• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


  • Graduate with the eligibility to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.
  • Become eligible to apply for full membership of the British Association of Art Therapists.
  • Gain first-hand, practical experience of clinical art therapy practice.
  • Develop your clinical reasoning and professional identity, and integrate your learning from all areas of the course through Independent Scholarship
  • See some examples of the imagery our students created as part of their independant scholarship that formed the MA Art Therapy Exhibition 2017; and imagery from our MA in Art Therapy annual environment sculpture project - Big Wood.


The Art Therapy course at University of Derby can lead you to a career in areas such as mental health, education, the prison service, social services and the voluntary sector, as well as in private practice (following gaining additional post training clinical experience), and increasingly, in business. 


‌The course is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and recognised by the British Association of Art Therapists.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Art Therapy Clinical Placement One
  • Art Therapy Studio
  • Art Therapy Clinical Placement Two
  • Art Therapy Experiential Group
  • Arts Therapies Independent Scholarship: A Body of Work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree, either:

  • BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies

  • a degree in the visual arts, or

  • an undergraduate degree in other related areas, such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing and have a sound current folio of artwork.

You'll also need:

  • around one year's full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience which may be voluntary work.

  • to be able to show you've got sufficient life experience and emotional maturity, as well as having the intellectual capacity, to cope with the demands of the course.

  • if you're first language is not English, you'll need to have IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6756 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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UK/EU £950 per 20 credits

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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