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The award
MA

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14700 per total

All study options

About Art Therapy at University of Derby

  • 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

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.

Study options for this course

  • 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 study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesGBP 14700 per total

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).

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