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2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Therapy

Course type


Course Summary


This programme will offer you the advanced skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to a wide range of health needs across physical, mental health and community sectors as an art psychotherapist. As a graduating student you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (link here). The MA Art Psychotherapy programme is provided in partnership with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and this means work placement experience is at the core of this programme.

The MA qualification is approved by the HCPC and you will gain experience of working in health contexts, including the NHS and third sector. This qualification aligns with Healthcare Employers strategic objectives and goals related to workforce planning and the strategic aims set out by NHS England and local NHS Trusts to have closer working relationships with the third sector.

Careers and your future

We use an array of teaching and learning strategies on the MA, including group lectures, role-play, workshops, experiential learning (e.g. dynamic group art therapy work), tutorials, writing and arts-based learning experiences. Lecturers will introduce conceptual material and we will direct learners to explore this in relation to arts therapies, either individually or in collaboration with peers.

The seminars and practical workshop sessions will provide smaller group contact and the opportunity to practice, review, discuss and debate the practice and theory, knowledge and understanding of evidence informed Art Psychotherapy. The sessions sometimes will require learners to make non-assessed presentations to the peer group and the tutor, either individually or as part of a team making use, where appropriate of ICT.

Individual and small group assignments and presentations build critical awareness and give opportunities to explore and develop the practical implications of theory. Dissertation research will give learners the opportunity to integrate knowledge about pertinent clinical advances, and to familiarise learners with the rigours of independent investigative work.


You will learn how to demonstrate expert competence in the use of image making and verbal skills to facilitate a therapeutic process informed by evidence and theory. You will also be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of factors that influence therapeutic change and how image making can be used to facilitate therapeutic outcomes.

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Entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a visual arts degree or in a discipline related to the programme such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, or nursing.

University information

Based in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of west London, Brunel University London offers over 100 specialist postgraduate courses, available to study both full-time and part-time. Nearly 18,000 students are enrolled at Brunel, with over 6,700 of those studying at postgraduate level. Brunel is comprised of three colleges: Business, Arts & Social Sciences Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences Health & Life Sciences It also has five...more