ECArTE Full Member


Berlin: Weissensee School of Art

            (Kunsttherapie Berlin)


Course Title: MA in Art Therapy

Duration: Three years part- time

Entry Requirements:

- a minimum age of 25 years

- 1st degree (BA, MA) in Visual Arts, or in educational, social or psychological studies

- at least one year’s experience working with people

- artistic experience demonstrated in a portfolio


Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The MA in Art Therapy is informed by fine art practice, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic and group analytic theory, developmental psychology and art therapy theory. Key authors include: Kramer, Rubin, Lachman-Chapin, Dannecker, Waller, Gilroy, Schaverien; Freud, Klein, Kernberg, Fonagy, Lacan, Spitz, Bion, Winnicott, Bowlby, Yalom; Langer, Merleau Ponty and others.


Course Content:

This MA programme trains students in the theory and practice of art therapy. Experiential learning happens through supervised clinical practice, art practice, personal therapy and participation in experiential art therapy training groups, focussing on the self-exploration of intersubjective, group dynamic and aesthetic dynamics. The course qualifies students to practise art therapy reflectively within multi-disciplinary teams in a broad range of institutional settings with diverse populations.


Qualification Awarded: MA in Art Therapy

Language: All modules are taught in German


Student Exchange Opportunities:

The MA programme in Art Therapy at Weissensee School of Art is currently able to to offer student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities when there are Erasmus agreeements between the schools. The programme contents must be comparable. It is only possible for a few seminars, because we have ongoing subjects like experiential groups which require continous participation throughout the training.

Clinical placement opportunities in Art Therapy for ECArTE member students are subject to negotiation.


Staff Exchange Opportunities:

Staff exchanges are in operation or under development with various universities in the EU via ERASMUS and the US.


Current Research:

Current research interests and projects include:

‘The efficacy of art therapy for people with acute schizophrenia’; ‘Outsider art’; ‘The role of vision in art therapy with adolescents in psychiatry’; ‘The role of the initial picture in art therapy with psychosomatic patients’; ‘Art therapy with the congenitally blind’; ‘New media and animated film in art therapy with adolescents’.


Key Publications:

Dannecker, K. (1994) Kunst, Symbol und Seele - Thesen zur Kunsttherapie; Peter Lang, Frankfurt/M., Bern, New York, (3rd  Edition 2000)

Dannecker, Karin (2003) Internationale Perspektiven der Kunsttherapie (Hrsg.), Graz, Nausner & Nausner 

Dannecker, Karin (2006) Psyche und Ästhetik. Die Transformationen der Kunsttherapie, Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Berlin ( 2nd Edition 2010)

Dannecker, Karin (2012) KunstAußenseiterKunst (edited with Wolfram Voigländer),

Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Berlin

Dannecker, Karin (2014) Warum Kunst? (Edited with Uwe Herrmann),

Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Berlin, Berlin

Herrmann, Uwe (2000) Mein eigenes Haus. Kunsttherapie als Psychotherapie für Kinder und Jugendliche mit NCL, in: NCL. Zur Lebenssituation von blinden Kindern und Heranwachsenden mit einer unheilbaren Abbauerkrankung. Landesbildungszentrum für Blinde/VZFB, Hannover

Herrmann, Uwe (2003) Kunsttherapie und geistige Behinderung: Positionen in Großbritannien und den USA, in: Dannecker, K., (ed).: Internationale Perspektiven der Kunsttherapie, Nausner & Nausner, Graz

Herrmann, Uwe (2010) Braucht das Selbst ein Bild? in: M. Wendlandt-Baumeister, R. Bolle, P. Sinapius (eds.), Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Kunsttherapie, Peter Lang, Bern

Herrmann, Uwe (2011) A Tangible Reflection: A single case studiy into body image development in art psychotherapy with a congenitally blind client, in: A. Gilroy (ed.) Art Therapy Research in Practice, Peter Lang, Bern


Research Collaboration:

The Weissensee Master programme welcomes collaboration and research activities with other ECArTE members. For current research interests and projects see above.


Professional Association:

Name of association: DFKGT (Deutscher Fachverband für Kunst- und Gestaltungstherapie e.V.)

Email address:

The registration with DFKGT is strongly recommended by the university, though under current German law it is not compuslory to practice after graduating.

Professional Body or Ministry:

The course is an accredited university Master programme under the Berlin Senate for Science and Culture.

Code of Ethics:

According to the university code of ethics and standards as laid out by the professional association DFKGT.


Contact details:

Contact persons: Prof Dr. Karin Dannecker, programme leader;

                               Prof Dr. Uwe Herrmann

Postal address: Kunsttherapie Berlin, Schönstraße 90, 13086 Berlin, Germany

Telephone number: ++49-(0)30-9628-4550

University website:

Email addresses:





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