Hertfordshire International College

MA Art Therapy

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Hertfordshire International College
In Hatfield

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Typology Postgraduate
Location Hatfield
Duration 2 Years
  • Postgraduate
  • Hatfield
  • Duration:
    2 Years

The aim of the MA Art Therapy is to train art therapists for employment in the public sector. This includes theoretical and practical knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to a range of client groups and settings. You are offered a broad theoretical foundation in the key principles of psychodynamic and humanistic psychotherapy, neuropsychology and other evidence based practice in relation to current art therapy theory and research. The programme area also offers a range of pre and post qualification opportunities such as the University Certificate Arts Therapies and Wellbeing Foundation, Introductory and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses and research opportunities up to PhD.

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Hatfield (Herefordshire)
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University of Hertfordshire (College Lane Campus), Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK


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· What are the objectives of this course?

The MA Art Therapy is approved by The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is situated in the vibrant School of Creative Arts. The programme offers opportunities for students to develop their artistic identities in tandem with receiving a through training in the skills and knowledge required for safe therapeutic practice. Students attend placements throughout the course and develop their professional skills through clinical supervision, reflective practice groups and by articulating their practice in writing, research and multi-media presentations. Focusing on the public sector, placements range from adult and child mental health, rehabilitation, palliative care, learning disabilities, forensic settings and schools.

· Who is it intended for?

The qualification leads to an award that is recognised for professional registration purposes by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Career opportunities vary from work in the NHS, social services, the voluntary sector and increasingly in main stream education. Art Therapists frequently work on a sessional basis or part time in a range of settings. Students receive lectures and workshops on entrepreneurial skills such as fundraising, setting up new services and how to market themselves post-qualification.

· Requirements

The programme welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

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5.0 17/10/2018
What I would highlight: The University has given the best of everything. The courses are excellent, accommodations are good and placement cells are doing great. I feel the value for the money I paid. Its great to be here.
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5.0 09/09/2018
What I would highlight: I had no good experience here for they have nightlife full of fun and Iam no drinker. I felt courses very dull. Being far away from home and on top of that nothing to do here was a great depression for me. Hertfordshire is though a decent university providing good facilities to its students but I personally didn't like being here.
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5.0 09/09/2018
What I would highlight: Check out the university and accommodation before you arrive at making friends before will help you.
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5.0 06/08/2018
What I would highlight: They provide resources online or in the library where you can have support through study skills sessions.
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Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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Diana Gonzales
5.0 17/10/2016
What I would highlight: Their exams are so easy that to faily you have to miss the exam. otherwsie they will pass you .
What could be improved: nothing to improve
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Art design
Arts management
MA Art

Course programme


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Creative Enterprise and Context - 15 Credits
  • Research and Enquiry - 15 Credits
  • Art Therapy Practice Part 2 - 60 Credits
  • Art Therapy Practice 1 - 60 Credits
  • Discourse and Reflection: Art Therapy - 30 Credits
  • Experiential Training 1 - 15 Credits
  • Experiential Training 2 - 15 Credits
  • Experiential Training 3 - 30 Credits
  • Creative Economies - 15 Credits
  • Research and Enquiry - 15 Credits
  • Developing Art Therapy 3 - 15 Credits
  • Consolidating Art Therapy - 60 Credits
  • Introduction to Art Therapy - 60 Credits
  • Developing Art Therapy 1 - 15 Credits
  • Audio Programming - 30 Credits

  • Research and Enquiry (Online) - 15 Credits
  • Creative Economies (Online) - 15 Credits
Teaching methods

The learning experience offers clinical, theoretical and artistic opportunities and is comprised of the following areas of study:

Theory and Research

Lectures and seminars focus on psychodynamic principles, current practice and research. They provide the theoretical framework for understanding the context in which art therapy is currently practiced and researched. Excellent tutorial support is offered.

Experiential Groups

A range of workshops and groups explore group processes and develop the student’s understanding of effective, creative and safe practice.

Studio practice is a key aspect of the programme. Students can access a number of facilities within the School such as ceramics and photography studios as well as the dedicated art therapy spaces.

Clinical Placement and Supervision

Students undertake 120 days of clinical placement on the course. Supervision is a key component of this. Clinical supervision is provided on the placement whilst reflective practice groups are held by experienced clinical supervisors at the university. The programme holds the view that a range of clinical experience is necessary whilst studying in order to maximise the student's employment prospects.​

Additional information

International Students  Full time £8985 for the 2018/2019 academic year

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