Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will provide you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of art psychotherapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work.

It enables you to practice as an art therapist in the NHS, Social Services, and educational establishments, and to become a practitioner registered with the British Association of Art Therapists and eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Your learning is underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy practised within the context of mental health care, and informed by contemporary art practice.

Via theoretical studies, clinical work and experiential learning you will integrate cognitive understanding and practical experience with a developing awareness of self and other. The nature of the therapeutic relationship between client, their art work, and the art therapist is explored, and you have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through two 60'day placements which are supervised and supported in'depth.

You are encouraged to develop your own art practice and to situate your work in relationship to your development as a therapist, to contemporary art practice and to psychoanalytic theories. You must be in personal therapy throughout the programme.

Course Modules

Modules: Theory and Practice of Art Psychotherapy 1; Experiential Learning 1; Clinical Placement 1; Theory and Practice of Art Psychotherapy 2; Experiential Learning 2; Clinical Placement 2.

Personal therapy

It's a mandatory aspect of the course that all students must be in personal therapy for the duration of their training. It is usual for therapists to expect attendance throughout the calendar year except for usual holiday breaks; this may entail attendance outside term time.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £8,130 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £17,800 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA £5,420 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA £11,890 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You should have at least one year's full-time, or the equivalent in part-time hours, 1,500 hours' relevant work experience prior to application.
  • You should also have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in visual arts/design, or in a related/relevant area, or a professional qualification. Art graduates may come from any area of the visual arts, including applied crafts. We accept graduates who may have studied a combined subject degree course such as art/psychology or art/sociology as long as they are not entirely theoretically based, but contain a substantial amount of actual studio practice. Examples of other approved subjects could be psychology, social science, and social anthropology - generally, subjects that are concerned with human behaviour, development and relationships. Such non-art graduates must demonstrate a long-standing commitment to and ability to practice in some form of visual art. With this in mind, if you're a non-art graduate you must send photographs or slides of a representative selection of personal artwork with your application. If you are offered a place you will need to fulfill the fitness to train criteria and undertake personal therapy whilst on the programme.