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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Art Therapy

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Open yourself up to a creative and personally rewarding new career on the only Art Psychotherapy MSc course in the UK. You can study full or part-time, and as graduate you’ll be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as an art psychotherapist.

The life-changing potential of therapy, the power of artistic expression and your desire for a more meaningful career all meet on this unique course. If you have at least one year’s experience in a caring profession such as psychiatry, education, social services or the voluntary sector, this course will help you build on your experience and develop new skills as an art psychotherapist. The MSc Art Psychotherapy is based in our School of Health Sciences and offers a stimulating learning environment with a practical focus.

Why QMU?

  • We have excellent partnerships with third sector organisations. You’ll benefit from excellent placement opportunities working with a variety of clients, in schools, the NHS, community settings and other organisations.
  • The course is proud to have an international perspective and welcomes students from across the world. It carries 240 credits/120 European Credits which are transferable across Europe.
  • You will graduate with the knowledge and practical confidence to start work as an art therapist thanks to the course’s strong research component.
  • Our campus has extensive landscaped grounds and we are developing an environmental element to our teaching, encouraging our students to connect with, and be inspired by, the natural world around us.

Course overview

The creation of art can have a profoundly positive effect on people with emotional, behavioural, mental health or physical problems. Art therapy is not a recreational activity (although the sessions can be enjoyable) but a form of psychotherapy that helps people address confusing and distressing issues.

As an art therapist you will work with clients to access their own image-making abilities. You could work with people of any age, from very small children to young people, adults and the elderly, helping them to use art media to express themselves and communicate. You may work with groups or individuals, depending on clients' needs.

You and your client will jointly explore the meaning of the process and image/art object in the light of personal experiences and/or interpersonal relationships that may sometimes be distressing or troubling. The aim is to facilitate the intra-personal and interpersonal communication of experiences that the client may initially find difficulty in discussing verbally. The art psychotherapist’s task is to support processes of emotional integration by providing a safe, reliable and containing therapeutic environment within which the client can create and use art making to develop insight and promote change.

Placements

You will undertake 110 days supervised practice placement. Full-time students attend practice placement two days per week. Placements are allocated by QMU. Placements will take place in various settings throughout Scotland, including education, voluntary and healthcare environments.

Careers

Art psychotherapists work with a wide range of clients and communities, individually or with groups, within the public and private sectors throughout the world. The course meets the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Art Therapists. Graduates work in a wide variety of different settings across the globe including health, education and the voluntary sector.

Different course options

Full time | Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh | 2 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

Pre-registration Research Methods (30 Credits)
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (30 Credits)
Art Psychotherapy Therapeutic Skills & Interpersonal Learning Groups 1 (30 Credits)
Art Psychotherapy Practice Placement 1 (30 Credits)
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (30 Credits)
Art Psychotherapy Practice Placement 1 (30 Credits)
Art Psychotherapy Therapeutic Skills & Inter-Personal Learning Groups 1 (30 Credits)
Pre-registration Research Methods (30 Credits)
Art Psychotherapy Practice Placement (30 Credits)
Clinical Project (60 Credits)
Art Psychotherapy Practice Placement 2 (30 Credits)
Clinical Project (60 Credits)
Interdisciplinary Studies 2 & IPL Groups 2 (30 Credits)
Interdisciplinary Studies 2 & IPL Groups 2 (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,300

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK Honours degree or equivalent in the area of the visual arts supported by a portfolio of art work (no more than 12 examples) in a variety of media over a period of time in a variety of media over a period of time. Degrees in subjects such as psychology, social work, nursing, education etc. will be considered if supported by a substantial portfolio of art work. Normally a minimum of one year’s full-time experience (or p/t equivalent) of work in a caring capacity or equivalent. Relevant care work includes: nursing assistant, project worker, arts instructor, care work in a community setting, art teaching, or facilitating art workshops. Some experience of personal art psychotherapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy, or experiential workshops in creative therapies is desirable.