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The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in partnership with Creative Futures Academy is now  accepting applications for the Professional Diploma in Art and Health 2024 (Level 9 NFQ). This eight-week, blended course offers grounding in an art and health context and will connect participants with leading figures of practice.

The course runs from March – November 2024 (16 days in person over nine months), and is designed to fit around your time and needs with weekend and evening sessions.

Programme description 
The course will focus on the theoretical underpinnings, contemporary issues, topics and concepts relating to arts and health practice. You will investigate and critically reflect on the broad and creative approaches to art practice in health contexts identifying boundaries and the distinction between arts and health and Art Therapy.

You will critically reflect on the implementation of arts and health practices and develop and evidence a clear understanding of how policy can shape this work across sectors at a national and international level.

You will learn from leading practitioners in all areas of contemporary arts and health, experience arts and health in practice with Helium Arts and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), and benefit from immersion in an acute hospital setting, with a module at the Creative life Centre, MISA at St James’s Hospital.

Guest speakers include Emma Finucane (Programme Coordinator, NCAD), Mary Grehan (Public Art Curator, Children’s Health Ireland), Emma Eager (Project Coordinator,, visual artist John Conway, Roisin Nevin (Creative Life Coordinator, MISA Creative Life Hub, St James’s Hospital), artist Yvonne Cullivan (Helium’s Children’s Creative Health Programme Galway) and Bairbre Ann Harkin (Art & Ageing Curator, IMMA).


  • Module 1: Teaching – 4 days in person (4 Saturdays)
  • Module 2: Experiences (IMMA and Helium) – 4 days in person (2 weekends)
  • Module 3: Immersion at Creative Life MISA – 4 days in person (Monday – Thursday)
  • Module 4: Capstone – 4 days in person (4 Saturdays)

Who is this course for?
This course will be of interest to anyone who has studied or is currently working in an artistic or healthcare practice and wants to be part of an exciting space with emerging intersections and new career opportunities. This might include artists, arts and health practitioners/management, and scientists.

Information Webinar
NCAD will be hosting a webinar about this course on Monday 26 February at 4pm. Book here.

Deadline for applications 
1 March 2024



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