Art Psychotherapy


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  • Build a rewarding career as a professionally-qualified and State registered art psychotherapist. Graduates are able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Follow a syllabus informed by Carl G. Jung’s pioneering theories on analytical psychology.
  • Benefit from our established network of art psychotherapists and gain work experience in supervised clinical placements. 
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” for its impact.
  • The only institution in Europe to offer training in all of the arts and play therapies, including dramatherapy, art and dance movement psychotherapy, music and play therapy.
  • Some of the core teaching will take place with peers from across the Arts and Play Therapies programmes, giving unique opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. 


This course is designed for experienced artists and professionals who have worked within a clinical setting and would like to build a rewarding career as an art psychotherapist.


You will be taught by leading experts who will equip you with the skills, experience, and confidence to work as an art psychotherapist in challenging, yet rewarding environments. Our graduating students are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registered practitioners work in a variety of different settings including psychiatric hospitals, social services departments, special education, prisons and the voluntary sector.

Our comprehensive programme is divided into three areas covering theory, experiential learning and work placement experience. The theoretical aspect covers child developmental and psychodynamic principles alongside art therapy theory and Jungian analytical psychology. This perspective is located within the larger field of analytical psychotherapy and provides you with an in-depth theoretical underpinning that informs clinical practice.

A vital part of the programme is a supervised clinical placement which allows you to complete one hundred mandatory days of practice during your training. Placements are available in a variety of settings that include mental health (both in the NHS and other psychiatric hospitals and day centres), disabilities services or in hospitals or social services, special education, or a range of other settings.

The course is divided into three distinct areas; theory, which will develop your understanding as it relates to clinical practice, experiential learning where you will engage in art therapeutic processes to develop an understanding of the discipline from the inside while developing your identity as an artist, and lastly, a work placement. You will also get the opportunity to collaborate with the other students within the arts and play therapies in workshops and shared modules.

Our full-time course starts with an intensive week followed by two taught days, two further days of clinical placement and one day for studio practice per week. The part-time route starts with an intensive week followed by one day per week in University and a minimum of one further day on clinical placement. You will need to complete one hundred days of supervised clinical practice over the duration of the programme. You will also attend weekly personal therapy which is compulsory to become a professional registered practitioner.

Please read the programme information pack thoroughly before applying to this course which includes frequently asked questions and course details.

We also offer introductory courses which provide a useful background in related professions. For more information on our Introduction Courses, Summer Schools and Foundation Course in Art Psychotherapy, see our Psychology Short Courses

Full-time mode (2 years)

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Human Development and Growth
Art Psychotherapy Placement Preparation
Analytical Art Psychotherapy
Experiential Process 1 (Studio Practice*)
Art Psychotherapy Clinical Placement 1

Year 2
Interprofessional Learning and Practice
Experiential Process 2
Art Psychotherapy Clinical Placement 2
Research Methodologies and Methods
Research Project

Part-time mode (3 years)

Part-time students will cover the same content as full-time students.

Year 1

Human Development and Growth
Experiential Process 1 (Studio Practice*)
Art Psychotherapy Clinical Placement 1

Year 2

Interprofessional Learning and Practice
Analytical Art Psychotherapy
Experiential Process 2 (Studio Practice*)
Art Psychotherapy Clinical Placement 2

Year 3

Research Methodologies and Methods
Experiential Process 3 (Studio Practice*)
Art Psychotherapy Placement 3
Research Project

* Studio Practice is a component of this module and is assessed through attendance and participation in reflective studio practice tutorials only.


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates go on to work as art therapists in fields including healthcare, education, adult mental health and the third sector. They work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals.

We also offer weekend introductory courses, 5 day Summer Schools, and 20 week part time evening Foundation Courses which provide a useful background in related professions. For more information, see our Psychology Short Courses.

The Theo Gimbel Charity Trust Funding Support

The following provides instructions to apply financial support for studying either part time or full time on the University of Roehampton MA Art Psychotherapy course.

Please note that enrolment will not be complete until payment details have been provided. Failure to complete the enrolment process will result in the application to the University of Roehampton being delayed and/or terminated.

Entry information:

  • Amount awarded is at the discretion of Theo Gimbel Charitable Trust Ltd.
  • For application deadlines, please contact Martin Stubbs
  • Year of entry is the new academic year commencing in September. Applicants need to apply prior to staring the programme.
  • Eligibility: If you have an unconditional firm offer from the University, you will be eligible to apply.

How to apply:

  • Write a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) stating why financial support is required and your experiences related to your application. This may include voluntary experiences, areas of strength and development, along with your career goals.
  • Include your CV that details your education and work experience to date.
  • Provide two professional references.

Send your application to:
Martin Stubbs, Director, Theo Gimbel Charitable Trust Ltd at:

Terms and Conditions:

  • Please note that the Trust do not support funding for living costs.
  • The University of Roehampton does not provide this funding and therefore is not responsible for the application funding decisions.
  • Please note that the correspondence is solely between the applicant and the Trust. For any questions in applying for this opportunity, please contact the Theo Gimbel Trust Ltd.
  • In order to become a fully enrolled student at the University of Roehampton, applicants must complete all the necessary academic requirements and make arrangements to pay all fees as directed by the University. Tuition fees are due for payment at the start of each academic year, or the start of each enrolment period for non-standard start dates as detailed in Section 5.1, Self-funding Student or the University’s Student Fee Payment & Enrolment Regulations. Please see more information on the finance pages.
  • Applicants or continuing students in receipt of funding, either in full or in part by a private sponsor, such as a commercial or charitable organisation, must provide an official letter of sponsorship to the University. This is to be provided prior to or during, the enrolment period and should be an official letter of be an official letter of sponsorship on the organisations headed paper signed by an authorised signatory of the sponsor. The letter should include the invoice address, contact details and name of the official contact of the sponsor, your full name and the amount of the sponsorship.
  • The University will invoice the sponsor directly and payment must be made in full within 30 days from the date of the invoice.
  • Parents, family members or friends are not classed as sponsors.
  • Should the sponsor default on payments or withdraw funding, the responsibility will fall upon the student to pay the fees. In which case the student must contact the Finance Department and make acceptable arrangements to pay any outstanding fees promptly.

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