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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

The course reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy. It will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice under supervision, as well as experience of group work, studio practice and a critical understanding of current theoretical ideas. ‌The course is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and recognised by the British Association of Art Therapists. The course aims to enable you to become eligible to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

Assessments are practical, oral and written - there are no exams. Usually, assessment is through either written assignments, the production of artwork, oral presentations or reports based on performance in the clinical setting. You'll receive clear guidelines at the start of each module, about how you'll be assessed in that module. The course can lead you to a career in areas such as mental health, education, the prison service, social services and the voluntary sector, as well as in private practice (following gaining additional post training clinical experience), and increasingly, in business.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Art Therapy Experiential Group (20 Credits) - Core
Art Therapy Clinical Placement One (20 Credits) - Core
Art Therapy Studio (20 Credits) - Core
Art Therapy Clinical Placement Two (20 Credits) - Core
Arts Therapies Independent Scholarship: A Body of Work (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £950 per 20 credits and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £13,500 and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To apply for this course you are required to have completed an undergraduate degree, either: BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies; a degree in the visual arts, or an undergraduate degree in other related areas, such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, and nursing and have a sound current folio of artwork. You will also need: around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience which may be voluntary work; to be able to show you've got sufficient life experience and emotional maturity, as well as having the intellectual capacity, to cope with the demands of the course. Experience of having undergone personal therapy is desirable (though not essential).

University information

The University of Derby is spread across three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study...more