The Master of Arts in Art Therapy is a 2 year 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 qualification for Art Therapy practice.
ECTS Credits: 90
Department of Arts in Health and Education, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
Location: 46 Grand Parade, Cork
EU Applicants: €3,975 per annum or €7,950 in total + USI Levy*
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000 in total.
For information on visa requirements, please visit http://international.cit.ie
EU Applicants €2,650 per annum over three years.
*Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.
Students on the full time programme are eligible to apply to SUSI for a grant. Grants are awarded for each academic year (i.e. September - June)
The training can be completed over either a full-time period of two years (4 semesters) or part-time over three years (6 semesters).
Attendance is 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).
On completion of this 90 credit modular course, individuals can register with the professional body, Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).
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. It follows three strands of learning:
- Theoretical Studies - 25 CreditsThe theoretical foundation of art therapy is drawn from the history of art making, creativity and the psychotherapies. Models and approaches within the field of art therapy are discussed and debated within the framework of lecture and seminar series throughout the training. There is also an introduction to developmental psychology and psychiatry.
- Experiential Art Therapy Training - 20 Credits
Students will be able to integrate theory and practice through participation in Experiential Workshops, a Training Group and Studio Practice. This gives a forum for engagement in the art therapy process, self-exploration and continuing personal development and creativity.
- Clinical Placement and Professional Studies - 45 Credits*
Students are allocated clinical placements where they are encouraged to conceptualise their personal experiences and theoretical understanding in relationship to a variety of client groups.
*Supervision of the clinical experience is central to the art therapy training and is provided in small groups on college days 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.
Course Structure Full-Time
|No. of semesters
|No. of weeks per semester
|No. of timetable hours week
||12hrs College &
12 hrs Clinical Placement
||9.00am – 5.30pm College
9.00am – 5.00pm Clinical Placement
Master of Arts in Art Therapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).