Taught course

Art Psychotherapy

University of Roehampton · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

•Applicants need to demonstrate a maturity of personality and self awareness compatible with training as a therapist. •A good second-class honours degree (or above) in art and design or a closely related discipline (or) other relevant degree such as psychology, teaching or psychiatric nursing etc. •All candidates must present a portfolio of their art work at interview. The art portfolio should demonstrate the applicant's exploration of self through the art making process. All the plastic arts and electronic media are welcome at the interview. The brief for the portfolio is deliberately vague for applicants to bring their own understanding of what it means to be a practising artist. The portfolio should demonstrate a strong comment to their artistic practice along with a fluidity of self expression within a variety of mediums. International candidates are asked to up-load photographs of their portfolios on either Facebook or Flickr and to include the link with their application. •Experience of working within a setting and with clients relevant to the programme. This might include working with children with behaviour or developmental challenges, learning difficulties, adult mental health, elderly, homelessness etc. This work can either be done on a voluntary or employed basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed for experienced artists and professionals who have worked within a clinical setting and would like to build a rewarding career as an art psychotherapist.

You will be taught by leading experts who will equip you with the skills, experience, and confidence to work as an art psychotherapist in challenging, yet rewarding environments. Our graduating students are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Registered practitioners work in a variety of different settings including psychiatric hospitals, social services departments, special education, prisons and the voluntary sector.

Information for international students

Applicants from overseas for whom English is not their first language must comply with the University's minimum requirement for Masters Degrees for proficiency in the English language. This is currently British Council IELTS at band 6.5 with no less than 6 in each band of the test.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 8392 3232