ECArTE Full Member


MSH Medical School Hamburg,

University of Applied Sciences and Medical University


Course Title: Intermedial Art Therapy (M.A.)

Duration: Two-year full-time; three-year part-time

Entry requirements:

For entrance into the programmeme, a professional university degree is required in one of the following subjects: psychology, special education/therapeutic pedagogy, social work, educational science, medicine, nursing, theology or a related discipline such as art, music or design (diploma/BA); state-recognised bachelor’s degrees in art therapies such as art and music therapy are also accepted.

Applicants with outstanding artistic experience may be accepted in an individual assessment.

All applicants have to pass a qualification test regarding their artistic competences.


Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The Department of Arts, Health and Society at MSH Medical School Hamburg provides two Masters Programmes and one Bachelor Programme focusing on applied arts in different social contexts: „Innovative Change Processes“ (MA), „Intermedial Art Therapy“ (Expressive Arts) (MA) and „Expressive Arts in Social Transformation“ (EAST) (BA). The focus in all courses is on an intermedial artistic practice that involves not only the visual arts, but also the other arts like music, dance or poetry. It bases on a solution-oriented practice.

The programme „Intermedial Art Therapy“ is centered around visual design and artistic expression as well as therapeutic-educational competences. The inner linkages between types of art will be expressly incorporated into the programme as well as problems linked with health and education that arise in particular due to growing shifts in today’s society.

You are a trained psychologist or doctor, or you deal with sick people in some other professional capacity. In this programme, you will gain an in-depth understanding of healing processes and how to offer sustained support to your patients. Using the skills you gain in this programme, you will be able to use different artistic media in a complementary process to therapy, address patients effectively, activate healing powers, and identify paths to sustainable healing and solutions.


In this programme, you will learn:

How to get a clear idea of the patient’s condition and how to approach his/her situation in a targeted fashion;

How to use art therapy interventions for activating patients;

To make use of the available resources and foster them to the patients’ benefit so that the artistic inclinations that arise can contribute to overcoming disorders and achieving lifelong meaning;

To identify sustainable paths to health and recovery;

To independently design art therapy projects, and implement them or offer them in the context of a corresponding sponsorship.


Course Content:

Art therapy - framework conditions

-  M 1 Introduction to Intermedia Arts Therapy

-  M 2 Science Theory and Methodology

Aesthetics and intermediality I

-  M 3 Intermedial practice I: Visual Arts 1

-  M 4 Intermedia Practice II: Visual Arts 2

-  M 5 Aesthetics I: Philosophy of Aesthetics

-  M 9 Intermedial practice III - Dance

-  M 10 Aesthetics II: Social Sculpture and Performative Aesthetics

-  M 12 Intermedial practice IV - Poetry

-  M 17 Intermedial practice V - Music

-  M 18 Aesthetics III: art as a social space

-  M 29 Artistic Portfolio and Supervision

Intersubjectivity and ethics in art therapy

-  M 11 The therapeutic relationship

-  M 13 Therapeutic conversation

-  M 16 Ethics in Art Therapy

Art therapy in clinical application fields

-  M 6 Psychology

-  M 7 Psychosomatics

-  M 8 Psychiatry

-  M 14 Prevention, coping, rehabilitation

-  M 15 Diagnostics

Therapy planning

-  M 19 Therapy planning I: art therapy interventions

-  M 20 Therapy planning II: Interdisciplinary collaboration

Professional profiling

-  M 21 Project Management

-  M 22 Personality and professional role

-   M 23 Presentation professional concept

-  M 25 Therapeutic Group Supervision

-  M 27 Supervision

-  M26 Internship

-  M 28 Professional development concept


- M 24 Research Colloquium

- M 30 Master's Thesis and Oral Examination


Qualification Awarded:  M.A. in Intermedial Art Therapy.

Language:  German


Student Exchange Opportunities:

The university can offer student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities under the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme

The university can offer clinical placement opportunities for ECArTE member students in art therapy.


Current Research:

Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies:


Sinapius, P., Ganß, M. (Hrsg.) (2007): Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Kunsttherapie, Band 1: Grundlagen, Modelle und Beispiele kunsttherapeutischer Dokumentation. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Peter Lang.

Ganß, M. (2009): Demenz-Kunst und Kunsttherapie – Künstlerisches Gestalten zwischen Genius und Defizit. Frankfurt am Main: Mabuse Verlag

Ganß, M., Narr, B. (Hrsg.) (2010): Alt und Jung im Pflegeheim – Intergenerative Projekte mit Malen, Werken und Theater. Frankfurt am Main: Mabuse Verlag

Sinapius, P. (2007): Therapie als Bild - Das Bild als Therapie / Grundlagen einer künstlerischen Therapie, mit einem Vorwort von Peer de Smit. 2. durchgesehene Auflage. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Peter Lang.

Sinapius, P. (Hrsg.) (2008): Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Kunsttherapie, Band 2: Ganß, M., Sinapius, P., de Smit, P.: „Ich seh dich so gern sprechen“ – Sprache im Bezugsfeld von Praxis und Dokumentation künstlerischer Therapien. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Peter Lang.

Sinapius, P. (Hg.) (2009): "So will ich sein" / Krankheitsbewältigung bei Krebs - Bilder aus der Kunsttherapie. Köln: Claus Richter Verlag

Sinapius, P., Wendlandt-Baumeister, M., Bolle, R. (Hrsg.) (2010): Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Kunsttherapie, Band 3: Sinapius, P., Wendlandt-Baumeister, M., Niemann, A., Bolle, R..: „Bildtheorie und Bildpraxis der Kunsttherapie“. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Peter Lang.

Sinapius, P. (2010): Ästhetik therapeutischer Beziehungen - Therapie als ästhetische Praxis. Aachen: Shaker Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-8322-9627-8

Sinapius, P., Wendlandt-Baumeister, M., Gruber, H. (Hrsg.) (2011): Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Kunsttherapie, Band 4: Sinapius, P., Niemann, A.: „Das Dritte in Kunst und Therapie“. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Peter Lang

Sinapius, P. (2013): "Wie ist es, eine Farbe zu sein?" - Über Kunst und Liebe, das Schweigen und die Gegenwart. Frank & Timme

Sonntag, J. (2013): Demenz und Atmosphäre. Musiktherapie als ästhetische Arbeit. Frankfurt: Mabuse


Sinapius, P. (2007): „Art as the centre of art therapies education”, in: Sarah Scoble (ed.): „European Arts Therapies. Grounding the Vision to advance theory and practice“, University of Plymouth Press, S. 64 - 69

Sinapius, P. (2008): The Self is an Image. The Metamorphosis of the Image in Art and Art Therapy. In: poiesis – a journal of the arts and communication, volume ten, 2008. S. 92 - 105

Sinapius, P. (2012): What Is It Like Io Be a Colour? A Philosophical Approach to Aesthetic Responsibility. poiesis – a journal of the arts and communication, volume fourteen, 2012. 124-131

Sinapius, P. (2013): Art Therapy in Prisons. In: Mental Health and Addiction in Prisons. Edited by the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. 69-72


Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

The academic programmes are accompanied by a research institute, which is active in the areas of health promotion and art, perceptual and sensory research and aesthetics as well as organisation development.

Currently the Department of Arts, Health and Society is running the following research projects in arts therapies:

- Development of a model for social participation of people with dementia in museums. In cooperation with the Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg/ Germany. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

- Development of a programme to increase the perception of employees in emergency services. A project by the "International Institute for Subjective Experience and Research“, funded by the Björn-Steiger-Stiftung und Klinikum Itzehoe.

- Basic studies: „Artistic Research“ – in Cooperation with Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schmid (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Ottersberg)

Professional Association:

Name of association: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Künstlerische Therapieformen e.V. (DGKT)

Web address:

Email address:

Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are not obliged to register with a professional association in order to practice as an arts therapist


Code of Ethics:

Code of Ethics of the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Künstlerische Therapien (


Contact details:

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Alexandra Hopf


Postal address:  

MSH Medical School Hamburg

University of Applied Sciences and Medical School

Department Kunst, Gesellschaft und Gesundheit

Schellerdamm 22-24

21079 Hamburg


Telephone: 0049 40 361 2264 9445





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