Short Course

Introduction to Art Psychotherapy

This Introduction to Art Psychotherapy 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.

This course will run entirely dependent upon required number of students

Introduction to Art Psychotherapy: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

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.

The Introduction to Art Psychotherapy Short Course will introduce students to the practice of art psychotherapy. 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. Workshops will offer students the opportunity to work experientially and share experiences whilst exploring key themes pertinent to art psychotherapy practice.


Certificate of attendance.

NB 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 course please have a look at the MSc Art Psychotherapy webpage

How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over four weekends at the QMU Campus, Musselburgh. All weekends run 10am - 5pm.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will learn through lectures, seminars and participation in an art-based interpersonal learning group.

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.

Students are required to submit a 2000 word assignment. The aim of the assignment is to consolidate your learning throughout the course.

Start date

4 February – May 2023

The course is delivered over four weekends and you will be required to attend QMU on the following dates:

  • 4 & 5 February
  • 4 & 5 March
  • 1 & 2 April
  • 6 & 7 May

Introduction to Art Psychotherapy: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements.

Fees for 2023 entry: £875 (£630 concession). 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 

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

More information and QMU contacts

For further information, including application process, please contact the Art Psychotherapy team.

Visit the Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies webpages

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Course Overview

Over 4 weekends
Start Date
February 2023
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