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Art Therapy Higher Certificate Programme

  • This programme serves as the extension of Art Therapy Certificate Program, aiming at providing more professional training to people who wish to further equip themselves in integrating elements of art therapy into practice. 

  • E-learning platform used by world-class universities, Moodle, is adopted. Students can access the course content via computer, tablets, or mobile freely. 

  • Online course is accessible at any time, allowing flexible arrangement of study time and learning progress. 

  • Online teaching support is provided through online discussion and assignments feedbacks by our lecturer.   

  • Courses can be started at any time after the date of first issue without waiting for specific dates of course commencement. 

  • Mode of course delivery will not be stated on the graduation certificate. 

  • Lecture notes are written in Chinese, with technical terms stated in English also. Language of instruction is Cantonese.

Programme Structure


There are a total of 5 courses in this programme, including 2 core subjects and 3 elective subjects. Students can take courses from the above 2 categories freely without preset sequence; and can suspend study based on personal need temporarily. Certificate would be issued upon completion of each course with passing grade.


To attain more comprehensive learning, students are recommended to study all required courses and at least 2 elective courses. Students completing the above requirement within 3 years would be awarded a programme graduation certificate and an academic transcript. Students can also study 1 to 2 courses first to have a taste on whether this programme is suitable for themselves; and afterward, decide whether to study other courses to fulfill the graduation requirement.



This is an academic programme, which content is designed delicately and professionally; and is not an interest class.


Each course consists of 10 lectures, with 20 hours self-study hours. Students are required to complete 20 hours of assignments and assessments. Students obtaining 60 marks or above would be awarded a certificate. Programme graduation certificates, academic transcripts, and certificates of each course are issued by Tharros Centre, as evident to the passion and understanding toward art therapy of the students.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fee is HK$2200 per course. Students are required to make payment 4 to 8 weeks before commencement for each course to reserve offer; and need not pay all courses intended to study at once.


If students would like to cancel enrollment of the course, application of cancellation of enrollment shall be made 1 week before the start of the course. Application made less than 1 week before course commencement would be charged 10% administration fee; and application made after course commencement would not be accepted.

Entrance Requirement


There is no academic prerequisite in studying this programme, however, individuals intended to study must critically evaluate their ability in apprehending life issues and handling discussions related. The language of instruction of this programme is Chinese and Cantonese. Extraordinary drawing technique is not compulsory for taking this programme, but students should be interested in visual art. Besides, since cases of psychological disturbance will be analyzed during classes, students are required to regulate own emotion to learn attentively.

Although there is no academic prerequisite in studying this programme, applicants are required to complete all required courses in Art Therapy Certificate Programme before participating in this programme. Application of course exemption in special circumstance would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Application Procedure


Interested parties please fill in the application form and indicate the courses intended to study. Please note that you may still make changes on course selection later. After submission of the application form, applicants would be notified about the admission result. Applicants admitted are required to pay the tuition fee of the first course taken within the designated period. After payment, the application procedure will be completed, and admitted applicants can wait for course commencement and attend the course as scheduled.

Q & A

Can I apply for the government's Continuing Education Fund for studying this course?  學費可申請政府持續進修基金的資助嗎?

There is no such arrangement in current stage. Although the tuition fee is not expensive, individuals having difficulties in affording the payment can contact us and apply for reduction in tuition fee. 暫時沒有此安排。 學費雖然並不昂貴,但如有困難,可個別向情心園提出減免申請。

What is the qualification of the lecturer? 導師是什麼資歷?

Our course lecturer, Mr. Ivan Liu, is the founder of Tharros Centre. He studied psychology at University of Derby, UK, with specialisation in young children development, educational psychology, special educational needs, family counselling and art therapy. Areas of field studies include emotional distress, autism, attention deficit and childhood trauma, etc. He has years of experiences in practicing psychotherapies, art therapies, and education in psychology. He is currently members of the British Psychology Society, the American Psychology Association, the American Counseling Association and the American Art Therapy Association. Ivan integrates years of experience in research and psychotherapy practice in composing this series of programme. The programme content is professionally constructed and useful. Ivan will also review the weekly classwork and assignments by providing professional comments and explanation. 本課程的導師是情心園的創辦人 -- Ivan Liu。他畢業於英國德比大學心理學,專長於幼兒發展、教育心理學、特殊教育、家庭輔導及藝術治療。對情緒困擾、自閉、專注力不足、成長創傷等最新研究甚有心得。從事心理治療、藝術治療及心理學教教育多年,經驗豐富。他現為英國心理學會、美國心理學會、美國輔導協會及美國藝術治療協會會員。 Ivan 集合多年的研究及心理治療經驗,精心編寫此套課程,內容嚴謹且實用。堂上練習與每週回家的作業,Ivan 也會以專業親自解說及評論。

Can I become an art therapist after completing the course? 取得證書後,我可以當藝術治療師嗎?

To become a professional art therapist, one requires formal training in psychology or counselling, in addition to structured placement under supervision. The aim of this programme is to provide a comprehensive and systematic art therapy training on art therapy to the people needed, in order to equip themselves to offer help in workplace and personal life. The aim of this programme is not training you to become a lecturer; but after you finish studying it, you can assist in art therapy sessions, and also enrich your professional ability in work position, in particular during face-to-face counselling. 要當一個專業的藝術治療師還需要正規的心理學或輔導訓練,並要加上督導實習。此課程的宗旨是給有需要的人士一個全面而有系統的藝術治療訓練,提升他們在工作上或個人生活上助人的能力。 此課程的目的不是訓練你成為導師,但當你修畢這課程後,你可以當藝術治療助手,也可以在原有工作崗位上加倍發揮,特別在面對面輔導中,能豐富自己的專業技巧。

How is the credibility of the certificates? 證書的認受性如何?

Certificates are issued by Tharros Centre, as evident to the passion and understanding toward art therapy of the students. This programme is highly regarded, with over 600 students including social workers, teachers, counsellors, and art workers. They find the programme as fruitful and useful which largely benefits them in their job position or job hunting. Besides, they consider other contemporary art therapy courses provided outside as nothing comparable to this programme. 證書乃由情心園發出,供修畢學生作為他們對藝術治療鍾情與裝備的證明。 一直以來,此課程備受推崇,過去修讀過的學生逾600人,當中包括不少社工、教師、輔導從業員及藝術工作者,他們都感到內容豐富實用,不是外面一般藝術治療課程所能媲美, 在尋找工作或現行崗位上都有莫大裨益。

​Core Courses


Theories and Principles of Art and Emotion

This course discusses in depth on how emotion reacts to art, and how art triggers emotion. Understanding the theories and principles regarding interaction between emotion and art is fundamental in art therapy. Experiments on visual and auditory art are performed to help student master the above concepts through experience, so that they can grasp the ideas for art therapy interventions design. 

Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

Date of first issue: 11/2/2021


Art Therapy for Personal Growth and Self-Adjustment

Before you assist others, always put your oxygen mask on first. Before learning to use art therapy to help others, we should first cultivate our personal growth, and settle our issues throughout development. This course provides professional guidance to help students attain personal growth and self-adjustment through the use of art. Students will reflect on their personal issues and traumas in real life, such that they will be prepared to go on the road toward art therapy.

​Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

Date of first issue: 1/9/2021

Elective Courses


Compassion Focused Art Therapy

This course is composed based on Paul Gilbert’s Compassion Focused Therapy; and this course incorporates the core principles of this therapy into art therapy. If you believe that psychotherapies cannot solely rely on rational analysis and belief correction, this therapy might be a suitable alternative for you, as compassion provides another humanistic therapeutic direction. This course systematically reviews the principle and procedures of compassion focused therapy; and integrates it with art therapy. Students will acquire a comprehensive and systematic art therapy intervention upon completion of this course.  


Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

Date of first issue: 1/3/2021


Child Handicraft Therapy

Handicraft plays an important and unforgettable role in all children's growth. It is their source of joy, satisfaction, pride, and confidence. This course deeply investigates on different types of children handicrafts, in attempt to understand the psychological effect brought by each type, in an effort to explore on how to improve the design of handcraft, such that children's fun gadgets can be turned into effective children art therapy tools to enhance their psychological wellness.


Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

             (completion of AT2111 recommended)

Date of first issue: 1/6/2021



Traumas and Bereavement Advanced Art Therapy

Traumas and bereavement are inevitable in life. This course helps students understand how to use art to eliminate fear as well as unconscious blocks in daily living due to traumas, such that motivation of life can be restored. For bereavement, this course will explain the mechanism of bereavement formation and help students acquire the method of transforming grief by use of art.

​Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

Date of first issue: 1/12/2021


Applied Art of Christian Spirituality

This course discusses on creating artworks in Christian spiritual aspect which are applicable in daily life, with the purpose of bringing spiritual messages and feeling into real life, so that the therapeutic effect of Christian art can be exhibited, leading to improvement in one's spiritual functioning.


Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

             (completion of AT2211 recommended)

Date of first issue: 1/3/2022


Art Therapy Workshop Design

This course provides professional procedural guidance in helping students to design workshops and groupworks. It is particularly suitable for social workers, teachers, and programme workers. This course is student-based, focusing on their own work environment and target service users. The lecturer will guide students to finish a workshop design step-by-step. If students have chances to put their designs in action, the lecturer will also help evaluate the workshops or groupworks afterward.

​Course prerequisites: completion of AT2101 and AT2102

Date of first issue: 1/6/2022


** Dates of first issue of each course are subject to change.