Art Psychotherapy is an established profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Treatment settings include psychiatry; adult and child psychotherapy, physical and learning disability services, special and mainstream education, services for the elderly and palliative care.

Art Psychotherapy is generally practiced in the public sector with clients who are socially and economically disadvantaged. It is an intervention which addresses psychological distress and is concerned with the ways in which psychotherapeutic art making can contribute to beneficial psychological change.

Please note: although a start date is specified in the Course Overview box opposite, this may not represent the actual start date. For confirmation of start date, please contact the staff member named on the Key Details tab on this page.

About the Course

The Introduction to Art Psychotherapy Short Course will introduce students to the practice of art psychotherapy through lectures, seminars and participation in an art-based interpersonal learning group. The course will build awareness of the history and development of art psychotherapy and introduce students to some of the key theories informing current practice. Reading materials (articles and reading lists) will be provided. Workshops will offer students the opportunity to work experientially and share experiences whilst exploring key themes pertinent to art psychotherapy practice. All art materials and arts equipment will be provided for the workshops.

Course structure

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.


The course will be of interest and benefit to all those interested in the arts and those working in health, social care and education. Completion of the course will provide students, wishing to progress to further training, with a good general introduction to art psychotherapy.

Professional registration

Please note that this is a non-qualifying course and  does not allow persons to practice as an "Art Therapist" or "Art Psychotherapist" or use these legally protected titles. If you are interested in progressing to the professionally accredited training programme please have a look at the QMU webpage.

Key details

Outcomes: Certificate of attendance

Start date: October 2017

Duration: Over four weekends

  • Weekend 1 - 28th and 29th October 2017
  • Weekend 2 - 9th and 10th December 2017
  • Weekend 3 - 27th and 28th January 2018
  • Weekend 4 - 10th and 11th March 2018

Location/Attendance: At QMU

Delivery: Face-to-face teaching

Fees: £760 or £450* (*unemployed or students). Payment can be made by card to QMU's Finance Office on tel: 0131 474 0000 (state the course details). Alternatively, you can ask them for bank transfer details - please quote your full name, the name of the course and year of study for reference if paying by this method. 

Fee Waiver: N/A


Application process: Applications should be made via our online application form.

 For further information, including application process, please contact: Fenella Hodgson ( on tel: 0131 474 0000

Academic Disabled Student Co-ordinator: Fenella Hodgson, 

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Course Overview

Over 4 weekends
Start Date
October 2017
Study Abroad
Fees & Funding