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Art Therapy Foundation Diploma

This part-time Art Therapy Foundation Diploma course will introduce you to the value of art making in mental and emotional health. It covers the basic principles of Art Therapy practice and will provide an opportunity for you to explore, develop and connect with the therapeutic benefits of image-making using a range of art materials. You will gain further insight into your own creative process and a good grounding for future training in the profession of Art Therapy. No previous formal experience of art making is necessary; however, willingness to explore using different art materials is a requirement. Experiential learning is an integral part of the course. The course is run by two experienced and HCPC registered Art Therapists and includes visiting lecturers. Experience gained during this course can be used to go on to further training or to inform other areas of working life together with gaining greater insight and understanding into creative communications. This course is run within the Art and Design department of Bath College and the College also has a well-equipped library and learning resources centre. Places on the course are subject to interview with the course tutors.

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What are the entry requirements?

Course enrolment is subject to interview, please see the 3 stages to application in the ‘How do I apply?’ section below. Thereafter: Minimum 80% attendance is required. Submission of 1,000 word written piece. You will receive feedback on this assignment and will have allocated time to discuss the feedback. The written piece is not marked. You are encouraged to fully participate in group discussion, theoretical workshops and experiential art making workshops. You are expected to keep a reflective journal which can be used and evidenced in the written assignment.

What qualifications will I gain?

On completion of the course you will receive a Bath College certificate. Attendance and completion of this course does not allow or equip you to engage in work as or call yourself an Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist; it will give you a good experiential grounding for your future learning.

Who is the awarding body?

Bath College

Who will be my tutor?

Jo Beedell & Anita Bradford

How will I learn?

The timetable is structured to create balance between theoretical and experiential learning, enabling you to make links between theory, practice and the philosophy of Art Therapy.

 

Experiential workshops
Experiential workshops provide you with a chance to explore the use of a range of different art materials and their various qualities. There will be opportunities for image-making in the group, in small groups, in pairs and individually, to discover, express and communicate experiences and feelings. Some exercises will be themed, others less so. You are reminded that these workshops are primarily about education, not therapy. Further information and guidelines will be available at interview.

 

Seminars, lectures and presentation workshops
Facilitated by course tutors and up to four visiting lecturers, these workshops include presentation of clinical case studies. Visiting lecturers may facilitate student involvement during their presentations by including art making workshops during their sessions. You will have the opportunity to hear from experienced practitioners working in a variety of health care and educational settings. You are encouraged to participate fully in seminar and group discussions.

 

One-to-one tutorials
You will have the opportunity to attend 2 individual tutorials during the 20 week course. This is an opportunity for review and any further discussion.

 

Student feedback

The tutors and College welcome student feedback, and there will be opportunities for this throughout the course. At the end of the course you will be requested to fill in feedback forms.

 

What hours will I be in college?

10.00 am until 4.00pm on Fridays.

What can I do after this course?

The part-time foundation course is designed to provide an introduction to art therapy for: those who may wish to go on to higher level courses and pursue a career in Art Therapy (as an experience to support an application for the MA in Art Psychotherapy). Those who wish to gain some knowledge and experience of Art Therapy for their own personal or professional development, e.g. those who may already be employed in occupations which involve the use of art activities as a means of self expression, such as youth and community workers, arts and health workers, counsellors and psychotherapists, mental health workers, nurses or teachers. Artists who want to develop their own creative potential through an interest in Art Therapy.

How much does this course cost?

This Art Therapy Foundation Diploma costs £1490.

Which department is this course in?

DCAE (Department of Creative Arts & Enterprise)

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own journal/notebook. Art materials are supplied and you may wish to wear comfortable clothing.

What else do I need to know?

A suggested introductory reading list – recommended but not essential

 

Case, C. and Dalley, T. The Handbook of Art Therapy (Google eBook) Routledge, 11 Jan 2013
Case, C. and Dalley, T. (2006) The Handbook of Art Therapy (2nd Edition). London, Routledge.
McNiff, S. (1992) Art as Healing. New York, Shambala.
Milner, M. (1971) On Not Being Able to Paint. London, Heinmann.
Thomson, M. (1989) On Art and Therapy. London, Virago.

 

“Art is more than the production of beautiful or even expressive images for others to contemplate or admire, but is essentially a means by which we explore our inner and outer worlds, and learn to live with them.” Christopher Small – Music, Education, Society

 

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

 

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

 

Session dates are as follows:

08/11/19 – 06/12/19
10/01/20 – 14/02/20
28/02/20 – 03/04/20
24/04/20 – 08/05/20

 

How to Apply
There are 3 steps in the application process for this course. You will need to complete them all to successfully enrol on the course.

 

Step 1: Application
The deadline for receiving applications is 20/09/2019.

Your application should include a completed application form (see below) plus 250 words explaining why you are interested in doing this course, and some description of your own experience of creativity. Please include photos of a few examples of your own creative work in any medium. These should be submitted by email as a jpeg attachment and in the body of the email (not on an image sharing website), or in hard copy along with your application form, available from the College or downloadable below.

 

You can apply using one of the following methods:-

 

Online: fill out an Online Part-time Application Form. Please note: You will need to email your 250 words and photographs separately – mark Subject Heading as “Art Therapy Foundation” to AdmissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk
By post: download the Part-time Learning Agreement. Mark your application “Art Therapy Foundation”. Send application form including your 250 words and photos to Full Time Admissions, Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses.

 

Step 2: Interviews
If your initial application is successful, you will receive an invitation to attend a group and individual interview. This will be a chance for some potential participants to meet together with the tutors to find out more about the course, to share your thoughts and to ask questions. No art making will be required at this time. Subject to interview, you may then be invited to enrol. Interviews dates will be held in October 2019 – dates to be confirmed.

 

Step 3: Acceptance and Enrolment
After interview, successful applicants will receive notification of acceptance and can then enrol by visiting the Student Advice Centre.

 

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.

How do I apply?

There are 3 steps in the application process for this course. You will need to complete them all to successfully enrol on the course.

 

Step 1: Application

 

The deadline for receiving applications is 20/09/2019.

 

Your application should include a completed application form (see below) plus 250 words explaining why you are interested in doing this course, and some description of your own experience of creativity. Please include photos of a few examples of your own creative work in any medium. These should be submitted by email as a jpeg attachment and in the body of the email (not on an image sharing website), or in hard copy along with your application form, available from the College or downloadable below.

 

You can apply using one of the following methods:-

 

Online: fill out an Online Part-time Application Form. Please note: You will need to email your 250 words and photographs separately – mark Subject Heading as “Art Therapy Foundation” to AdmissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

By post: download the Part-time Learning Agreement. Mark your application “Art Therapy Foundation”. Send application form including your 250 words and photos to Full Time Admissions, Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

 

In person: visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses.

 

Step 2: Interviews

 

If your initial application is successful, you will receive an invitation to attend a group and individual interview. This will be a chance for some potential participants to meet together with the tutors to find out more about the course, to share your thoughts and to ask questions. No art making will be required at this time. Subject to interview, you may then be invited to enrol. Interviews will be held on: 04/10/2019, 11/10/2019 and 18/10/2019 You do not need to bring artwork to the interview.

 

Step 3: Acceptance and Enrolment

 

After interview, successful applicants will receive notification of acceptance and can then enrol by visiting the Student Advice Centre.

10 reviews for Art Therapy Foundation Diploma

  1. jessicacpickett@gmail.com


    5 out of 5

    I have enjoyed this course so much. The tutors created such a supportive environment for the group to explore, share and experience the fundamental values and benefits of Art Therapy.

  2. michelleoweninteriors@gmail.com


    5 out of 5

    Loved this course, going to miss our weekly sessions. I have learnt a lot about myself and my art making process. I feel excited and prepared to continue on my journey.

  3. leon.cia@virgin.net


    5 out of 5

    I feel so thankful for this course – the experiential learning, the calm, safe space created, the careful introduction to the power of the image in revealing the subconscious – essentially a powerful, enabling introduction to the world of Art Therapy. Am lucky to have done it.

  4. vsmith15@hotmail.co.uk


    5 out of 5

    The course has been so much more than what I expected. I have not only gained a foundation understanding of Art Therapy but also gained a better understanding of my own creative processes. The tutors have been amazing in providing the support and guidance for growing individually and as a group.

  5. sharonadam32@gmail.com


    5 out of 5

    I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging course. The tutors are experts in their field and delivered the modules at the appropriate pace for each participant. The art making and reflective exercises, in particular, helped me make intrinsic connections between my inner thinking and outer life. Anyone interested in exploring the connection between art making and the therapeutic practice should consider applying asap.

  6. gemaluque@gmail.com


    5 out of 5

    What an amazing course with wonderful tutors!!! 🙂
    As an experiential course, it has been a course where I have the opportunity to know myself better through art making in a group, to explore art materials and use some new techniques challenging myself to learn and explore. Also, I have learnt every day about the challenges, joys, possibilities… of being an Art Therapist, the tutors are very experienced and kind, they were always finding time to answer our questions and share their knowledge generously. I would have loved do the course for one more year and keep learning about myself and Art Therapy.

  7. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    What a wonderful course with wonderful teachers!

    It has been challenging at times as any form of therapeutic work can be. But on the whole I would say it has been incredibly inspiring not only on a theoretical level but also creatively. I found myself exploring working artistically in mediums I had never thought to use before, enjoying making for it’s own sake rather than being outcome focused and also learnt many therapeutic skills I hope to take forward in my personal life and career.

    I would highly recommend this course, not simply those looking to train in this field or for those currently involved in artistic endeavours but anyone who would like to explore the self in a creative way.

  8. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    If you are thinking about or have thought about the possibility of Art Therapy as a career then this course will definitely help you. You will learn a lot about the processes in Art Therapy and creativity and gain a great foundation for further learning. The tutors are kind , thoughtful and full of knowledge. I would happily do the course again!

  9. simeon.rowsell@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    If you are exploring Art Therapy as a possible career or you want to kick start your own creative process this is the course for you. The two tutors have a wealth of experience between them and led the course with sensitivity and humour. Over the years they have developed an informative and inspiring course which has a good balance of theoretical and experiential learning. Like so many of our group I wish it had been longer.

  10. niawalling@hotmail.com


    4 out of 5

    Excellent experiential course

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