Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

20 credits

Next course date



6 months


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

Tutorial dates/times

4pm - 5pm on teaching dates

Module description

You will have opportunities to gain an in-depth understanding of a wide range of relevant theoretical models of supervision. Additionally, you will engage in supervising art therapists or art therapy trainees; in support of which you will participate in group supervision.

Studio-based reflective practice offers opportunities to consider the role of art-making and images in practice and for reflection.

The syllabus includes:

Throughout you will be encouraged to integrate theory and practice in order to enable your development of critical thinking and critical reflection on practice.

On completion of the module, you will hopefully be able to employ skills to conduct advanced technical and specialised activity. You will have had opportunities to understand and take personal accountability for related decision making in supervision and to demonstrate a deep understanding of theory and practice. It is hoped that you will then be able to:

Who this course is for

This course is for qualified art therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals who are, or intend to be, actively involved in the clinical supervision of qualified art therapists or art therapists in training.

Course team

Module Leader Kirsty McTaggart is a qualified Art Psychotherapist who has worked in a variety of settings with children and adults in education, the voluntary sector and mental health services.  She is currently the Programme Leader on the MA Art Therapy offered by the University of Derby.

Structure, certificates and assessment

How you will learn

Contact sessions include lectures, seminars, workshops and small group supervision of students’ supervision practice. 

The remainder of the learning hours involves time spent providing supervision; self-assessment and reflection; and engaging in self-directed learning.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed via participation in the supervision of a supervision group, submission of a reflective log and a brief report relating to your supervision practice.

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of the course you will have gained a Certificate of Attendance and also 20 credits at Level 7. Your credits can count towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Therapy Supervision which is in the process of development should you wish to continue your studies in the future.

Entry requirements

Fees and funding

If you are funding your own study, the module price will be confirmed shortly.

How to apply

Level 7

LBR applications

Apply directly to the University

Self-funded applications

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