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Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy (L8, 10 ECTS)

Status: Register Your Interest (Sept-24)




12 Days


Art & Design

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional


Limerick, Clare Street

This programme mixes experiential with the theoretical in a venture that combines Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy. By using methods such as art-making, journaling and dream interpretation we engage creatively with psyche in a journey that promises to be both fascinating and educational.

Through experiential learning, the participant will get to know Jung’s model of the psyche, some post-Jungian developments and how to apply such insights in everyday life. For those in the healing professions, the programme should enrich and enliven their existing skills. The Jungian approach is also especially suited to those with an artistic streak and also for practicing artists seeking to discover new ways of creative working.

The programme is aimed at those interested in exploring psyche and creativity. It should also be of especial interest for those either in the arts and/or healing professions (psychotherapists, creative therapists, counsellors etc.). Note that a background in arts is not required.


  • Ability to apply an understanding of key concepts of Jung’s model of the psyche to oneself and within a group setting.

  • Appreciate art therapy processes and methods, based on experiential and context based learning.

  • Articulate creative, analytic and critical insight into personal process by means of written work such as an essay (that includes personal images), and in terms of online contributions.

  • Demonstrate literacy in image interpretation and critically discuss creative expression and art-making as healing, as applied to key Jungian concepts.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements: a primary degree in any discipline (mature applicants without a primary degree but with appropriate life experience, interest and ability may be considered). Candidates are required to complete an application form, submit a sample of writing and attend an interview. Closing date for applications will be the 12th June 2023. Please note that the maximum number of places is 19 and are offered on a first come first served basis to suitable applicants. Should the number of applications exceed available places a waiting list will be established (based on the date of receipt of the application) and places will then be offered in the event of cancellations/deferrals.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

This is a single module qualification as a 10 credit, level 8 certificate.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Students who complete this certificate may be interested in applying for our MA in Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination (Level 9, part time over 3 years). 

More Information

The Trainers

Trainers as agreed for 2023-2024, though subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Jungian Psychology and Art Therapy trainers include Benig Mauger, Aileen Young, Carol Cunningham, Ursula Shields-Huemer, Brendan Harding, Julie Aldridge, Lyn Mather and Mathew Mather.

Benig Mauger is a Jungian psychotherapist, a writer, lecturer and pioneer in pre and perinatal psychology. Benig is a frequent speaker at psychology conferences and her work has featured on TV and radio. She is author of a number of books, with her most recent is titled The Soul and the Sea: Essential Healing for Everyday Life (2023). She regularly leads workshops on soul healing, and has a psychotherapy practice. Aileen Young is a Jungian Analyst who works in private practice in north county Dublin. She has given lectures on Jungian topics on several courses in Dublin. Carol Cunningham is a Jungian Analyst, psychotherapist and supervisor with an academic background in music and musicology. Carol is also the current president of the Irish Society of Jungian Analysts. Ursula Shields-Huemer is a Jungian analyst, a psychotherapist and supervisor with a practice in Galway. Her academic background is in literature, cultural studies and history. She has lectured at Austrian, American and Irish universities. 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. Brendan is a surgeon and psychotherapist, specialising in Sandplay Therapy. He has presented his work on Sandplay Therapy at many international venues, and has a practice in Ballinasloe. 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) 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).


This is a 12 day programme. Course days take place on 6 Fridays and 6 Saturdays. Start time is 9:30am and end time is 5pm on all days. The course is scheduled to run from the end of September 2023 to the end of April 2024.

Outline for the academic year of 2023-2024 (subject to change)

Jung & Art Therapy (Lyn, Mathew) Fri 22/09/2023

Model of the Psyche (Brendan) Sat 23/09/2023

Persona, Shadow, Anima/Animus, Self (Aileen) Fri 13/10/2023

Art Therapy experiential day (Julie) Sat 14/10/2023

Dream & Image Interpretation I (Benig) Fri 15/12/2023

Dream & Image Interpretation II (Benig) Sat 16/12/2023

Synchronicity (Mathew) Fri 23/02/2024

Alchemy and Individuation (Mathew) Sat 24/02/2024

Fairy Tale Interpretation I (Ursula) Fri 22/03/2024

Fairy Tale Interpretation II (Carol) Sat 23/03/2024

Art & Psyche symposium (invited guests) Sat 20/04/2024

Presentations/seminar (Lyn, Mathew) Fri 26/04/2024

Instructor led art therapy sessions on most days from 9:30 – 11:15; feedback sessions 4:15 – 5pm. Five online evening sessions (typically recorded and shared), on selected evenings, from 7-9pm. Online also includes a discussion forum.

Note: contact days may be transferred to fully online in the event of difficult circumstances (for example, due to the pandemic or extreme weather events).

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study.

You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


Coursework includes art-making, journaling, reading, writing and presenting. Assessment will be based on an essay, online contributions and a presentation.


Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy (Special Purpose Award, Level 8, 10 Credits).

Application Deadline 

12th June 2023

For queries relating to the course content

Contact:  Mathew Mather


Course Fees

Course fee is €1,500. A course book and art materials will be provided.

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