Diploma in Art-Based Coaching – in person

ADCT Awarded Programme

2024 programme open!

Starting July 15th 2024 scroll down for dates and application information plus dates for 2025’s programme
The programme is also being piloted online in 2025. Please click here to find out more: Online Diploma in Art-Based Coaching



I am delighted to be able to offer this AC ADCT accredited diploma programme. It is the first qualification of its kind, with art and creativity at its heart.

The accreditation is a kite mark of quality and when you are awarded the diploma certificate the programme provides you with sufficient training hours to pursue the AC’s Professional or Master Coach or Executive Coach accreditation. Please note you do not need to be a member of the AC to join the programme. You can, whilst on the programme, apply for a complimentary 12 month Introductory Associate Membership of the AC giving you access to all the benefits of their Associate Membership if you wish to. Scroll down to find out what more is included in your Diploma pack.



Meet previous participants in conversation in this video 

Watch my recording of the live presentation with Q&A


Who is the diploma for?

The diploma is for qualified and experienced coaches who want to develop an art based approach as part of their practice and achieve a level of mastery.


This has been an incredible course to participate in. I have continued to learn new and exciting ways to coach that have not only improved my coaching overall, but is more in alignment and congruent with my personal values and interests

Sabrina Ahmed


What experience do you need?

Many of you who have expressed an interest in the diploma have already attended an Art in Coaching workshop or programme and may already be working with art in your practice. Some of you may not have started working in this way yet. However, there is no requirement to already be practicing art in coaching as the foundation module, Module 1, is designed to cover the essential principles, framework and practice needed to start coaching with art. This module will also be designed to ensure it is a purposeful refresher and deepens practice for those who have covered some of this module before.

What type of coach do you need to be?

Coaching with art is an approach that can be used no matter what kind of coach you are. It is equally relevant for executive coaches as it is for life coaches. This is because coaching with art is person-centred. It works with our clients in a way that gives them access to a deeper level of personal awareness, understanding and meaning. Using art deepens and enriches our coaching conversations  through the expressive visual language of art and creates transformational shifts in perceptions and understanding that can lead to significant changes in personal development and growth.

Coaching with art is about working with the whole person and the area of focus they are bringing to the session. This could be anything from a leader wishing to change their behaviours to maximise their impact, through to someone wanting to unlock what they need to live a happy and fulfilling life.


The impact of the art-based coaching diploma has taken my practice, learning and personal development in a surprising and exciting direction.

I feel I have experienced a transformational shift in this area – my own creativity having taken a back seat for many years has been reawakened.

The use of creative reflective practice has been a wonderful gift and something I will continue to use.

Zita Calkin

Would you like to find out more?

Book a personal call – If you would like to find out more about the Diploma and would welcome a personal conversation to help you decide if the programme is right for you, please contact me through the link below and we can arrange either a phone or Zoom call. I will also send you the programme details.  

Book your personal call

Request more information – If would just like more details of the programme, please contact me for more information through the contacts page and I will send you a complete overview of the diploma.

Watch the recordings of previous Zoom calls:

Meet previous participants in conversation

Watch the recording of the live presentation with Q&A


The Diploma Programme

The Diploma in Art-based Coaching is made up of four in-person class-based modules, together with co-coaching, coaching practice and one to one supervision between modules. This is further supported through your own self-study, developing a creative reflective practice and maintaining your learning log. There will also be three observed coaching sessions with feedback – two of in-person coaching and one of online coaching.

The programme delivers 80 hours of class based learning.

The four in-person modules


Module 1 – Foundation – 3 days

The aim of Module 1 is to provide participants with the foundation knowledge and experience such they feel confident in applying the ART in coaching framework in their practice. For more experienced art-based coaches the module is designed to ensure it is a purposeful refresher and deepens practice.

Module 2 – Developing your practice – 3 days

In Module 2 the aim is to deepen participants understanding of how and why art-based coaching is such a powerful and effective approach to coaching. Through deepening their understanding coaches will strengthen their confidence in coaching with art and knowing when to use it.

Module 3 – Advanced Practice – 3 days

In Module 3 we explore three key areas for advanced practice, widening the application of art-based practice and deepening understanding of art-based practice. The three areas covered are trauma and art-based coaching, and an exploration of how art relates to and can be applied to other coaching models and approaches. We will be joined by Julia Vaughan Smith, author of Coaching and Trauma for the Trauma and Art-Based Coaching day.

Module 4 – Consolidating your practice – 2 days

Module 4 gives participants the space to reflect on their practice, consolidate learning and bring areas they want to revisit and/or explore further. The aim is for participants to leave feeling confident in continuing with their art-based practice beyond the learning space and completing the requirements of their diploma.


Within the programme and between modules there are many opportunities for coaching practice and experiential learning across the programme where coaches can apply the frameworks, principles and guidelines shared during the modules.  There will be triad coaching within each module and coaches will continue this practice in either triads or pairs between modules.

Creative reflective practice

Reflective practice is also at the heart of the diploma. We will be expanding reflective practice in to a creative approach bringing words and art together through creative journaling. This way of working is deeply reflective and engages with your creative self, building your confidence in creativity and working with your own visual expressive language.


It is important that you feel supported throughout the programme and you will have three 1 to 1 supervision sessions with Anna Sheather, the diploma lead coach. There will be two sessions within the in-person module programme and another when you submit your dissertations.

It will also be expected that you will be receiving regular supervision with your own supervisor. This may be one to one, group or peer group supervision.

Your commitment

To be awarded the diploma you will need to ensure you have the time to complete and evidence the following:

  • Completion of all parts of the diploma including attendance at each module and the supervision sessions
  • 70 hours of self-study supported by your learning log
  • 40 hours of coaching outside the class as evidenced in your coaching log
  • 2 observed and one recorded coaching sessions with feedback
  • Two written dissertations

There is currently no time limit to the completion of the diploma but as a guide it is recommended to complete within 18 months of starting the programme. This ensures your practice remains current to your learning and development.

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2024 Programme Dates

Module 1 – July 15th, 16th & 17th 2024

Module 2 – 30th September, 1st & 2nd October 2024

Module 3 – 9th, 10th & 11 December 2024

Module 4 – 3rd & 4th March 2025

All modules for 2024 and 2025 programmes take place at Sarum College, Salisbury, Wiltshire located in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral. A wonderfully peaceful and creative space.

2025 Programme Dates

Module 1 – May 27th, 28th & 29th 2025

Module 2 – July 22nd, 23rd & 24th 2025

Module 3 – October 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2025

Module 4 – December 3rd & 4th 2025

Please contact me to find out more.

Applying & Fees

Applying for your place

All places are offered via an application process. If you would like to apply for a place on the next diploma, please contact me, Anna, for an application form. Once your application has been received, I will be in touch about offering you a place on the Diploma in ART Based Coaching.



The fee for the 2024 diploma is £4,500. Please note there is no additional VAT.

Instalment payment options are available. Please contact me to find out more.

What’s included

  • For each in-person module, all the art materials you need to get the best from the sessions as well as refreshments and lunches each day
  • Workbooks and slide packs for each module as appropriate
  • Supporting books:
    • Module 1 – Coaching Beyond Words – using art to deepen and enrich our conversations by Anna Sheather
    • Module 2 – ART Therapy Exercises by Liesl Silverstone
    • Module 3 – Coaching and Trauma by Julia Vaughan Smith
  • The Guide to Creative Reflective Practice, Sheather 2023
  • An A4 art journal for your creative reflective practice
  • An A2 art portfolio to carry your work created in the modules
  • Three 1:1 one hour online supervision sessions
  • The final 1:1 assessment
  • Free access to the ART in Coaching online Practitioner Forums run three times a year online
  • For non-AC members a 12 month Introductory Associate Membership of the Association for Coaching

Please note the fees do not include accommodation which you will need to arrange separately.

Credit & debit card payments: If you wish to pay by credit or debit card please inquire when making your booking. Please note charges apply to card payments.

Please read the ART in Coaching course booking terms and conditions for information on payments, cancellations, transfers and postponements before booking your place.


Contact Anna to find out more or to request your application form


When thoughts are pushed aside, spontaneous images can emerge: symbolic aspects of the self, in need of recognition.

Liesl Silverstone, Art Therapist