Art Therapy Certificate Programme

  • This programme is constructed dedicatedly with reference to the latest guideline from American Art Therapy Association, incorporated with years of experience in teaching and providing psychotherapy in Tharros Centre. 

  • Programme content strives for a balanced coverage between theory and practice, allowing students to put theory into practice flexibly upon completion of study. 

  • Psychology element is integrated in programme design, helping students having no training in psychology or counselling to acquire basic concepts in psycho-development and psychopathology. 

  • This programme is oriented to therapeutic art therapy, which emphasizes both psychological expression and therapeutic intervention. 

  • This programme is specifically suitable for teachers, social workers, programme workers, art enthusiasts, people with emotional disturbance and their caregivers.  

  • The study duration of this programme varies from 1 year to 3 years. Students can suspend study within this period. Tuition fee are charged on a per-course basis. 

  • Students can freely choose to study any course based on personal needs. Course certificate would be issued after completion of any course; and programme graduation certificate and transcript would be awarded upon completion of required credits for graduation. 

  • Lecture notes are written in Chinese; and language of instruction is Cantonese.

  • Classes are available in classroom and online Zoom simultaneously so that they will not be affected by change of pandemic situation or geographical limitation.

Programme Structure


There are a total of 7 courses in this programme, including 2 core subjects and 5 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 teaching hours. Students are required to complete classwork, as well as 20 hours of assignments and assessments. Students obtaining 60 marks or above with 80% attendance 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$2000 per course. Students are required to make payment 4-8 weeks before commencement for each course to reserve offer; and need not pay all courses intended to study at once.

(Tuition fee per course is HK$1800 only if payment is made before 31/12/2021.)


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.

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。

Where is the course venue? 上課地點在哪?

All courses take place at Tharros Centre. Address: Unit 703, Wah Shing Centre, 11 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon (near APM Kwun Tong; 5 minutes walking distance away from Kwun Tong MTR, Exit B) 課堂於情心園進行。 地址:香港九龍觀塘成業街11號​華成工商中心703室 (近觀塘 APM,從觀塘地鐵站 B 出口步行約 5 分鐘)

If I wish to further study after graduation from this programme, what course can I take? 完成課程後,我可以報讀什麼課程以作進修?

After completion of this programmes, if you wish to pursue further study on art therapy and/or psychology, you may consider:

  1. Studying the Art Therapy Higher Certificate Programme provided by Tharros Centre
  2. Studying psychology or counselling programmes provided by universities
  3. Studying art therapy programmes provided by universities
  1. 修讀情心園舉辦的藝術治療高級證書課程;
  2. 修讀大學提供的心理學或輔導課程;
  3. 修讀大學提供的藝術治療課程。

Core Courses

Art Therapy for Emotions and Traumas

This course is the fundamental of the Art Therapy Certificate Course. It allows you to acquire basic understanding toward common negative emotions and trauma-related psychology; and learn to use art as therapeutic intervention in accordance. This course looks into anxiety, depression, anger, self-blame, and post-traumatic responses. More importantly, this course helps you to have personal adjustment, walk through past issues, and regulate own emotion, such that positive psychological wellbeing can be upheld.

Date of commencement:
Class A: 5/10/2021 to 7/12/2021 (Tuesdays) 7:30-9:30pm
Class B: 6/10/2021 to 8/12/2021 (Wednesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

April 2022

Art Languages and Mindful Artistic Expression


This course aims at enhancing your ability of art expression of own feeling, as well as comprehending the language of art. You will be taught to understand more about your inner feeling, and connect your feeling with art, such that your feeling can be expressed by art effectively. This course does not require students to have superb art skills. Students will be trained to strengthen the ability of mindful artistic expression based on own drawing skill, so as to equip themselves to implement art therapy.   

Date of commencement:

Class A: 9/1/2022 to 27/3/2022 (Sundays) 7:00-9:00pm

Class B: 10/1/2022 to 28/3/2022 (Mondays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

July 2022

Elective Courses

Art Therapy for Children


The world from a children's perspective is hugely different from that of an adult. Their psychological changes across development, emotions, and art expression are unique.  These factors shall be taken into consideration when conducting art therapy interventions for them. This course allows you to understand the psychological development of children from 0 to 12 years old, including possible emotions and trauma caused by problematic parenting; and learn about how to help the children effectively regulate their inner world through the use of art.


Date of commencement:
3/10/2021 to 5/12/2021 (Sundays) 7:00-9:00pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:
April 2022

Art Therapy for Adolescents

This course aims at introducing the possible challenges and difficulties faced by adolescents during development, including self-image, motivation, connection to the world, rebellion, childhood trauma, etc. This course also discusses on the use of art to enter their world and echo with them, in attempt to help them regulate themselves, eliminate extreme beliefs, balance ideal and reality, such that adolescent vitality and passion can be restored.

Date of commencement:

11/1/2022 to 22/3/2022 (Tuesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

July 2022

Art Therapy for Aged and Thanatology


This course intensively introduces the psychological changes across stages from retirement to death, and the psychological needs of the people with dementia. This course focuses on use of art in improving the psychological wellbeing of the aged people in face of countdown to life. Course content covers the essential distinction of needs between male and female aged people, allowing you to recognize the gender difference in performing art therapy for them. Besides, bereavement art therapy after the death of close ones will be introduced.


Date of commencement:
4/10/2021 to 6/12/2021 (Mondays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

April 2022


Art Therapy for Autism


This course leads us to the world of people with autism, apprehending the formation of their autistic features across development, as well as their inner feeling and needs. This allows you to recognize their restriction and connect with them through the use of art, with the aim of opening their heart to connect to the world. The course content covers both low function autism and high function autism (Asperger syndrome).

Date of commencement:

12/1/2022 to 23/3/2022 (Wednesdays) 7:30-9:30pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:

July 2022



Art Therapy in Christian Spirituality


This course explores on the critical aspect of a person apart from physical and psychological, discussing how art connects with human being holistically. This course reviews the development of views regarding spirituality throughout historical decades, with the objective of comprehending a more in-depth meaning toward spirituality; as well as integrating aestheticism, core religion in Christianity and Christian religious behaviours (for example, reading bible, singing hymns, praying), with the purpose of investigating on the use of art in relieving spiritual disturbance and trauma.

Dates of lessons:
14/10/2021 (Thursday) 2:00-6:00pm
13/11/2021 (Saturday) 2:00-6:00pm
12/12/2021 (Sunday) 2:00-6:00pm
27/12/2021 (Monday) 2:00-10:00pm

Tentative date of commencement of next class:
April 2022

** Dates of commencement of courses are subject to change **