Post-Master's Certificate in Art Therapy

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 57.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.2301
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1129

About the Program
The post-master’s degree in art therapy is for those individuals who hold a master’s degree in a related mental health field such as counseling, social work, psychology, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, psychiatric nursing, or couples and family therapy. It consists of 57.0 quarter credits of art therapy course work and 1200 hours of supervised clinical art therapy practice and internship. Completion of the post-master’s degree program in art therapy and fulfillment of post-graduation supervised clinical hours will allow the individual to be eligible for registration and certification as an art therapist by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Admission Requirements
Candidates for the post-professional master’s degree program in art therapy must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Documentation of a 48.0 semester credit or 72.0 quarter credit master’s degree completed from an accredited institution in the United States (or equivalent degree from an international institution) in a related field such as counseling, psychology, social work, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, psychiatric nursing and couples and family therapy.
  • A 3.0 or above GPA in their graduate school studies as reflected in the submission of official transcript(s).
  • An autobiography/personal statement, as described in the application materials.
  • Documentation on the transcript of completion of coursework in the following content areas during their related master’s degree education: (a) psychopathology; (b) human growth and development; (c) counseling and psychological theories; (d) cultural and social diversity; (e) assessment; and (f) research.
  • Documentation of the completion of 18.0 semester or 27.0 quarter credits in studio art. The studio art courses should reflect experience and facility with multiple art media such as drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, photography, etc. The credits must be completed either prior to admission, which is preferable, or within 12 months of enrollment.
  • Applicant interview with the faculty of the graduate art therapy program.
  • Review of applicant's art portfolio prior to the interview. The portfolio should include art work reflecting proficiency with a range of two- and three-dimensional art media.
  • Candidates with a graduate degree from a non-U.S. institution must submit their graduate academic records for evaluation by an agency such as World Education Service (WES). The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if English is a second language (minimum expected score: 600 paper/250 computer). International candidates should request instructions about all of these requirements with their admission materials and are advised to begin the admission process early.

Curriculum and Sample Plan of Study
 

First Year Courses
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 503Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy III2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 531Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults I2.0
ARTS 532Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults II2.0
ARTS 533Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children I2.0
ARTS 534Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children II2.0
ARTS 535Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism I2.0
ARTS 536Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism II2.0
ARTS 537Art Therapy Group Supervision I2.0
ARTS 538Art Therapy Group Supervision II2.0
ARTS 539Art Therapy Group Supervision III2.0
ARTS 540Art Therapy Literature and Research2.0
ARTS 541Jungian Psychology for Art Therapists2.0
ARTS 542Group Dynamics: Art Therapy2.0
Second Year Courses
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 631Processes and Materials in Art Therapy & Counseling2.0
ARTS 632Advanced Art Therapy Process and Practice I2.0
ARTS 633Advanced Art Therapy Process and Practice II2.0
ARTS 634Art Therapy Family Assessment2.0
ARTS 636Studio Art for Art Therapists0.5
ARTS 637Advanced Art Therapy and Counseling Group Supervision I1.5
ARTS 638Advanced Art Therapy and Counseling Group Supervision II1.5
ARTS 639Advanced Art Therapy and Counseling Group Supervision III1.5
Choose 1 elective course:1.0
Medical Art Therapy
Forensic Art Therapy
Art Therapy in an Education Setting
Trauma and Art Therapy
Total Credits57.0

First Year
FallCredits
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 531Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults I2.0
ARTS 533Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children I2.0
ARTS 535Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism I2.0
ARTS 537Art Therapy Group Supervision I2.0
 Term Credits12.0
Winter
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 532Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Adults II2.0
ARTS 534Art Therapy Assessment and Treatment for Children II2.0
ARTS 536Art Therapy Theory and Symbolism II2.0
ARTS 538Art Therapy Group Supervision II2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
ARTS 503Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy III2.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 539Art Therapy Group Supervision III2.0
ARTS 540Art Therapy Literature and Research2.0
ARTS 541Jungian Psychology for Art Therapists2.0
ARTS 542Group Dynamics: Art Therapy2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Second Year
Fall
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 631Processes and Materials in Art Therapy & Counseling2.0
ARTS 632Advanced Art Therapy Process and Practice I2.0
ARTS 634Art Therapy Family Assessment2.0
ARTS 637Advanced Art Therapy and Counseling Group Supervision I1.5
Elective Course*1.0
 Term Credits11.5
Winter
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 633Advanced Art Therapy Process and Practice II2.0
ARTS 638Advanced Art Therapy and Counseling Group Supervision II1.5
 Term Credits6.5
Spring
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 636Studio Art for Art Therapists0.5
ARTS 639Advanced Art Therapy and Counseling Group Supervision III1.5
Elective course* 
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 57.0

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 Students must take one 1-credit elective course in their second year.  ARTS 640, ARTS 642, and ARTS 643 are offered in Fall term, and ARTS 641 is offered in Spring term.

Additional Information

For additional information about the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions Creative Arts Therapies web site.

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