Taught course

Art Psychotherapy

Goldsmiths, University of London · Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Entry requirements

You should have: an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in visual arts, or a degree in an allied area, or a professional qualification; a portfolio of art work showing evidence of a longstanding commitment to your own art practice; experience of work in health, social services or education (equivalent to at least 1,500 hours); experience of personal therapy (ideally). Your application will only be considered if it includes detailed information about your relevant work experience to show that you have at least 1,500 hours' experience. Your portfolio should be uploaded electronically as part of your main application.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will provide you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of art psychotherapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work. It enables you to practise as an art therapist in the NHS, Social Services, and educational establishments, and to become a practitioner registered with the British Association of Art Therapists and eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC). Your learning is underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy practised within the context of mental health care, and informed by contemporary art practice.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, all successful applicants to this programme must achieve IELTS 7.0, to include a score of no lower than 6.5 in all four parts of the test.

Fees and funding

Full-time students can apply for the Corinne Burton Memorial Studentship.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
32 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Professional practice33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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