Entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a visual arts degree or in a discipline related to the programme such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, or nursing.

In addition, successful applicants must complete the following:

Submission of a portfolio:
All applicants should be prepared to submit a portfolio of artwork demonstrating an in-depth understanding of aesthetics and image making processes. The portfolio should include:

Written examples of reflections on art within a healing context

Images (12 JPEGS max)

Written and verbal explorative, well-informed thinking to reflect on the following areas: a) the use of image-making to facilitate relational change b) reflections on aesthetics and how aesthetics are shaped by cultural, ethnic and indigenous contexts.

Ideally the portfolio should be presented in an online format, for example as an Adobe Portfolioor alternatively Microsoft Sway

Work experience: We recommend 12 months comprehensive and relevant work experience, which may be voluntary work in a health, social services, education, special needs, community centre or charity setting. You should supply a CV with your application that details this experience.

Interview: Competitive applicants will be invited to take part in an interview with the academic department.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will offer you the advanced skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to a wide range of health needs across physical, mental health and community sectors as an art psychotherapist. As a graduating student you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (link here). The MA Art Psychotherapy programme is provided in partnership with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and this means work placement experience is at the core of this programme.

The MA qualification is approved by the HCPC and you will gain experience of working in health contexts, including the NHS and third sector. This qualification aligns with Healthcare Employers strategic objectives and goals related to workforce planning and the strategic aims set out by NHS England and local NHS Trusts to have closer working relationships with the third sector.

Please click here for more information on the course.

Information for international students

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

Fees and funding

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Approved by the HCPC.

Course contact details

+44 (0)1895 265 265