University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

The University of Roehampton is the only institution in the United Kingdom offering training in all of the arts and play therapies. This includes dramatherapy, dance movement psychotherapy, music therapy and play therapy. Art psychotherapists work with a range of patients and clinical settings. This includes working with children and adolescents, people with mental illness, people with learning difficulties, the elderly, and people who have experienced trauma. This course will equip you with the skills, experience and confidence to work as an art psychotherapist in challenging but rewarding environments. The syllabus includes theoretical perspectives within a depth psychology framework, workshops and a training group as well as supervised clinical placements. Opportunities for further development of your identity as an artist are both valued and fostered.

Course Additional Entry

All eligible applicants to the programme will be interviewed/auditioned by the programme convener with programme staff. Selection will be based on the following admissions criteria: Applicants will normally be required to hold a first degree at Honours level; in most cases this will be in a modality specific discipline or a clinically related discipline such as psychology, mental health (psychiatric) nursing, or social work etc; graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as visual art, drama, performing arts, occupational therapy, probation officers or social work, etc. are also accepted; applicants will be expected to have appropriate clinical experience of having worked within a setting and with clients relevant to the programme; this might include working with children with behavioural or developmental challenges, learning difficulties, adult mental health, elderly, homelessness etc.; this work can either be done on a voluntary or employed basis; it is expected that applicants will have extensive experience either having worked professionally or having practiced extensively within their specific arts modality; applicants will need to present a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating a high degree of competency and fluidity of expression within their visual medium to be assessed at interview; applicants should demonstrate a maturity of personality and self'awareness compatible with training as a therapist; applicants need an appropriate degree of psychological mindfulness including the capacity to form and maintain appropriate empathic relationships with clients; they should also demonstrate emotional literacy, robustness and an ability to be self'reflective; applicants need to evidence that they can meet the academic demands of a Master's degree and will be required to prepare and submit a brief written report to support their application; applicants whose 1st language is not English will need to provide evidence that they can achieve an IELTS score of 7, with no element below 6.5 at point of graduation; applicants will be required to supply the names of two referees, normally one of these should be able to comment on the applicant's academic suitability and the other the applicant's clinical suitability for the programme; in addition to these requirements, all students must be prepared to enter mandatory on'going personal therapy for the duration of the programme; such therapy can be individual or group and students should attend no fewer than 30 regular sessions within any academic year; payment for therapy is separate to course fees; all successful applicants will need to complete an enhanced disclosure and barring (DBS) check; full details of entry criteria, application and interview processes, along with details of DBS checks, personal therapy and fees are disseminated at open and introductory days, interview as well as being available on the Roehampton website and in information packs; equality and diversity information is logged within the application form and compiled data is sent to HESA for consideration; student services confidentially contact successful applicants who have a stated disability on their application form, to explore what provisions can be made to support their learning; in some instances prior learning will be accredited should this be successfully mapped against the learning outcomes for a particular module; only wholly completed modules with a formal transcript of achievement from another HCPC approved training will be considered for APL; the successful completion of art psychotherapy, dramatherapy or music therapy programmes would make students eligible to apply for registration with HCPC.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,700 ???abroad???
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,540 ???home???
3 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)