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ECArTE Full Member


Cork: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design


Course Title: MA Art Therapy

Duration: Two years full-time or three years part-time

Entry Requirements:

•  Honours degree or equivalent, in Visual Art or professional qualification. Where graduate qualifications are not in the visual arts, evidence of a substantial body of current and recent art work is essential

•  basic understanding of art therapy

•  two statements (included in application form) on the individuals understanding of the nature of art therapy and the reason for wanting to train as an art therapist

• two references

• minimum of one year’s clinical or care work, paid or voluntary

• portfolio of personal art work

• maturity and life experience

• willingness to enter personal therapy

• individual and group interview process
Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The MA in Art Therapy aims to offer prospective practitioners education and clinical skills to work with children through to adults, in a range of clinical settings and with clients/ service users who present a wide range of clinical needs. The approach used with the course has a psychodynamic influence and draws on models of therapy from Freud, Jung, Winnicott, and Object Relations Theory.

The course maintains a strong arts perspective and encourages students to explore the relationship of the arts to therapy through their ongoing studio work, as well as exploring the role played by the arts within health and social settings.

Course Content:

Theoretical Studies

The 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 and Studio Practice

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. Emphasis is given to the ongoing studio practice for students.


Clinical and Professional Practice

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 at Crawford College and individually on placement. Students are encouraged to experience a number of differing placement situations over the course of their training.


Qualification Awarded: MA in Art Therapy

Language: All modules are taught in English.

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Crawford College is open to and proactive in exploring ERASMUS opportunities for students.


Current Research:

Arts in Health project looking at the role and relationship of the artists to the art therapist about to be published – 2011

Research Collaboration:

Crawford College is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members.


Professional Association:

Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT)

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Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to register with IACAT in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by IACAT

Code of Ethics:

IACAT code of ethics


Contact details

Contact person: Ed Kuczaj

Head of Art Therapy & Continuing Visual Education


Postal address:

Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork, Ireland

Telephone number: 0035321 4335246

University website:

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