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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.


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.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

For Course Related Enquiries Contact:
Mathew Mather
Tel: 0504 28458

All other queries:
Department of Flexible Learning
Tel: 061 293802

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


Certificate Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination (Special Purpose Award Level 9, 20 ECTS credits)

Location: LSAD Clare Street Campus in Limerick

The Trainers (subject to change)

Trainers include Ursula Shields-Huemer, Carol Cunningham, Aileen Young, Julie Aldridge, Steve Myers, Martina Cleary, Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather.

Ursula is a Jungian analyst, a psychotherapist and supervisor with a private practice in Galway. Her academic background is in literature, cultural studies and history; she has lectured at Austrian, American and Irish universities. Carol Cunningham is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Co Kildare. With an academic background in music and musicology, she enjoys working and teaching with image and fairytales. Aileen Young is a Jungian Analyst who works in private practice in north county Dublin. She has given lectures on Jungian topics on several training courses in Dublin. She is the President of the Irish Society of Jungian Analysts. Julie is a practicing artist and art therapist and taught for a number of years on the Cork based MA in Art Therapy. She is influenced by archetypal and post-Jungian approaches to therapy. Julie is now a full time artist, and offers bespoke workshops. Steve Myers has a MA in Jungian and Post-Jungian studies, a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies, and is author of Myers-Briggs typology vs Jungian Individuation (Routledge 2019). He has also used typology in commercial applications since the early 1990s.Martina is a lens-based media artist and a lecturer at LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design). She completed a practice-based PhD in photographic research at The European Centre of Photographic Research e(CPR) Newport, and also holds an MFA in Painting, and an MA in Art and Education. She regularly exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Lyn has a background in art and arts facilitation and is a practicing art therapist. She utilizes Jungian theory in her approach to art therapy. Mathew (course director) is a lecturer at LSAD. He has a PhD in Jung and Alchemy from the University of Essex, and is author of The Alchemical Mercurius: esoteric symbol of Jung's life and works (Routledge 2014).

Assessment method

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

Application date

Application Deadline: 6th September 2019.

Course fee


Enrolment and start 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.

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