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Course summary

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  • Engage in art-making while studying psychotherapeutic approaches.
  • Gain valuable experience on a work placement as part of the course.
  • Develop the transferable skills you need to practise effectively and ethically.
  • Help people in psychological distress and change their lives for the better.
This is a hands-on, experiential course which develops your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. You’ll learn how to work as a professional art therapist in sometimes complex and unpredictable settings – within the public, mental health, education, voluntary or independent sectors. You'll graduate with the skills and eligibility to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) status. This course is open to applications received from Monday 31 January 2022 to 5pm on Friday 29 April 2022. Applications received outside these times won't be considered. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. On this course you’ll learn directly from HCPC-registered art therapists, engaging with real-world practice throughout. Our staff integrate art-making into theory teaching – experiential art-making is a core feature of the course. You’ll be encouraged to create a wide variety of art to reflect on, and to learn about working as an art therapist in a classroom or studio context. You learn through
  • art-making in fully-equipped learning spaces
  • a mix of individual and group sessions
  • experiential creative groups
  • workshops
  • placements
  • field trips, such as visits to exhibitions
  • practice-based learning
Alongside art-making, you’ll learn about client-centred approaches in psychotherapy – enabling you to use models to adapt to different service settings. You’ll experience an integrated placement which runs throughout the course. You’ll also have access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development. **Applied learning Work placements** Your placement is a valuable part of your course – key to the development of your skills and personal resilience as an art therapist. Placements are integrated throughout both the part-time and full-time routes, either one or two days a week. They’re provided across different sectors and you’ll be supported by an onsite placement supervisor. Networking opportunities There are multiple opportunities to network with industry professionals and peers alike. We regularly host visiting guest lecturers – including other art therapists, researchers and service users. There are further opportunities for students to collaborate with tutors to visit or present at art therapy conferences. Field trips In each year of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to take field trips and visits to art exhibitions or art therapy venues. You’ll also have the opportunity to exhibit your own work – both in physical exhibitions and online.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Year 1 Compulsory modules Art Therapy Practice Experience A (Ft) Evaluating Research Methodologies 15 Professional Practice 15 Professional Reflective Practice Through Supervision 15 Theoretical Approaches To Art Therapy Practice (Art Therapy Theories) 20 Training Groups And Reflective Practice (Art Therapy Studios) 20 Understanding Complexity In Practice 15 Final year Compulsory modules Art Therapy Practice Experience B (Ft) Art Therapy Thresholds 20 Evaluating Complexity In Practice 15 Professional Practice 15 Professional Reflective Practice Through Supervision 15


Entry requirements

To apply for the course, you must normally have a degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant area, such as Fine Art, Arts Therapies, Humanities, Psychology or Social Sciences. Whatever degree you have, all applicants are expected to have a portfolio of current art work at the time of application that demonstrates a continuing interest in art making. You will be asked to submit examples of artwork as part of the application process. Applications from professionals working in caring professions such as Social Workers, Nurses and Teachers, are also welcome. All applicants need to show evidence of relevant pre-courses experience in a related field. It is also an entry requirement that applicants must have, at the time of application, at least a year’s experience of paid or voluntary work in a caring setting. (The BAAT web pages state that this should be the equivalent of a year's full-time work but can be accumulated over a longer period.) If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration. Helping your application succeed: Experience: Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required for the profession at your interview. Reference: You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

Please click the following link to find out more about English language requirements for this course

https://www.shu.ac.uk/Courses/Health-and-social-care-management/MA-Art-Psychotherapy-Practice/Part-time/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Our postgraduate fees vary depending on course, level and mode of study. Each postgraduate course page tells you how much the tuition fees are, and what additional costs you might have to budget for during your studies. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Art Psychotherapy Practice at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS