiential Learning 1
• Art Therapy History & Theory 1
• Clinical Placement 1 (10 credits)

Semester 2
• Art Therapy Theory & Research2
• Art Therapy Experiential Learning 2
• Clinical Placement Support 2
• Clinical Placement 2 (10 credits)

Semester 3
• Art Therapy Experiential Learning and Studio Practice 3
• Art Therapy Theory & Res 3
• Clinical Placement Support 3
• Clinical Placement 3 (10 credits)

Semester 4
• Art Therapy Theoretical Studies 4 (10 ECTS)
• Clinical Placement 4
• Art Therapy Experiential Learning 4


Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sullivan’s Quay Campus, Cork City.

Application date

Closing date: 20th May 2017

Course fee

Full time: EU Applicants €7,950
Non EU Applicants €12,000

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