MA Art Psychotherapy Practice


Training as an Art Therapist

The MA Art Psychotherapy Practice is the pre-registration course required for practice as an Art Psychotherapist or an Art Therapist in the UK. You can choose between studying 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.

Art therapists contribute in different ways to a wide range of settings including the NHS, Social Services, mainstream Schools, Special Schools, and Community Settings. The course guides students in the possibilities for gradually building portfolios of relevant work and enables you to gain practical experience of art therapy in ways that are responsive to theory and practice in the field. On successful completion of this course, you will become eligible to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as practioner with the British Association of Art Therapists.

What you will study – core modules

The MA Art Psychotherapy Practice course includes an opportunity to study the following core modules:

  • Theoretical Context for Art Psychotherapy;
  • Studio Based Training Groups & Workshops;
  • Art Psychotherapy Practice & the Clinical Context;
  • Professionally Orientated Study & Research Methods;
  • Dissertation;
  • The Synthesis of Art, Psychotherapy and Professional Practice;
  • Clinical Placements, Supervision Groups & Reflective Practice Sessions.

Read more about the course content.

Download the course fact sheet.

A wide range of placement opportunities

You will also take part in a placement organised by course staff consisting of 100-120 days. This offers you first-hand experience in providing art therapy for clients in a range of settings so you can achieve a good standard of proficiency in line with the requirements for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Our former students initially find work related to art therapy or art psychotherapy working with adults, young people and children in a number of mental health settings in social care, the third sector and education.

The Art Therapy Northern Programme offers employment workshops and works with the Jobs & Careers service of Leeds Beckett University to help find relevant employment in a number of local public and private organisations. We can help you make decisions on your career and recognise and develop your employability skills.


Applications can be sent at any time as interviews take place throughout the year. Please complete and return application forms to:

The Art Therapy Northern Programme

c/o Sue Turton: Programme Administrator

Netherthorpe House,

Netherthorpe Road,

Sheffield S3 7EZ

Read the pre-application guidance.

Download the application form.

View the reading list.


2017-18 full-time fee £5,700 per annum for 2 years with a small percentage increase each year.

2017-18 part-time fees £3,800 per annum for 3 years with a small percentage increase each year.

The international fees have not been decided yet by the University. They are likely to be in the region of £11,000.

Course fees are subject to small incremental increases each year, the precise details of these and of payment by instalments are provided by Leeds Beckett University when students register.