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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

This course will enable you, on completion, to practise as an Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist. Art therapy enables expression, beyond words, and promotes psychological well-being. This HCPC-approved Art Therapy course is suitable for those working with a variety of client groups in health, social care, education counselling and community settings. The course will enable you, on completion, to practise as a registered Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist. The course is rooted in current practice with visiting art therapy practitioners throughout the course. We offer a specific placement preparation module which provides the bridge between theory and practice. We use a variety of teaching strategies, including lectures, experiential art making sessions, small group work and scenario-based teaching. We use a variety of assessment methods, including written essays, PowerPoint presentations, reflective models, portfolio and visual logs. Placement Experience is a core aspect of the training and is fully supported by the university.

Graduating Arts Therapists obtain work often in areas where placement opportunities are available. Placement Providers are able to assess service and individual needs and introduce art therapy into the service where appropriate. Education, health & social care services, community practices, NHS and independent sectors all employ art therapists. The BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists is the Professional Body for Art therapy. The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.

Different course options

Full time | Riverside Campus | 2 years | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Module content will include: Current research and theory of social, psychological and communication aspects of human development and behaviour. Personal, artistic and continuing self-development; reflection on use of media and personal preferences; working with intuition and imagination; insight and self-awareness. Experiential learning, image-making in relation to personal growth. Policy shapers and bodies (educational, health, social care, voluntary); service user perspectives; legal frameworks in health, education and social care; cultural aspects of art and image making, ethical practice. Recognition of psychodynamic concepts; organisation contexts of art therapy, resource implications; art therapy in different settings (individual and group).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have an undergraduate degree in art and design or other relevant subject; a minimum of one years’ work experience (paid or voluntary) within a relevant care setting gained prior to application; a maturity of personality and self-awareness. You will be required to submit a 500-word written piece with the title 'What is Art Therapy?' on application. Your application will not be considered without this. This is to allow you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the field and your ability to write at Masters degree level.

University information

From a teaching college, to becoming the University of Chester, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in Birkenhead. Through the work of...more