Art making and art psychotherapy ADED11385E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is for students to consolidate what they have learned and experienced from the credit course Introduction to Art Psychotherapy ADED1054E. The course will develop their understanding of the relationship between art making and wellbeing with 'hands on' experience of making and discussing art in a group setting.


Block 1

Tuesdays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry

Students must have completed the Short Courses' course Introduction to Art Therapy or Introduction to Art Psychotherapy (ADED1054E) before undertaking this course.

Excluded Courses





The student will be assessed on an oral presentation and on their contribution to class discussions on specific artists and art movements.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Develop art making to explore identity and feelings.

■ Reinforce understanding through art making and group discussions how unconscious material becomes manifest through creative self-expression and how this relates to the Art Psychotherapy profession.

■ Expand psychodynamic capacity to work with others creatively.

■ Further personal capacity and portfolio to advance onto the postgraduate MScs in art psychotherapy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate the relationship between clients, art making and art work, and the art therapist.

■ Critically analyse their self-reflection to understand the therapeutic process and expand psychodynamic capacity.

■ Compare and contrast differing methods and approaches regarding various client groups.

■ Practically demonstrate their understanding of theory within the group dynamic.

■ Strengthen their appreciation of the differences, and connections, between art as recreational, art that is therapeutic and art therapy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.