The MA Art Psychotherapy course at the University of South Wales is essential if you are looking to gain the skills necessary to become a qualified Health and Care Professions’ Council (HCPC) Art Psychotherapist. You may be a graduate or already working in a related area looking to progress and to qualify professionally.
On the MA Art Psychotherapy course you will benefit from training alongside colleagues who are trainee Music Therapists in this cross-modality opportunity. You will acquire insight and shared understanding of other creative modalities, as a basis for future professional practice in multi-disciplinary teams and departments.
In your first year of study, you will participate in Infant Observation, providing you with a grounding in human development that will inform the rest of your studies.
You will benefit from the use of the facilities at the Caerleon campus to support your learning, including the art facilities to further develop your creative skills and artform. In addition, throughout the programme an experiential group, study groups and other University events will provide insight into the principles, practices and effectiveness of Art Psychotherapy.
Year 1/Part 1 • Theory and Practice of Art Psychotherapy • Infant Observation • Art Modality and Studio Skills • 6 week Shadowing Placement in a University Approved Clinical Setting • Study of Different Client Groups • Modality Specific Experiential Groups
Year 2/Part 2 • 1 day Placement in a University Approved Clinical Setting • Modality Specific Group Clinical Supervision • Further Theory and Practice of Art Psychotherapy • Art Modality Skills and Techniques • Modality Specific Experiential Groups • Introduction to Research Methods
Year 3/Part 3 • 2 day Placement in a University Approved Clinical Setting • Modality Specific Group Clinical Supervision • Modality Specific Experiential Group • Research Methods and Dissertation
Please note it is a course requirement that you are in weekly therapy for the duration of the course.
Learning and teaching methods
You will study through essays, presentations, clinical placement, professional development, exhibitions, dissertation and viva voce assessment.
Work Experience and Employment Prospects
You are eligible to apply for professional UK HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registration on successful completion of the Masters course.
Students can go on to private practice after two years full-time/four years part-time supervised practice, or into employment in settings including NHS psychiatric and other hospitals, Social Services departments, education settings including special education, the criminal justice system, the voluntary sector and community projects.
Students could also choose further study towards a professional research degree, or career routes in higher education teaching and clinical supervision.