Description

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 artwork, 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’re required to be in personal therapy throughout the programme (please note that this is at your own cost).

Study Details:

MA 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time

Module Details:

The MA in Art Psychotherapy is a course that leads to successful applicants becoming eligible to apply for registration as an Arts Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the body which regulates and monitors standards of practice in the public sector. The programme can be studied in two modes – full-time for 2 years or part-time for 3 years. A clear indication of the mode chosen should be stated on application forms.

Student Destinations

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.

Fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £8640 Home/EU - part-time: £5760 International - full-time: £18900

Entry Requirements

You’ll need:

  • at least one year’s full-time, or the equivalent in part-time hours, 1,500 hours’ relevant work experience.
  • an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in visual arts/design, or in a related/relevant area, or a professional qualification.
  • an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service. There is a fee to apply for a disclosure certificate. Further information about payment is sent with the offer of a place.
  • to disclose any criminal record, disciplinary record, significant periods of time off work and significant health problems in writing after interview

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