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Full time | University of Hertfordshire | 2 years | 27-SEP-23

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

Join a vocational course, comprising of campus and placement-based learning. We’ll teach you through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, to bring together theory and practice. We offer a stimulating learning environment, teaching through role play, visual art practice, peer participation and experiential group work.

You’ll complete 96 days of supervised placement learning to give you valuable experience in practicing art therapy in real-life settings. This experience will help guide you to become a mindful, relational and ethical art therapist.

Every step of the way, we’ll encourage you to be an active learner. To be creative. Art making lies at the heart of this course, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to develop strong practical skills. Plus, you’ll reflect on how to use your own art making as therapy practice.

Outside of the course, we’ll require you to explore your own therapeutic journey. To engage with personal therapy to gain self-awareness and to see the approaches used to facilitate honesty of expression.


When you graduate from MA Art Therapy, you’ll be eligible for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You’ll be qualified to practice in all settings, with all ages and client groups. These could include: the NHS, social services, the voluntary sector and mainstream education.

You could also establish a social enterprise within community, business, health or educational settings, drawing upon entrepreneurial skills taught throughout the course.


The Creative Economies module enables students to explore and engage with creative economies relevant to their individual practice. The module delivers a series of lectures and workshops examining creative economies. The taught sessions examine the social, political and economic dimension of creative practice across a range of professions and consider the transitional nature of creative economies. The module provides an opportunity for students to engage with people and environments, seeking an understanding of how their own practice may be located within these contexts, locally, nationally or globally.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have an Honours Degree or its equivalent in Visual Arts, the Humanities, Education or a related field.

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more

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