Art Psychotherapy MA

Course Introduction

Summary

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 Professions 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.

Career options

Graduates go on to work as art therapists in fields including healthcare, education, adult mental health and the third sector. They work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,305 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,165 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,305 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,850 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,600 Overseas Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,850 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants will normally be required to hold a good degree (second class and above), usually in arts and design. Other disciplines such as psychology, teaching, nursing, the humanities, and graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Occupational Therapy and Social Work are also considered. Applicants should demonstrate a maturity of personality and self-awareness compatible with training as a therapist. Applicants need an appropriate degree of psychological mindedness including the capacity to form and maintain appropriate empathic relationships with clients. You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants will normally be required to hold a good degree (second class and above), usually in arts and design. Other disciplines such as psychology, teaching, nursing, the humanities, and graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Occupational Therapy and Social Work are also considered. Applicants should demonstrate a maturity of personality and self-awareness compatible with training as a therapist. Applicants need an appropriate degree of psychological mindedness including the capacity to form and maintain appropriate empathic relationships with clients. You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. English Language Qualifications approved as Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for immigration purposes: IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band. TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall: 89; Reading: 18; Writing: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 20. Pearson Test of English: 59 overall with no less than 51 in any band.