Visual and Performing Arts
263 Alden Street
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01109, United States
In the art therapy/counseling program, you will become a professional who is able to integrate art and psychology as a vehicle for healing. The program trains students through a course of study that blends theory, technique, and practice. With classes in art therapy, counseling, psychology, research, and studio art, you’ll develop your artistic and creative skills in large, studio spaces, while also training to conduct research.
You’ll have the option to pursue a Master of Science, which will provide you with clinical training and practice, studio art, and a completed research project, or our new Master of Education track, which focuses on an understanding of arts-based research. By selecting this track, you’ll develop as an art therapist with an emphasis on academic scholarship surrounding clinical applications of research. While both tracks require participation in a final art exhibit, students in the M.Ed. track concentrate on an aesthetic vision that includes materials, techniques, invention, expression, and observation. Emphasis of the final art exhibit for students in the M.S. track is related to their clinical experience.
Master's Degree, MS, MEd, Master of Science or Master of Education in Art Therapy/Counseling
Director of Graduate Admissions
All candidates for the Master of Science or Master of Education Degree in Art Therapy / Counseling are required to have completed a Baccalaureate degree in one of the following: Art, Art Education, Art Therapy, Psychology, or a related field. The American Art Therapy Association mandates the following prerequisites: A minimum of 18 credits in studio art courses at the undergraduate level as well as 12 credits in psychology, which should include courses in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and studio art, including one course in 3 dimensional art. Students who are 6 semester hours deficient can be accepted but are required to complete these prerequisites as soon as possible and within the first full-time year of graduate study.
Master’s degree candidates must submit transcripts of completed undergraduate study.
Applicants to the Master’s program must submit a portfolio of a minimum of 8-10 images (on a CD or in .jpeg format) labeled with size, materials and title. The work should feature a variety of works ranging from 2-D to 3-D work. The art work chosen must appeal to aesthetic qualities of composition, color and design for both two and three dimensional work.
The candidate must present an artist statement, and a written statement highlighting his or her interest in the field, personal goals, and academic objectives. Evidence of previous experience working with people in a human service setting or in an educational setting should be included with letters of recommendation. Each applicant is required to have an interview to discuss personal and academic characteristics appropriate for successful study and practice in art therapy.