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This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved Art Therapy course will enable you, on completion, to practise as an Art Therapist/Art Psychotherapist.

Course overview

The course aims to enable you to gain the highest level of knowledge, skills and behaviour that will establish you at the forefront of art therapy within a contemporary setting.

Why Study Art Therapy with us?

The use of art therapy is widely recognised as a discipline that enables expression, beyond words, in a variety of settings, and promotes psychological and emotional well-being. Our course is suitable for those working in health, education, counselling, community and social care settings, as well as for promoting individual personal and professional development.

Art Psychotherapists work with a range of patients and clinical settings. They work with children, adolescents, people with mental illness, people with learning difficulties, the elderly, and people who have experienced trauma – in forensic and community settings.

What will I learn?

You will look at the underpinning theory of art therapy plus development and communication models. Learning is underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic practice, with particular focus on the Object Relations School and Winnicott model. Integrating theory and practice is covered by way of case study material and visiting practising Art Therapists. Experiential training groups are a core underpinning to the theoretical content, as well as a practice placement module which is enhanced by supervision groups.

How will I be taught?

We use a variety of teaching strategies, including lectures, experiential art making sessions, small group work and scenario-based teaching.

Most modules operate over 15 weeks with up to 40 contact hours per module. You will also be expected to undertake an approximate minimum of seven hours’ self-study time per week, per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments of the course will be through the use of:

  • written work
  • seminar presentations
  • visual logs
  • practice placement records
  • reflective commentaries.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.


Visit the Art Therapy page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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