Course dates

Monday 18 Oct 2021
6-8pm | 28 weeks

Course overview

This 28 week, in-depth short course is a practical and theoretical introduction to Art Psychotherapy in the UK, on which you will experience how art therapy works as a tool for self-reflection.

The course is suitable for people interested in training as an art therapist, as well as those looking for a stand-alone course. It is facilitated by state-registered Art Psychotherapists, and features eight visiting tutors who offer extensive experience from this diverse profession. You will learn about core art psychotherapy theory, professional contexts, and hear examples of sensitive case material from a range of art therapy practices. Case material and clinical contexts will include work with adults, adolescents, and children from a diverse range of organisations, approaches, and services.

You will also gain first-hand experience of artmaking in workshop sessions, and participate in a small ten-week experiential art therapy group.

Tutors and visiting speakers are all practising Art Psychotherapists. During the first and third terms, they will draw on their varied clinical experience to illustrate the process of Art Psychotherapy. The second term consists of a practical Art Psychotherapy experience led by course tutors.

You will receive an authorised certificate of attendance on completion of the course. The certificate is not a qualification to practise and does not guarantee acceptance to postgraduate training.

Covid-19 Update

Please note due to the Covid19 pandemic the Autumn term 2020 will run online and sessions will be delivered using zoom video conferencing software (free to download). Students will need to be able to access zoom, and a confidential private space to join the sessions from. Due to the sensitive nature of the material discussed in sessions we will ask students to sign a confidentiality agreement when the course starts to confirm that they have this in place.

Our aim is that in January we will be able to return to face to face working in a socially distanced way following college procedures, for the duration of the spring and summer terms. In the event of changing advice due to the Covid19 situation, if this is not possible, we will continue to offer the course provision online.



Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Monday 18 Oct 2021
6-8pm | 28 weeks


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Course structure

Term one will focus on theory, context and psychological development. You will gain a deep understanding of Art Psychotherapy through discussion with classmates, and through your own relationship with artmaking. This term will be composed of lectures, explorative artmaking and group discussion.

Term two offers a ten-week experiential art therapy group. This is a unique opportunity to experience Art Psychotherapy as a live learning experience. This radical approach will allow you to learn through discussion and shared experiences of art-making. These sessions will be facilitated by art psychotherapists highly experienced in running exploratory groups.

Term three will also offer composed of lectures, explorative artmaking and group discussion, and will focus on exploring different approaches to Art Psychotherapy.

During the course, you will be asked to keep a reflective journal, and to use artmaking as a way of developing your own learning journey. The course will conclude with a review of artworks made during students' time at Goldsmiths, allowing you to consolidate your shared learning experience through visual reflection and group discussion.

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