Taught course

Art Psychotherapy

Institution
Goldsmiths, University of London · Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

You'll need:

  • at least one year's full-time, or the equivalent in part-time hours, 1,500 hours' relevant work experience.
  • an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in visual arts/design, or in a related/relevant area, or a professional qualification.
  • an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • to disclose any criminal record, disciplinary record, significant periods of time off work and significant health problems in writing after interview.

Months of entry

September

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.

The Masters enables you to practice 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.

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.

Via theoretical studies, clinical work and experiential learning you will integrate cognitive understanding and practical experience with a developing awareness of self and other. The nature of the therapeutic relationship between client, their artwork, and the art therapist is explored, and you have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through two 60-day placements which are supervised and supported in-depth.

You are encouraged to develop your own art practice and to situate your work in relationship to your development as a therapist, to contemporary art practice and to psychoanalytic theories. You're required to be in personal therapy throughout the programme (please note that this is at your own cost).

Information for international students

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU - full-time: £8640 Home/EU - part-time: £5760
International students
International - full-time: £18900

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course-info@gold.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7078 5300