ECArTE Full Member


London: Goldsmiths College, University of London


Course Title: MA in Art Psychotherapy

Duration: Two years full-time or three years part-time

Entry Requirements:

• BA degree usually in Visual Arts

•  at least one year’s experience or 1,500 hours pre-application experience working with people in a helping capacity.

•  some knowledge of field of art therapy

•  some experience of personal therapy and/or experiential workshops


Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The MA in Art Psychotherapy draws on contemporary visual art practice, art history, visual culture, social, political, psychoanalytic, group analytic and systems theory. Key philosophers and theoreticians include: Berger, Fuller, Storr, Freud, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, Ogden, Bowlby, Foulkes, Agazarian, Yalom, Elias, Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Marx.


Course Content:

This programme provides training in the theory and practice of art psychotherapy. Learning happens experientially through supervised clinical practice, art practice, personal therapy and participation in small and large art psychotherapy groups. These are grounded in critical, theoretical study of psychodynamic concepts, art theory, group analysis and social, political and cultural theory. Students develop self-knowledge and understanding of interpersonal and social dynamics. The course examines the role of art psychotherapy within multi-disciplinary teams in different institutional settings and in its social and political context, emphasizing the importance of working with questions of difference, equality and diversity. The programme qualifies you to practice as an art therapist with adults or children. Successful completion confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.


Qualification Awarded: MA in Art Psychotherapy

Language: All modules are taught in English


Student Exchange Opportunities:

Goldsmiths College is currently unable to offer any student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities.

The college is able to offer a clinical placement opportunity in Art Therapy for ECArTE member students. The likely length of the placement would be a minimum of one term between January and March.


Current Research:

Key Publications post 2010

Gilroy, A. (2011) Art Therapy Research in Practice, Peter Lang

 Gilroy A. Tipple R. and Brown, C. eds. (2012) Assessment in Art Therapy, Routledge

Jones, K (2010) ‘Art Fer A Pee: A randomized controlled trial of group based art therapy as an adjunctive treatment for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. In: Gilroy, A. (ed.) Art therapy research into practice. Berne: Peter Lang.

Jones, K. (2010) The iron cage of bureaucracy: Art therapy in Britain 2010. In: Forestier, R. (ed.) The profession of art therapist. Elsevier-Masson: Paris.

Jones, K. (2013) The independent group in British psychoanalysis. In: Dryden, W., Reeves, A. (eds.) The handbook of individual psychotherapy. London: Sage.

Skaife, S.  (2010)  Maps and Mess: Research on a Women’s Art Therapy Group. In  Gilroy, A. (ed) Art Therapy Research into Practice London:Peter Lang

Skaife, S (2013) 2013 ‘Black and White: Applying Derrida to contradictory experiences in an art therapy group for victims of torture’. Group Analysis. Sage Publications.

Skaife, S and Jones, K. (2016) ‘The impact of the Art Therapy Large Group, and educational method in the training of art therapists, on post qualification professional practice’, The International Journal of Art Therapy: formerly Inscape,

Tipple, R. (2014) Thinking about children’s art production in assessment settings – developing a more socially orientated hermeneutic. ATOL: Art Therapy onLine Vol5 Issue 1.

Tipple, R. 2011 ‘Art therapy and diagnostic assessment’. In ‘Art therapy research in practice’. (ed.) Gilroy, A. Bern: Peter Lang A G, International Academic Publishers.

Westwood, J. (2015) ‘Art therapy in Great Britain’. In The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Art Therapy edited by David Gussak and Marcia Rosal USA: Wiley Blackwell Publishers.

Linnell, S. & Westwood, J. (2013) Arteterapia: od teorii do terapii. Podrecznik przedmiotu: Art Therapy: from theory to therapy in Course Guide, Editors: B. Loza, A. Chmielnicka-Plaskota & T. Rudowski Publisher: Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej 55-60, Poland.

Westwood, J. (2012) Hybrid Creatures: Mapping the emerging shape of art therapy education in Australia, including reflections on New Zealand and Singapore. The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy, 7(1), 15-25.

Westwood, J., & Linnell, S. (2011) The emergence of Australian art therapies: Colonial legacies and hybrid practices. ATOL: Art Therapy On Line, 1(3). Goldsmiths: UK, ISSN 2044-7221

Research Collaboration:

Goldsmiths College is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE members. See publications above for staff research interests.  In addition – art therapy with victims of torture, refugees and asylum seekers; art therapy with patients given a borderline personality diagnosis; art therapy education.

Professional Association

Professional association:  British Association of Art Therapists

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Professional Body or Ministry

Students are obliged to register with the in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Code of Ethics:

Health and Care Professions Council


Contact details:

Contact person:   Dr Sally Skaife

Senior Lecturer Art Psychotherapy


Postal address: 

Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (StaCS)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Lewisham Way

London SE14 6NW


Telephone number: 0207 919 7598

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