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How long you will study

Domestic course fees
GBP 950 per module

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 14700 per total

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About Art Therapy at University of Derby

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 950 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14700 per total

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you are required to have completed an undergraduatedegree, either:

  • BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing
  • a degree in the visual arts, or
  • an undergraduatedegree in otherrelated areas, such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, and nursing and have a sound current folio of artwork.

You will also need:

  • around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience whichmay be voluntary work
  • 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 7.0 or equivalent with no element below 6.5, as stipulated by the HCPC at the point of application.

Experience of having undergone personal therapy is desirable (though not essential).

Application and interview

Your application should include a CV and one A4 sheet (maximum) outlining why you wish to complete the professional training and elaborating on what qualities and skills you feel you have to offer and the kind of ideas which presently inform your thinking about art therapy.

Typically applicants go through aselection and interview processthat usually includes attending an experiential workshop as well as a formal individual interview which includes a discussion of a portfolio of your artwork.

Interview information

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should demonstrate your current artwork created in the past year and offer 10 completed images and one sketchbook. The work needs to be your own personal work, i.e. not client work or work produced through the facilitation of others and, where possible, actual images need to be brought. If this is not possible then photographs will be accepted.

If you are an international student and you are required to send a portfolio with your application, please be aware that your portfolio will not be able to be returned. Digital portfolios will be accepted.

Limited places available

Currently, we are able to offer 16 places per academic year.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A large component of the course involves work with clients and therefore a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application is required atthe point of accepting a place at the University.

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