Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

20 credits

Start date


Course length

6 months


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Teaching dates are 28 September 2019, 26 October 2019, 30 November 2019, 25 January 2020, 29 February 2020 and 28 March 2020. The course induction will be on Thursday 5 September 2019 (induction)

Tutorial dates/times

On each teaching date tutorials and staff/student meetings will take place between 4pm and 5pm as required

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

Visiting lecturer David Edwards trained as an art therapist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, graduating in 1982. Since qualifying he has worked in a range of clinical and educational settings; mainly with adults. 

Over the past four decades David has written, run workshops and lectured widely on art therapy and related topics, including clinical supervision. His book ‘Art Therapy’ was first published by Sage in 2004, with a second edition in 2013.

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

2018/19 Fees

If this is an LBR (Learning Beyond Registration) course, and you are eligible for LBR funding, the cost is funded by HEEM (Health Education East Midlands) - check the list of LBR courses.

If you are funding your own study, the full cost of this module is £700.

A limited number of bursary places are available subject to meeting these eligibility criteria:

For more details, contact Sally Cassella at

How to apply

Level 7

LBR applications

Apply directly to the University

Self-funded applications

Contact us

Course: Kirsty McTaggart (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 594016

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