Undergraduate Art Therapy Class

Master of Art in Art Therapy

Accepting applications for Summer 2020 beginning October 1, 2019

At Edgewood College, the Masters in Art Therapy Program places students in a cohort, or group atmosphere.  This advantage affords you the opportunity to pursue ATR (Art Therapist Registered) credentials through the ATCB (Art Therapy Credential Board) in a collegial, supportive, and creative environment.  Our Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree program requires two years to complete.

Our graduate program allows professionals already holding a master’s degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, clinical social work, or a related field to become eligible to be a registered art therapist (ATR) by completing only the art therapy courses and art therapy practicum / internship requirements.  Students interested in pursuing this option will find our program accessible, as we have separated the mental health required courses from the art therapy courses.  

The art therapy courses are experiential and studio-based and taught in The Stream, home to state-of-the art studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, papermaking, and graphic design.  The Stream also houses a professional gallery, student and community gallery, and a theater.  This environment aligns well to the foundation of art therapy training. Art making is used to understand the development of the “self-as-therapist”; to respond to experiences with clients; and to understand art therapy theory and application.

Art Therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice.  Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.

Program Highlights

The Edgewood College Master’s in Art Therapy Program is supported by our heritage of integrating learning, beliefs, and action with our core values of Truth, Compassion, Community, Partnership, and Justice.  We aspire to train art therapists who will apply their knowledge, human relationship skills, and passion for art to mobilize the creative process inherent in each person to promote change, growth, and well-being in individuals, families and communities.

The 49-credit degree will take most students two years (including one summer) to complete and seeks to prepare competent entry-level Art Therapists in a creative and collaborative community of peers.  In our program, you will develop and integrate your identity as an artist and a clinician. Art-making is used to understand theory, inquiry, therapeutic approaches, and clinical practice. 

Experientially-based art therapy courses are taught by accessible and credentialed faculty in The Stream, home to state-of-the-art studio art classrooms and an art therapy lab.  The curriculum emphasizes the continued development of the visual artist as you integrate art therapy, psychology, and counseling theory and application, ethical standards, multicultural awareness, research methods, and critical thinking. *

Our program is shaped by current standards and guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy (ACATE); and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP).

*Professionals already holding a master’s degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, clinical social work, or a related field who complete 31 credits in Art Therapy courses including the practicum and internship are eligible to apply for registration (Registered Art Therapist, ATR).

Degree Requirements and Courses

Degree Requirements:

  • ARTTH 605 History & Theory of Art Therapy (3 credits, online)
  • ARTTH 615 Media, Materials & Techniques of Art Therapy Practice I (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 625 Applications of Art Therapy I (3 credits)   
  • ARTTH 630 Applications of Art Therapy II (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 690 Group Art Therapy (2 credits)
  • ARTTH 640 Art Therapy Assessment (2 credits)
  • ARTTH 650 Ethical and Legal Issues and Standards of Art Therapy Practice (1 credit, online)
  • ARTTH 670 Art Therapy Research (1 credit, online)
  • ARTTH 675 Culminating Project Seminar I (1 credit)
  • ARTTH 680 Art Therapy and Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 695 Culminating Project Seminar II (1 credit)
  • ARTTH 620 Art of Art Therapy: Special Topic in Technique of Practice Weekend Intensive (1 credit)
  • ARTTH 655 Clinical Art Therapy Practicum (2 credits)
  • ARTTH 665 Clinical Art Therapy Internship I (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 685 Clinical Art Therapy Internship II (3 credits)

Mental Health Courses (all online):

  • ARTTH 600 Psychological and Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 610 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 645 Psychological Assessment, Appraisal, and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 635 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3 credits)
  • ARTTH 660 Research (3 credits)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your graduate degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. Remember, completing your Master's degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.

Financing Your Edgewood College Master's Degree

Graduate tuition for the 2018-19 year (beginning Summer 2018) is $963 per credit (minus a 10% new program discount). You can expect that cost to rise by approximately 3.5% per year in the future.

The Master's in Art Therapy degree requires completion of a total of 49 credits. Typically, a student completes their MA in 2 years.

Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your Edgewood College Master's in Art Therapy degree would be approximately $45,000.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must provide all of the following items. Only completed applications will be reviewed by the MA-Art Therapy Program for admission consideration:

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee).
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.

Per the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

  1. Applicant transcripts must include prerequisite foundation courses in undergraduate psychology to include developmental and abnormal psychology.
  2. Eighteen studio art undergraduate or graduate credits: A minimum of twelve studio art undergraduate or graduate credits are required for admission with the remaining six studio art credits to be completed in the first year of study.
  3. Studio art proficiency in 2- and 3- dimensional art media techniques and processes; coursework that includes drawing, painting, design, ceramics and either 3-D or sculpture is recommended. 
  4. Please submit 12 pieces of artwork demonstrating college-level competency in drawing, painting, design, ceramics, and three-dimensional work, with advanced development in at least one medium in PDF format.  
  5. A resume or CV including prior internship, practicum, volunteer, or relevant community engagement activities or experiences. 
  6. Submit a two-page, typewritten personal essay that speaks to your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in art therapy; your ability to succeed in graduate school; and your ability to pursue a career in art therapy.
  7. The Art Therapy Program Reference Form must accompany two letters of recommendation.
  8. An interview with the Program Director is required.
  9. Prior to beginning the graduate art therapy program’s practicum requirements, students will be required to complete a criminal background check.
     

Deadline to Apply:Course Start Dates and Orientation:
Now accepting applications for June 2020. 

Questions? Contact Janna Boehm at jboehm@edgewood.edu for more information.

Meet Your Program Director

Kellie Murphy

Kellie Murphy MA, ATR-BC, LPC is currently serving as the Interim Director of the MA in Art Therapy program at Edgewood College.  Kellie earned a MA in Expressive Therapies with an Art Therapy concentration from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  Directly out of graduate school, Kellie worked as the program director, expressive therapist, and case manager for an adolescent day treatment center.  Kellie consulted with Hospice Care teams; opened a private practice and supervised graduate students during their first and second-year field work.  She is currently in private practice at Peace of Mind Therapy, Madison. Kellie has been an adjunct faculty member in the Edgewood College undergraduate art therapy program since 2014. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association as well as the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association.

Meet Your Faculty

GMiller

Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner living in Cleveland, Ohio. Gretchen has provided art therapy services to youth and women from homes of domestic violence, grieving children and adolescents, families and adults transitioning out of homelessness, survivors of human trafficking, and youth managing mental health recovery. She is a regional and national speaker, instructor, and an art therapy author about adolescence, domestic violence, digital art therapy, and social media. Gretchen currently serves on the American Art Therapy Association Board of Directors and is a Past President of Ohio's Buckeye Art Therapy Association. 

In June 2019, Gretchen will join the faculty of the graduate art therapy program at Edgewood College. She will teach the History and Theory of Art Therapy (online) and serve as the program’s first visiting professor for the weekend intensive, The Art of Art Therapy.

Kellie Murphy

Kellie Murphy MA, ATR-BC, LPC is currently serving as the Interim Director of the MA in Art Therapy program at Edgewood College.  Kellie earned a MA in Expressive Therapies with an Art Therapy concentration from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  Directly out of graduate school, Kellie worked as the program director, expressive therapist, and case manager for an adolescent day treatment center.  Kellie consulted with Hospice Care teams; opened a private practice and supervised graduate students during their first and second-year field work.  She is currently in private practice at Peace of Mind Therapy, Madison. Kellie has been an adjunct faculty member in the Edgewood College undergraduate art therapy program since 2014. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association as well as the Wisconsin Art Therapy Association.


Molly Tomony

Molly Tomony, MA,ATR-BC,LPC It has always fascinated me that art can hold contradictory worlds in one integrated piece. For as long as I can remember, art has given voice to experiences in which I had yet to develop an understanding or words. My art has made fuzzy, confusing experiences more focused and clear. Before any formal art training, I "knew" that the process of making art exercised my skills in creative problem solving, and instilled the joy of being spontaneous. Art Therapy is a field which brings together art and psychology. It is based on the premise that we all have the inherent ability to be creative. The process of making art can allow one to express things that words cannot and lead us to personal growth and transformation. I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Therapy. As a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked in hospitals, hospices, schools and mental health clinics primarily with those who are coping with grief, loss, disabilities and trauma. I have written and implemented many grants that allowed me to provide art therapy grief groups for students who were coping with the loss of a family member due to incarceration, deportation or death. I am also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy and worked for 8 years at a non-profit agency that provided support to families who were coping with trauma due to physical and sexual abuse. Witnessing clients who have been silenced, not only be heard but gain new insight, and has fueled my strong belief in the therapeutic capabilities of the arts. I began to share these beliefs and findings as a clinical supervisor with graduate students and as an adjunct lecturer at University of Wisconsin, Madison and Edgewood College. For the past ten years, I have provided workshops and spoken nationally on topics of grief and trauma, as well as end of life care. Currently, I am the interim program coordinator of the Undergraduate Art Therapy Program at Edgewood and teach the Grief Certificate Program at University of Wisconsin.


Tammy Conrad

Tammy Conrad, MS, LMFT, Graduate Art Therapy Program | Henry Predolin School of Nursing

Certifications/Memberships Held:
   AAMFT Supervisor, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, PREPARE-ENRICH Facilitator & Seminar Trainer, Human Services- Board Certified Practitioner, Certified Family Life Educator, EMDR-Level 1, Trauma I & II, and Infant and Early Childhood & Family Mental Health Fellow

I am passionate about working with families & couples. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed providing mental health consultation & reflective practice supervision to daycare centers, Head Start Centers and home visiting programs.  I am currently engaged in an 18-month evidenced based Child Parent Psychotherapy training program, a Developmental Model of Couple Therapy Training program and a Discernment Counseling training program. I provide group supervision for interns and residents at the Family Center and individual supervision to post graduates and supervisors in training.  I facilitate a cancer support wellness group at Gilda’s Club and have a small private practice.

I also love spending time with my grandson, Aiden and granddaughter Willa, my daughters and their partners and my high school sweetheart & husband of 35 years. I like cooking, scrapbooking, reading and traveling. I love the spiritual connectedness I feel when I am near the ocean and walking barefoot in the sand. While in Madison, I find my spiritual connectedness with my Church family at Monona United Methodist Church where I am part of our Caring Ministry Team and our Staff Parish Relationship Committee.

  • Gretchen Miller
    My love for this work as an art therapist motivates me to keep sharing, promoting, and nurturing efforts, learning, and energy in support of the higher good of the art therapy community, the amazing work art therapists do everyday, and new generations of art therapists.  Contributing to this through community organizing, leadership, teaching, supervision, and outreach helps our efforts and positive energy grow… and to inspire new possibilities for our field and the future of art therapy.
    Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP, Visiting Professor

Janna Boehm

jboehm@edgewood.edu
(608) 663-2232