Taught course

Art Therapy

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

  • A maturity of personality and self-awareness compatible with training as a therapist.
  • An undergraduate degree in art and design or other relevant subject.
    Please note that we can also consider applications from applicants who either do not hold a degree, or who hold a degree in a non-art related subject.
  • Before submitting your application, you will also need to have gained a minimum of one years’ experience working within a care setting with clients relevant to the course. This can be either paid or voluntary work.
  • IELTS Level 7 (English Language Requirements for International Applicants)

Please note that if successfully shortlisted for interview, applicants will also be asked to provide a portfolio of recent artwork (minimum of 12 pieces). The portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s exploration of self through the art making process.

Students will also be expected to have access to personal therapy during the course, which is self-funded.

Please note that it is also highly recommended that you attend an Art Therapy Foundation course before submitting your application. As it is not a specific entry requirement, your application will still be considered if you have not attended a foundation course before applying, however it is highly recommended for you to consider. You can contact the Art Therapy programme team on arttherapy@chester.ac.uk for details on the foundation weeks that are offered here at Chester.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved Art Therapy course will enable you, on completion, to practise as an Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist.

Why Study Art Therapy with us?

The use of art therapy is widely recognised as a discipline that enables expression, beyond words, in a variety of settings, and promotes psychological and emotional well-being. Our course is suitable for those working in health, education, counselling, community and social care settings, as well as for promoting individual personal and professional development.

Art Psychotherapists work with a range of patients and clinical settings. They work with children, adolescents, people with mental illness, people with learning difficulties, the elderly, and people who have experienced trauma – in forensic and community settings.

How will I be taught?

We use a variety of teaching strategies, including lectures, experiential art making sessions, small group work and scenario-based teaching.

Most modules operate over 15 weeks with up to 40 contact hours per module. You will also be expected to undertake an approximate minimum of seven hours’ self-study time per week, per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments of the course will be through the use of:

  • written work
  • seminar presentations
  • visual logs
  • practice placement records
  • reflective commentaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions