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Hi there, I'm currently at college studying Art and Design. I have decided after much research and general knowledge that I'd like to become an Art Therapist. However, I was wondering if anyone knew the requirements for this.. I have tried to research but not found a clear answer.Would I need a Masters Degree? What would I need to go on to study? Could I do it through the Open University..?Many thanks in advance!
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What is called Art Therapist is art psychotherapist. It's regulated by the HCPC. It's not immediately obvious from BAAT what you need apart from a master's degree in it. Looking at some jobspecs on NHS jobs doesn't shed any more light either.

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...d-training-art
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(Original post by catsbooksandtea)
Hi there, I'm currently at college studying Art and Design. I have decided after much research and general knowledge that I'd like to become an Art Therapist. However, I was wondering if anyone knew the requirements for this.. I have tried to research but not found a clear answer.Would I need a Masters Degree? What would I need to go on to study? Could I do it through the Open University..?Many thanks in advance!
Hi,

I have found a good place to start is through the link below, this details that you need a mixture of professional experience in the therapy or healthcare field alongside sufficient education in Art or an associated field. A good example of such a course is Art and Psychology (Undergraduate – available at a few Universities), and then followed by specific Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) accredited development courses (such as a master's in Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy) to qualify you to work in this field.

To find our more, I would suggest potentially speaking to art therapists who currently work in the field (in an area you are interested in – such as Art Therapy in Education, Prison or Reform), to learn more about how they got into the field and how you could follow in their footsteps.
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...d-training-art

I hope this helps,

Tom 😊
Final Year Psychology Student and Student Ambassador.
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