About this program
MA Art Therapy
- The course is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and recognised by the British Association of Art Therapists.
- Graduate with the eligibility to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.
- Become eligible to apply for full membership of the British Association of Art Therapists.
- Gain first-hand, practical experience of clinical art therapy practice.
- Develop your clinical reasoning and professional identity, and integrate your learning from all areas of the course through Independent Scholarship
- See some examples of the imagery our students created as part of their independent scholarship that formed the MA Art Therapy Exhibition 2020; and imagery from our MA in Art Therapy annual environment sculpture project - Big Wood.
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To apply for this course you are required to have completed an undergraduate degree, either:
- BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing
- a degree in the visual arts, or
- an undergraduate degree in other related areas, such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, and nursing and have a sound current folio of artwork, or
- an equivalent professional qualification and extensive experience in a related field.
You will also need:
- around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant experience which may include paid or voluntary work and experience gained through caring responsibilities in your personal life
- to be able to show you've got sufficient life experience and emotional maturity, as well as having the intellectual capacity, to cope with the demands of the course
- if your first language is not English, you'll need to have achieved an IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent with no element below 6.0, as stipulated by the HCPC at the point of application.
Experience of having undergone personal therapy is desirable (though not essential).
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- Art Therapy Studio Practice
- Art Therapies Theory and Research in Relation to Practice One
- Art Therapy Clinical Placement One
- Art Therapy Experiential Group
- Art Therapies Theory and Research in Relation to Practice Two
- Art Therapy Clinical Placement Two
- Art Therapies Independent Scholarship: A Body of Work
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
How you will learn
Real world learning is incorporated within the course through the requirement to undertake two clinical placement modules. These require you to complete 120 days of supervised clinical practice during the training. The course also offers opportunities to learn from guest lecturers.
Assessments are practical, oral and written - there are no exams. Usually, assessment is through either written assignments, the production of artwork, oral presentations or reports based on performance in the clinical setting. You'll receive clear guidelines at the start of each module, about how you'll be assessed in that module.
The program team is currently delivered by the following staff members and may be subject to changes.
- UK - £950 per 20 credits
- International - £14,700 for the full course
The course can lead you to a career in areas such as mental health, education, the prison service, social services and the voluntary sector, as well as in private practice (following gaining additional post training clinical experience), and increasingly, in business.
If you successfully complete the Masters degree in Art Therapy, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an art therapist or art psychotherapist, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements, and also for full membership of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
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