The course reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy. It will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice under supervision, as well as experience of group work, studio practice and a critical understanding of current theoretical ideas.
During the course you'll have a personal tutor who will monitor your overall progress. As well as the taught components of the course, you'll also need to engage in personal therapy for a minimum of one hour a week throughout the training; this is a requirement for professional registration. This can be either individual or group therapy, which is psychodynamic in orientation.
The course aims to enable you to become eligible to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC),as long as you meet theHCPC's requirements.
The course is deemed as full-time and requires you to fulfil the following attendance requirements:You will need to be available to attend the University from September to June for one day a week between the hours of 9am-7pm. This would currently be on either a Monday or Tuesday, depending upon which year you commenced the training. Your day of attendance at the University would remain the same throughout your training. The exceptions to this will be scheduled and timetabled Masterclasses which will take the form of up to 3 additional days in your first and second years. A block teaching week which takes place in September at the start of the second year of the course where you are invited to spend a week at the University developing ideas for your Independent Scholarship. At the end of your programme we will require you to be present during the dissemination of your research exhibition build.
In addition to attendance at the University, you will also be required to undertake two periods of clinical placement. The first of these commences in January, during the first year of the course. This comprises attendance on placement for two days a week for 25 weeks. The days you attend placement are negotiated between you and the placement provider.The second period of placement runs throughout the second year of the course starting in September and requires two days a week attendance, for 35 weeks.
Develop your clinical and research skills
You will have the opportunity to further develop your research and clinical understanding through Theory and Research Modules in first and second year.
A fundamental part of the course is the Independent Scholarship, which will provide you with an opportunity to integrate your learning through conducting an arts based piece of research. This aims to assist you in developing your clinical reasoning and professional identity.
Examples of work
Explore our galleriesof MA Art Therapy at Derby, with images of the MA Art Therapy Exhibition 2017,Big Wood project,Independent Scholarship Exhibitions and studio spaces.
We're proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.
"The studio facilities are of the highest standard I have seen."Kate Rothwell,Head of Arts Therapies for the Forensic Directorate of the East London Foundation NHS Trust