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    I’m currently a student in my third year of university studying BA(Hons) Photography. Even though I do enjoy photography, I really want to be an art therapist in the future. My problem is that when I leave University, I want to go on the MA Course in either Roehampton or Goldsmiths to study art psychotherapy. These courses ask for a lot of requirements, so I know i’m in a bad starting position to begin with. Apparently, I need to build up a portfolio and get some work experience… which is kind of none existence to me right now.



    Although, my other alternative, is to join an Art Therapy Foundation year which both of these universities offer. Which is great for me because within that year I could build up a portfolio and gather some hours of work experience. However, I’m not entirely sure how the foundation course works, because I want to move to London to study.. does student finance still support Foundation courses? Also I would have to sort out accommodation and not going to lie, it’s all stressing me out haha.



    I just don’t know where to start and even if I do get accepted to the foundation course, do i need to prepare for an interview? are they expecting to see me with much experience? because this is the problem I have.



    I’d love some advice. Thank you


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    The art therapy foundation isn't an actual foundation qualification if you get what I mean so it won't be supported by student finance, nor would the MA. You're already starting on a great foot by doing an art degree first. The MA's only take mature students so my advice would be to get a job that counts as valid experience, for example, working with a vulnerable group. You can do this and save while also building your portfolio. The art therapy foundation is only a week long if you do the BAAT (british association of art therapists) one so it won't take much time at all. If you know this is what you really want to do I think you just need your experience. If you can't find full time employment with vulnerable people you can always volunteer for a bit but it looks better in your application if it's consistant rather than a month here and there.

    The foundation is just for people who want to get a better idea of what art therapy is, you don't need any experience or an interview cos it's there for people to get that intial idea of the profession. Good luck! I hope this has helped!
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    You're already buidling up your portfolio now by doing your photography degree which is great so try not to think that you're in a bad starting position
 
 
 
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