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PR and communications graduate
Postgraduate course
MA

Art Psychotherapy Practice

Art Psychotherapy Practice

Art Psychotherapy Practice

Art Psychotherapy Practice

Art Psychotherapy Practice

We are unable to consider applications to this course from students requiring a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK.
We are unable to consider applications to this course from students requiring a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK.
We are unable to consider applications to this course from students requiring a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK.
We are unable to consider applications to this course from students requiring a Tier 4 visa for study in the UK.
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Overview

Develop the confidence, expertise and practical skills to become a professional art therapist and help change lives for the better.

You will learn how to use art therapy to support people with very different emotional and mental health needs to feel a sense of inclusion and bring about positive changes to their lives. You will also develop your knowledge and experience by studying the theories that lie at the heart of art therapy.

You will enhance your expertise and refine your practical skills through supervised practice in the field. You will take part in a placement organised by course staff and lasting between 100 and 120 days. This will give you first-hand experience in providing art therapy for clients with different needs and in a range of settings.

Please note, this course will be delivered in Sheffield through the Art Therapy Northern Programme in partnership with the University.


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You will 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 & Care Professions Council.

This course will be delivered at the Art Therapy Northern Programme, Netherthorpe House, Sheffield, S3 7EZ

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Fine Art, Art Therapy, Humanities, Psychology, Social Sciences or Science. Professionals including Teachers, Social Workers, Nurses and others working in the caring professions will also be considered.

All applicants must have evidence of some relevant pre-course experience in a field related to the caring professions.

Those applicants who do not have graduate qualifications in fine art will need to submit a substantial and developing body of current artwork and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their own artwork.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award.

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, processed through the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of artwork as part of the selection process.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

Applications should be made directly to Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, their website can be accessed through this link.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants:

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Fine Art, Art Therapy, Humanities, Psychology, Social Sciences or Science. Professionals including Teachers, Social Workers, Nurses and others working in the caring professions will also be considered.

All applicants must have evidence of some relevant pre-course experience in a field related to the caring professions.

Those applicants who do not have graduate qualifications in fine art will need to submit a substantial and developing body of current artwork and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their own artwork.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award.

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, processed through the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of artwork as part of the selection process.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

Applications should be made directly to Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, their website can be accessed through this link.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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Zainah Khan
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“"My course has been really empowering. It teaches skills that you can implement in your own life, as well as academically and professionally. I've developed a great sense of self-awareness and empathy, which support me in establishing good rapport with my students. These abilities have become natural to me, and I use them every day in my job."

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2020 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2019/20, but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2020/21. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from June 2020.

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Assessment proportions
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, a presentation, a poster, a journal, a dissertation and a portfolio for practice.

Gain a critical account of the theories that inform art therapy/art psychotherapy practice.

Running throughout the course, this module helps you develop personal reflection and interpersonal and professional reflexive skills for working with clients and within teams.

Gain knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and practice contexts of art therapy/art psychotherapy, allowing you to ethically adapt them to specific client contexts.

Take a further examination and necessary adaptation of art therapy/art psychotherapy practice in a range of service contexts whether in health, social care, community care, or the third sector.

Integrate and consolidate many aspects of the theory and practice of your course material by working in an institutional setting to gain experience of art therapy/art psychotherapy.

Demonstrate your developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills. Studio work contributes to the development of your dissertation ideas.

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Assessment proportions
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, a presentation, a poster, a journal, a dissertation and a portfolio for practice.

Gain a critical account of the theories that inform art therapy/art psychotherapy practice.

Running throughout the course, this module helps you develop personal reflection and interpersonal and professional reflexive skills for working with clients and within teams.

Gain knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and practice contexts of art therapy/art psychotherapy, allowing you to ethically adapt them to specific client contexts.

Take a further examination and necessary adaptation of art therapy/art psychotherapy practice in a range of service contexts whether in health, social care, community care, or the third sector.

Integrate and consolidate many aspects of the theory and practice of your course material by working in an institutional setting to gain experience of art therapy/art psychotherapy.

Demonstrate your developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills. Studio work contributes to the development of your dissertation ideas.

Assessment proportions
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, a presentation, a poster, a journal, a dissertation and a portfolio for practice.

Gain a critical account of the theories that inform art therapy/art psychotherapy practice.

Running throughout the course, this module helps you develop personal reflection and interpersonal and professional reflexive skills for working with clients and within teams.

Gain knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and practice contexts of art therapy/art psychotherapy, allowing you to ethically adapt them to specific client contexts.

Take a further examination and necessary adaptation of art therapy/art psychotherapy practice in a range of service contexts whether in health, social care, community care, or the third sector.

Integrate and consolidate many aspects of the theory and practice of your course material by working in an institutional setting to gain experience of art therapy/art psychotherapy.

Demonstrate your developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills. Studio work contributes to the development of your dissertation ideas.

Assessment proportions
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, a presentation, a poster, a journal, a dissertation and a portfolio for practice.

Gain a critical account of the theories that inform art therapy/art psychotherapy practice.

Running throughout the course, this module helps you develop personal reflection and interpersonal and professional reflexive skills for working with clients and within teams.

Gain knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and practice contexts of art therapy/art psychotherapy, allowing you to ethically adapt them to specific client contexts.

Take a further examination and necessary adaptation of art therapy/art psychotherapy practice in a range of service contexts whether in health, social care, community care, or the third sector.

Integrate and consolidate many aspects of the theory and practice of your course material by working in an institutional setting to gain experience of art therapy/art psychotherapy.

Demonstrate your developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills. Studio work contributes to the development of your dissertation ideas.

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Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2020/21 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following is also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

As a student on this course, access to the following will also be included in your tuition fees:

  • Use of facilities, including our Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essential costs

  • Personal therapy (you will be required to undertake compulsory therapy sessions during taught weeks, either individually or in groups, which cost approximately £25-45 per hour.
  • Placements (locations of placements may vary, and you will often be based close to your home. Travel costs will be approximately £10 per week.)

 Course-specific optional costs

  • British Association of Arts Therapist (BAAT) professional body membership (approximately £45-50)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Please note unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from students outside the EU for this course.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2020/21 is £4335. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations. The following is also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

As a student on this course, access to the following will also be included in your tuition fees:

  • Use of facilities, including our Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essential costs

  • Personal therapy (you will be required to undertake compulsory therapy sessions during taught weeks, either individually or in groups, which cost approximately £25-45 per hour.
  • Placements (locations of placements may vary, and you will often be based close to your home. Travel costs will be approximately £10 per week.)

 Course-specific optional costs

  • British Association of Arts Therapist (BAAT) professional body membership (approximately £45-50)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

Additional course costs

Please note unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from students outside the EU for this course.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £5700. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Personal therapy (individual or group): You will be required to undertake compulsory therapy sessions during taught weeks, which cost approximately £25-45 per hour.
  • Placements (compulsory): Locations of placements may vary – estimated travel costs will be around £10 per week.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Please note unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from students outside the EU for this course.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £3800. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Personal therapy (individual or group): You will be required to undertake compulsory therapy sessions during taught weeks, which cost approximately £25-45 per hour.
  • Placements (compulsory): Locations of placements may vary – estimated travel costs will be around £10 per week.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

Additional course costs

Please note unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from students outside the EU for this course.

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