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

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Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

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.


This module introduces students to the art therapy skills needed to practice effectively with issues of culture, race, gender, sexuality, class and disability. Placement learning, over 24 days throughout the academic year, is an integral part of the module and focusses on intersectionality and difference in art therapy. Whilst on placement students will typically begin to learn how to adapt art therapy practice to meet differing needs and how to work in partnership with service users. Teaching on this module will frequently involve the use of art making as an aid to reflection and learning. Students will be encouraged to be active learners, and a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops will aid the integration of theory and practice.

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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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