Taught course

Art Psychotherapy (International)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy

Entry requirements

UK honours degree or equivalent in the area of the visual arts supported by a portfolio of art work in a variety of media over a period of time. Degrees in subjects such as psychology, social work, nursing and education will be considered if supported by a substantial portfolio of art work. Applicants will be contacted with further information regarding submission of an online portfolio, after submitting their application.

Normally a minimum of one year’s full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) of work in a caring capacity or equivalent. Relevant work includes: nursing assistant, project worker, arts instructor, care work in a community setting, art teaching, or facilitating art workshops. Some experience of personal art psychotherapy or psychodynamic psychotherapy, or experiential workshops in creative therapies is desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

Art psychotherapy is a profession with creativity at its heart! The programme at QMU has the potential to offer a personally rewarding career on the only art psychotherapy training programme in Scotland. You can study full or part-time, and as a graduate you will be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as an art psychotherapist.

The life-changing potential of psychotherapy, the power of artistic expression and your desire for a more meaningful career all meet on this unique course. If you have at least one year’s experience of working with people within a mental or physical health service, education, social services or the voluntary sector, this course will help you build on your experience and develop new skills as an art psychotherapist. The course is based in our School of Health Sciences and offers a stimulating learning environment with a practical focus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

0131 474 0000