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Job Name

Art therapist

Job Description
Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

Salary Low
£31,365 Starter

Salary high:
£44,503 Experienced

Typical hours:
37 to 39 variable

Typical Hours per Day:
freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become an Art therapist

You can get into this job through:


University

You'll need to complete a postgraduate qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Full-time postgraduate courses normally take 2 years to complete. Part-time courses take 3 years.

You should have a degree in art or creative therapies to do a postgraduate course.

You may be able to apply if you've got a degree in a related subject, for example psychology, nursing or social work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


Apprenticeship

You may be able to do an arts therapist degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:


Volunteering


You'll need paid or voluntary experience in community arts projects or youth work, or experience of working with people with disabilities or mental health issues.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice. Do It also has more information on voluntary opportunities.

More Information

Registration

Career tips

You could try an introductory or foundation course in art therapy to give you an idea of what the work is like.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the British Association of Art Therapists for access to professional development and networking opportunities.

Further information

You'll find more details about this career, courses and training through the British Association of Art Therapists and Health Careers.

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a day-to-day basis, you may work with clients who have:
You'll help clients to:

Working environment

You could work in a prison, in an NHS or private hospital or at a school.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become self-employed and build up your own practice.

You could also become a senior arts therapist and manage a team of therapists, manage an arts therapy unit, or move into teaching.





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