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Why choose this course?

This is a sequence of three courses. You can attend one of them or all. Taken together they are a thorough introduction to the potential for art as therapy through experiential learning, activity and involvement. Participants will be able to develop their creativity while gaining an understanding of how Art Therapy is effective in health care and educational contexts and as a growing profession. 

The courses are linked through symbolic and expressive art-making in which participants learn through doing, creative making and reflecting on meaning.  The course is intended as a first step to a qualification, or as an opportunity to discover how therapeutic art-making may be adapted to different contexts and clients, linked to key theories of wellbeing. Information about Art Therapy as a profession and a recommended reading list will be provided as part of the course.

Course dates

Symbol and Language

Monday 17 February 2020 - 09:30 to 17:00

As a one-day course, this session explores how the symbolic plays a significant part in how and what we communicate to the world. The day will explore art-making as a non-verbal, visual language and how symbolic expression often emerges before verbal and written communication. Students will engage creatively with art materials and have the opportunity to reflect on the potential symbolic meaning of the images they create.

Expression and Meaning

Monday 06 April 2020 - 09:30 to 17:00

Offered over one day this course explores the expressive, inherent qualities in therapeutic art-making and the potential for personal discovery and learning. In the experiential workshop, students will engage with art materials and image creatively and spontaneously. The creative process will be followed by an opportunity to reflect as a group about the possible levels of meaning in the images that have emerged.

Looking and Making

Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 June 2020 - 10:00 to 16:00

This two-day course explores the relationship between therapeutic art-making and the benefits of looking at and viewing art. Through creative art-making in the workshop, followed by looking and reflection we will consider how images can be both evocative of personal and cultural meaning and offer a shared collective language to facilitate change.

All the courses are aimed at arts practitioners, teachers, nurses, social care workers or educationalists wishing to develop a career in art therapy, early level professionals or others wishing to update their skills and understanding of art and its therapeutic potential. Previous art-making experience is not a pre-requisite.

Course expert

Philippa Brown - Formerly the Professional Lead for the MA Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire, Philippa has over 30 years’ experience as an art therapy educator, practitioner, supervisor and artist.


The courses are stand-alone, or students can attend all three courses as development in understanding the Art Therapy process.

Courses take place in the School of Creative Arts. Tea and coffee are provided.

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or email us

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We, therefore, encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Address and directions

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions, visit our helpful "Where to Find Us" page.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link http://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/legal/cancellation-right



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
17/02/202017/02/2020Monday 09.30 to 17.00£195Apply online
06/04/202006/04/2020Monday 09.30 to 17.00£195Apply online
22/06/202023/06/2020Mon & Tues 10.00 to 16.00£300Apply online