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Utrecht: Hogeschool Utrecht Amersfoort. University of Applied Sciences, ISW Dep. Arts Therapies

Course Title: BAs in Music Therapy

Art Therapy


Duration: Four years full-time and part-time

Entry Requirements:

• minimum requirement is High School exam

• there is a selection made on the basis of artistic skills and therapeutic attitude at the start of the first year and the end of the first year

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The programme follows a multi-method approach, with arts-centred thinking and a reflective practitioner approach.


Course Content:

Arts Therapies Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course a trainee arts therapist (art, drama and music therapy) should be able to:-

• observe, diagnose and indicate: the trainee arts therapist will be able in this process to link information to knowledge, so that he/she can contribute to the general diagnosis leading to treatment of clients. The trainee arts therapist will employ general systematic observation, make associations between what he/she observes and the problems, and will arrive at a judgment regarding the appropriateness of a CT intervention using predetermined criteria.

• treat on the basis of the referral, background information and client’s pattern of symptoms. In this process he/she will use the common characteristics and/or the treatment vision within the treatment context based on information derived from observation, diagnostics and the indication phase. The trainee arts therapist will draw up a CT treatment plan, implement this in a targeted and process-based way and evaluate the plan. The trainee arts therapist is able to initiate and guide the development and change processes using visual arts, drama or music as a central intermediary according to the regulatory cycle. The trainee arts therapist is able to move fluidly between the dynamic of the therapeutic triangle determined by the medium, client and therapist factors.

• provide information in the context of creative therapeutic treatment. The trainee arts therapist is able to use systematic communication in order to support a client and/or client system in taking a significant decision; the interests of client are the starting point for the arts therapist in this process and the information is part of the creative therapeutic treatment. The arts therapist will provide information about the course of therapy, the medium to be used, aims, the effects of therapy in the short and long term, and the influence of therapy on the home environment.

• collaborate and coach. The trainee arts therapist collaborates around the implementation of treatment within and outside of his/her own organisation and in order to promote further professionalisation of the profession. The arts therapist has a coaching and/or advisory role in respect of colleagues within multi-disciplinary collaboration.

• make a substantial contribution to policy development and implementation within care/social assistance. The arts therapist develops and encourages policy and contributes to the implementation of policy proposals with the ultimate aim of contributing to the quality of social assistance. The arts therapist hereby contributes to improvements in quality within treatment options.

• run an independent enterprise. The arts therapist is able to profile and position the creative therapeutic practice in non-profit organisations as well as on the market (both profit and non-profit). The arts therapist is able to organise the synergy between the development of a new programme, market position, operational management and the contact with the organisation/government.

• conduct (practice-based) research and (applied) projects. The arts therapist collects systematic data about professional activities in order to study these and translate them into consequences for the profession, partly in order to produce knowledge development and dissemination.


Qualification Awarded: BA in Music Therapy or Art Therapy or Dramatherapy

Language: All modules are currently taught in Dutch, although we are developing teaching in English.

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Hogeschool Utrecht Amersfoort is currently developing the possibility of student exchange and clinical placement opportunities with ECArTE member universities.


Current Research:

Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies: see and

Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:


Research Collaboration:

The programme is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members with particular interest in:

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in arts therapies.

Professional Association





Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to register with a professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by: SRVB

Code of Ethics:



Contact details

Contact person: Drs. J.J. (Hans) Mreijen


Postal address:  HU Amersfoort, dep. Arts Therapies, Post-box: 512, NL- 3800 AM Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

Telephone: 0031(0)88 481 82 83 (university)

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