University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

This course is designed for experienced artists and professionals who have worked within a clinical setting and would like to build a rewarding career as an art psychotherapist.

You will be taught by leading experts who will equip you with the skills, experience, and confidence to work as an art psychotherapist in challenging, yet rewarding environments. Our graduating students are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Registered practitioners work in a variety of different settings including psychiatric hospitals, social services departments, special education, prisons and the voluntary sector.

Our comprehensive programme is divided into three areas covering theory, experiential learning and work placement experience. The theoretical aspect covers child developmental and psychodynamic principles alongside art therapy theory and Jungian analytical psychology. This perspective is located within the larger field of analytical psychotherapy and provides you with an in'depth theoretical underpinning that informs clinical practice.

A vital part of the programme is a supervised clinical placement which allows you to complete one hundred mandatory days of practice during your training. Placements are available in a variety of settings that include mental health (both in the NHS and other psychiatric hospitals and day centres), disabilities services or in hospitals or social services, special education, or a range of other settings.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £6,672 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £9,024 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA £556 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA £752 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • •Applicants need to demonstrate a maturity of personality and self awareness compatible with training as a therapist.
  • •A good second-class honours degree (or above) in art and design or a closely related discipline (or) other relevant degree such as psychology, teaching or psychiatric nursing etc.
  • •All candidates must present a portfolio of their art work at interview. The art portfolio should demonstrate the applicant's exploration of self through the art making process. All the plastic arts and electronic media are welcome at the interview. The brief for the portfolio is deliberately vague for applicants to bring their own understanding of what it means to be a practising artist. The portfolio should demonstrate a strong comment to their artistic practice along with a fluidity of self expression within a variety of mediums. International candidates are asked to up-load photographs of their portfolios on either Facebook or Flickr and to include the link with their application.
  • •Experience of working within a setting and with clients relevant to the programme. This might include working with children with behaviour or developmental challenges, learning difficulties, adult mental health, elderly, homelessness etc. This work can either be done on a voluntary or employed basis.