How to become an art therapist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- 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:
- a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship
You'll need paid or voluntary experience in community arts projects or youth work, or experience of working with people with disabilities or mental health issues.
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
You could try an introductory 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.