Taught course

Art Therapy

University of Hertfordshire · School of Creative Arts

Entry requirements

An honours degree (at least 2:2 or above) in an appropriate subject (eg Fine Art) plus one year or more prior relevant clinical experience plus evidence of an identity as an artist.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

  • The MA Art Therapy is approved by The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is situated in the postgraduate area of The School of Creative Arts. The programme places a strong emphasis on developing the student’s artistic identity in tandem with their understanding of the skills and knowledge required for safe therapeutic practice
  • Contemporary visual art practices that link to psychodynamic processes are taught across the curriculum. Students learn how research is a cross-discipline mode of enquiry while developing knowledge of how theory underpins and informs art therapy practice with a range of vulnerable people
  • Students attend placements throughout the course and develop themselves professionally through supervision, reflection and by articulating their practice in writing, research and presentations.
  • The programme guides students toward achieving employment in health care, education and/or voluntary organisations. Focusing on the public sector these range from adult and child mental health, palliative care, learning disability, prisons, main stream and special schools etc.
  • Take a look at our MA Art Therapy leaflet.

Information for international students

International applicants with less specialist experience have the option of joining the pre Master's for International Students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

01707 284800
01707 284870