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Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy and Creativity Development

By educating art  therapy students to become accomplished clinicians, graduates of the Art Therapy Masters program help individuals and communities reach their full potential. The integration of theoretical and experiential learning forms the basis of the department’s educational process and creates a curriculum rich in critical and creative thinking to help students adopt innovative solutions to clinical issues. The Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity Development aims to create committed professionals who can utilize the creative process and aesthetic decision making in their clinical work  enabling them to become leaders in the creative arts therapy field. This degree is also offered in a Low Residency Format.

Our tradition of teaching creative arts therapies is rooted in psychodynamic theory. We offer a historical perspective on the evolution of the field leading to current applications of practice in a variety of settings. Our program combines the power of non-verbal communication, artistic process, and embodied creative action. Our students develop self-awareness and recognition of their unique attributes through experiential learning. They acquire an increased sense of self and resiliency which is translated to their work as creative arts therapists.

Degree Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in art or psychology. Prerequisites are 12 credits in psychology to include abnormal and developmental psychology, plus any two other psychology courses; and 18 credits of studio art which must include drawing, painting and sculpture. A personal interview will be required of all applicants and will be conducted in person or on-line.  A TOEFL score of 600 (250 computer or 100 Internet) is required of all international students. No TOEFL waivers will be issued unless student's first language is English.

See Art Therapy and Creativity Development, MPS Curriculum Overview and Yearly Plan of Study