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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.

On completion of this 90 credit modular course, individuals can register with the professional body, Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).

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:

• A limited number of places are available to non-standard applicants.

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 carried out by the NVB facilitator at CIT. Offers of a place on this programme will be provisional and contingent on the applicant's satisfactory completion of CIT's NVB procedure. Visit


Full-Time: 2 Years (4 Semesters, September to May).
Part-Time: 3 Years (6 Semesters, September to May).

Full-time & Part-time
No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours per week:
12hours College & 12hours Clinical Placement
Which days: Variable
Duration: 4 semesters

The training can be completed either as a full-time two years or part-time over 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 course (one college day and one clinical placement day).

Number of credits

M.A.: 90 ECTS

Further enquiries

Gráinne Young
Department of Arts in Health and Education
T: +353 (0)21 433 5220

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

Art Therapy History & Theory
Placement Context Preparation
Group & Personal Process
Introductory Placement

Clinical Theory & Research
Experiential Frameworks
Clinical Placement Support

Group Elective 1
Clinical Practice (10 ECTS)

Group Elective 2
Professional Practice
Clinical Placement

Experiential Contexts
Art Therapy Research Proposal
Advanced Supervision

Group Elective 1
Advanced Clinical Placement (10 ECTS)

Group Elective 2
Practice Formulation
Advanced Clinical Practice

Art Therapy Research Project (10 ECTS)
Practice Evaluation
Reflective Approaches


Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, 46 Grand Parade, Cork City.

Application date

EU Applicants: Apply online at
Closing date: 30th April 2020

Non-EU Applicants:
Application closing date: 30th April

Course fee

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

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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