Taught course

Art Therapy

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

A degree in Art or in another related area such as psychology, occupational therapy, nursing, social work and have a sound current portfolio of artwork. One year's (full time or equivalent) relevant work experience which may be voluntary work. Ability to show you have sufficient life experience and emotional maturity, as well as having the intellectual capacity to cope with the demand of the course. Criminal Records Bureau and Occupational Health Check

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will provide you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of art therapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work and to establish you at the forefront of art therapy within a contemporary setting.

The course offers experience of clinical art therapy practice and supervision as well as group work and current theory.

The discipline of Art Therapy draws upon the visual arts, the creative process, psychotherapy and psychology and is applied within many settings. The MA Art Therapy will equip you with the skills, experience and confidence to work in frequently challenging, but ultimately rewarding environments.

This programme is informed by contemporary Art Therapy practice and roots itself firmly within the practice element of art therapy, the therapeutic application of art and the therapeutic relationship. It aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the practice of art therapy not only at an autonomous level but also emphasis is placed on raising understanding and the role of art therapy via presentation and communication skills in order to encourage multi modal working. To this end the programme provides a specific practice preparation module.

This programme is approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000
+44 (0)1244 511300