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Art Psychotherapy Practice
Postgraduate course
MA

Art Psychotherapy Practice

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

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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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Entry Requirements

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. 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.
English Language Requirement: 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. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

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. 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.
English Language Requirement: 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.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

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Careers

Teaching and learning

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

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £5700. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

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

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.

Location

Art Therapy Northern Programme, Sheffield

Art Therapy Northern Programme, Sheffield

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