Taught course

Art Psychotherapy Practice

Leeds Beckett University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Fine Art, Art Therapy, Humanities, Psychology, Social Sciences or Science. Professionals including Teachers, Social Workers, Nurses and others working in the caring professions will also be considered. All applicants must have evidence of some relevant pre-course experience in a field related to the caring professions. Those applicants who do not have graduate qualifications in fine art will need to submit a substantial and developing body of current artwork and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their own artwork. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award. Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of artwork as part of the selection process. Applications should be made directly to Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, their website can be accessed through this link.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop the confidence, expertise and practical skills to become a professional art therapist, able to register with the Health & Care Professions Council and help change lives for the better.

You will learn how to use art therapy to help people with very different emotional and mental health needs to feel a sense of inclusion and bring about positive changes to their lives. You will also develop your knowledge and experience by studying the theories that lie at the heart of art therapy.

You will enhance your expertise and refine your practical skills through supervised practice in the field. You will take part in a placement organised by course staff and lasting between 100 and 120 days. This will give you first-hand experience in providing art therapy for clients with different needs and in a range of settings.

Please note this course is delivered in Sheffield.

Information for international students

We are unable to consider applications to this course from students requiring a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £5,700

Please see the funding page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission Enquiries
+44 (0)113 812 3113