Welcome to ECArTE


ECArTE is delighted to announce the sixteenth ECArTE conference


Shaping Connections in the Arts Therapies



September 22nd to 25th September 2021

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Vilnius Academy of Arts



The home of Arts Therapies Education in Europe

ECArTE is a consortium of Universities, which was founded in 1991 and currently comprises 34 member institutions from 13 European countries. It is a non-profit organisation, which was established with the support of ERASMUS.

The primary purpose of ECArTE is to rep­resent and encourage the development of the Arts Therapies at a European level, in particular courses offering nationally-validated and professionally-recognised education for Arts Therapists. (The Arts Therapies include art therapy, dance-movement therapy, dramatherapy and music therapy).

ECArTE was founded in 1991 by the Universities of Hertfordshire, Münster, Nijmegen and Paris.

The Consortium's work includes:

  • Creating stronger European links in the Arts Therapies through the international exchange of staff and students
  • Promoting research into methods of Arts Therapies practice within Europe
  • Working towards opportunities for international study and exchange in Arts Therapies training programmes
  • Promoting recognition of qualifications in the Arts Therapies at a European level
  • Supporting the development of appropriate, academically recognised,
  • nationally validated Higher Education courses for the Arts Therapies
  • publishing academic texts on current trends, philosophies and research in international Arts Therapies
  • Offering opportunities for professional communication at its international conferences.

Find out more about ECArTE here.


Imagining Windmills

Trust, Truth and the Unknown in the Arts Therapies

A short film made by David Gamella about the 15th ECArTE conference at the University of Alcala de Henares, Spain, September 2019