Arts therapist apprenticeship

Arts therapist apprenticeship

Use art, drama or music to carry out therapy interventions

Arts therapists work in a range of settings such as the NHS, local authorities, voluntary, or private sector, hospitals, clinics, education, shelters, hospices, or prisons. You will use art, drama or music to carry out therapy interventions to improve a person’s mental, physical health and wellbeing. As an arts therapist, you are both an artist in your chosen field and a psychological therapist. During the arts therapist apprenticeship you may work across a full age range of clients who may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses such as emotional, social, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, injury, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions or physical illnesses. The arts therapy sessions may be delivered individually or in groups depending on the client’s needs. You’ll work closely with your team to provide and receive ongoing managerial, clinical and professional supervision and support. On completion, you’ll achieve a MSc or MA in either art therapy/art psychotherapy, dramatherapy or music therapy accredited by the Health and Care Professions council.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Art, music and drama

Entry requirements for the arts therapist apprenticeship: Proficiency in art, drama or music demonstrated by a degree or experiential equivalence. Must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with no element below 6.5

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £31,000 per annum

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