Art Psychotherapy MA, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
This programme aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective practice of Art Therapy, to enhance your selfknowledge and interpersonal relationships, to promote your psychological understanding of individuals and groups and to examine the role of Art Psychotherapy within multidisciplinary teams.


The MA enables you to practise as an Art Therapist with adults or children in the National Health Service, Social Services and Educational establishments, and to become a practitioner registered with the British Association of Art Therapists and to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
Your study will involve:

  • Practical experience of Art Psychotherapy practice in a clinical placement for 120 days. This is supervised in College and on placement.
  • Experiential work including art practice and small and large Art Psychotherapy groups.
  • Theoretical studies that draw on Art Therapy theory, art theory, psychotherapy and
  • psychoanalysis, group theory, systems theory, and organisational dynamics.
  • By the end of the programme you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the multiplicity of skills necessary to the clinical practice of Art Psychotherapy that ensures safe and independent practice with any client population.
  • Show an understanding of the theories that inform Art Psychotherapy practice, demonstrate professional conduct and convey a knowledge of the cultural, social, political and historical context of the profession.

The MA in Art Psychotherapy qualifies you to practise and enables you to apply to be a Registered Arts Therapist. Students who are awarded the MA can register as Art Therapists without any further study or supervision. You can study the MA in two modes; full-time for 2 years or part-time for 3 years. You should state clearly which mode you wish to apply for on the application form.
The part-time programme allows you to continue with some paid work. However, this paid work cannot be used as a training placement. Placements will be arranged for part-time students in the same way as they are for full-time students. 

We regret the programme is not available by module-based study and correspondence study or distance learning because a large proportion of the programme is based upon experiential learning in groups. However, if you are living outside London, it may be possible to arrange the clinical placement part of the programme in other areas, if local supervision is available.

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into two parts. Part One gives you the cognitive, experiential and practical understanding of the theory and practice of Art Psychotherapy. Part Two enables you to develop your theoretical understanding and clinical practice and enhances your awareness of Evidence-Based Practice and research, leading to the award of the MA.

The MA is based on an experiential model in which you are expected to take responsibility for your learning, development and assessment in collaboration with tutors. It is mainly taught in groups so that you learn about the relationship of theory to clinical practice, interpersonal relationships and the therapeutic role of visual art-making from a live experience. The programme has three aspects: coursework,which includes lectures, seminars, experiential Art Psychotherapy groups, supervision and tutorials; clinical placement; and two assessed pieces of written work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


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Academic Requirements

You should have: an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in visual arts, or a degree in an allied area, or a professional qualification; a portfolio of art work showing evidence of a longstanding commitment to your own art practice; experience of work in health, social services or education (equivalent to at least 1,500 hours); experience of personal therapy (ideally).

Your application will only be considered if it includes detailed information about your relevant work experience to show that you have at least 1,500 hours' experience. Your art portfolio should be uploaded electronically as part of your main application.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17810 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    7890 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7890 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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3-year option: 

  • UK/EU - £5259
  • Overseas - £11450

Living costs for London

  • 1000 - 2600 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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