Art Therapist Licence

To work as an art therapist, you must first have successfully completed an approved Master’s degree in art therapy or art psychotherapy. Once qualified you will then have to register with the Health and Care Professions Council to acquire an art therapist licence.

LICENCE Name

Art Therapist Licence

AUTHORITY

Health and Care Professions Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 10 days
COST £180
VALID FOR 2 years
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED Master’s degree in art therapy or art psychotherapy
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Complete an approved Master’s degree in art therapy or art psychotherapy

2

Register with the Health and Care Professions Council

One off non-refundable payment of £63
Registration fee for two-year registration cycle of £180 (£90 per year).
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What is an art therapist?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its main mode of expression and communication.  Art therapists use art as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. This could range from anything to music, sound and drama.

What qualifications do you need to be an art therapist?

To become an art therapist, you must first have successfully completed an approved Master’s degree in art therapy or art psychotherapy. Art therapist courses take normally can take up to two to four years. Once you are qualified will you then be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for an art therapist licence.

How to apply for an art therapist Licence

You must register with the Health and Care Professions Council to practise as an art therapist in the UK.

To register for an Art therapist Licence, applicants must complete an application on the Official Health and Care Professions Council Website.

Fines and penalties

You could be fined up to £5,000 if you call yourself an art therapist, art psychotherapist, drama therapist, or music therapist and are not registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

FAQs

Once qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, art therapists use their professional skills to help clients express their emotions. Through the creative use of art materials, they promote the physical, mental social and emotional well-being of their clients, who may be recovering from traumatic experiences, be mentally ill, have learning difficulties or be suffering from terminal illness.
Art therapist courses take normally can take up to two to four years.
A qualified and registered art therapist can normally expect to earn in the region of £22,328 to £30,247.
An art therapist can find themselves working in a variety of settings, this can include: NHS, Social Services, Education (primary, secondary, further and special education), Prisons and Private Practice.