Taught course

Art Therapy

University of Derby · College of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree, either: BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies A degree in the visual arts, or An undergraduate degree in other related areas, such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing and have a sound current folio of artwork. You'll also need: Around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience which may be voluntary work. To be able to show you've got sufficient life experience and emotional maturity, as well as having the intellectual capacity, to cope with the demands of the course. If your first language is not English, you'll need to have achieved an IELTS of at least 7.0 or equivalent with no element below 6.5, as stipulated by the HCPC. You'll normally go through a selection and interview process. This will usually include attending an experiential workshop as well as a formal individual interview which will include discussion of a portfolio of your artwork. Your portfolio should demonstrate your current artwork and have no more than 10 completed images and one sketch book. The work needs to be your own personal work, i.e. not client work or work produced though facilitation of others. Where possible actual images need to be brought. If this is not possible then photographs will be accepted. If you are an international student and you are required to send a portfolio with your application, please be aware that your portfolio will not be able to be returned. Therefore please ensure that no original artwork is sent. If you are offered a place on the course you will be required to pay a deposit of £250 in order to secure your place. A large component of the course involves work with clients and therefore a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course. Experience of having undergone personal therapy is desirable (though not essential). Your application should include a CV and one A4 sheet (maximum) outlining why you wish to complete the professional training and elaborating on what qualities and skills you feel you have to offer and the kind of ideas which presently inform your thinking about art therapy.


Months of entry


Course content

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Social Care
01332 591 703