How to become an art therapist
You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.
You'll need to complete a postgraduate qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Full time postgraduate courses normally take 2 years to complete. Part time courses take 3 years.
You should have a degree in art or creative therapies to do a postgraduate course.
You may be able to apply if you've got a degree in a related subject, for example psychology, nursing or social work.
You'll usually need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to do an arts therapist degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need a qualification or experience in art, drama or music to apply.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- entry requirements vary
To get a job as an art therapist, you'll need paid or volunteering experience with:
- community arts projects
- youth work
- people with disabilities or mental health issues
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
You could try an introduction or foundation course in art therapy to give you an idea of what the work is like.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the British Association of Art Therapists for access to professional development and networking opportunities.
You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.