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GBP 14700 per total

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About Art Therapy at University of Derby

The course reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy. It will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice under supervision, as well as experience of group work, studio practice and a critical understanding of current theoretical ideas.

During the course you'll have a personal tutor who will monitor your overall progress. As well as the taught components of the course, you'll also need to engage in personal therapy for a minimum of one hour a week throughout the training; this is a requirement for professional registration. This can be either individual or group therapy, which is psychodynamic in orientation.

Professional registration

The course aims to enable you to become eligible to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC),as long as you meet theHCPC's requirements.

Attendance requirements

The course is deemed as full-time and requires you to fulfil the following attendance requirements:You will need to be available to attend the University from September to June for one day a week between the hours of 9am-7pm. This would currently be on either a Monday or Tuesday, depending upon which year you commenced the training. Your day of attendance at the University would remain the same throughout your training. The exceptions to this will be scheduled and timetabled Masterclasses which will take the form of up to 3 additional days in your first and second years. A block teaching week which takes place in September at the start of the second year of the course where you are invited to spend a week at the University developing ideas for your Independent Scholarship. At the end of your programme we will require you to be present during the dissemination of your research exhibition build.

Clinical placement

In addition to attendance at the University, you will also be required to undertake two periods of clinical placement. The first of these commences in January, during the first year of the course. This comprises attendance on placement for two days a week for 25 weeks. The days you attend placement are negotiated between you and the placement provider.The second period of placement runs throughout the second year of the course starting in September and requires two days a week attendance, for 35 weeks.

Develop your clinical and research skills

You will have the opportunity to further develop your research and clinical understanding through Theory and Research Modules in first and second year.

A fundamental part of the course is the Independent Scholarship, which will provide you with an opportunity to integrate your learning through conducting an arts based piece of research. This aims to assist you in developing your clinical reasoning and professional identity.

Examples of work

Explore our galleriesof MA Art Therapy at Derby, with images of the MA Art Therapy Exhibition 2017,Big Wood project,Independent Scholarship Exhibitions and studio spaces.

We're proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

"The studio facilities are of the highest standard I have seen."Kate Rothwell,Head of Arts Therapies for the Forensic Directorate of the East London Foundation NHS Trust

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

You will also need:

  • around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience which may 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.

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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 at the point of accepting a place at the University.

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