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. The Masters 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. 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. The MA will develop skills including: the ability to work with a range of client populations; an understanding of psychodynamic concepts; development of your own art practice; Completion of the programme provides eligibility for the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as an art psychotherapist. Our graduates are invariably seen as offering a valuable and unique service to their clients and to the multidisciplinary teams in which they work - graduates have gone on to practice as art psychotherapists in the NHS, social services and in the education sector. We regularly receive positive feedback from organisations that employ art therapists and/or accept trainees on placement.

Start Date:

2019-OCT-01. 2019-OCT-01.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,380 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,380 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,340 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,590 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,590 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £5,590 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should be an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in visual arts/design, or in a related/relevant area, or a professional qualification. Students should have at least one year's full-time, or the equivalent in part-time hours, 1,500 hours' relevant work experience. 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 they are a non-art graduate students must upload a digital portfolio of a representative selection of personal artwork with their application.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5.
  • IELTS score: 7