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Art Therapist


As an Arts Therapist, you will use art, drama or music to help people who have physical, mental or emotional difficulties with their recovery and overall well-being. There may be things which clients cannot say in words. This could be because the emotions are too distressing or because the client has difficulties with communication. It is your job to find a creative connection that will make a big difference.


You have a real love of music, art or drama along with a caring and supportive side that can help you relate to patients with physical, psychological and emotional challenges and enable their recovery.


To become an arts therapist, you typically need to be a graduate but there is another way!  A level 7 apprenticeship for arts therapists, art psychotherapists, dramatherapists and music therapists is available – but opportunities can be limited.

If you follow the graduate route (usually an arts-based degree, you can then take a postgraduate diploma/Master’s programme approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Teachers or psychologists who have a commitment to the visual arts may also be considered.  Find out more here:

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