Introduction to art psychotherapy (online) ADED11987E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Art psychotherapy is a psychological therapy that uses art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a trained art psychotherapist. The course will outline the key theoretical orientations within art psychotherapy and will present case examples of art psychotherapy work in practice with a variety of client groups and settings. Learning will be facilitated through lectures, case presentations, group discussions and written submissions. This course is an ideal introduction to art psychotherapy, especially for anyone working with vulnerable people, including teachers/classroom assistants, social workers, support workers and community-based workers. It is also ideal for those with a general curiosity about art psychotherapy or with an interest in applying for an MSc in Art Psychotherapy. It is important to note that this course does not qualify students to practice art psychotherapy.


Block 3


10 weeks


Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (1500 words) from a choice of titles (75%); Oral presentation (25%) approximately 10 minutes. Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose circumstances would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the oral presentation. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the underlying theories, principles, and practices of art psychotherapy

■ Offer knowledge to individuals and professionals of art psychotherapy in practice, from a trained art psychotherapist

■ Provide an understanding of what is involved in studying on a Postgraduate Diploma Training scheme recognised by the British Association of Art Therapists

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Explain the relationship between client, artwork, and therapist

■ Recognise the importance of self-reflection and awareness in the understanding of the therapeutic process

■ Identify and recognise differing methods of approach with various client groups, and identify the difference between art as recreation, art that is therapeutic and art psychotherapy.

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.