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Master of Arts in Art Therapy

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Program Highlights:

  • 2 year program (60 credits)
  • Fully online, with access to state-of-the-art studio facilities for students in Madison, WI
  • Includes 2 in-person, in-clinic residencies
  • Flexible time to degree completion
  • Interactive, cohort-based teaching environment with small class sizes (8 students per class)
  • Unique curriculum teaches how to use art making to achieve therapeutic goals
  • Access to guest art therapists/mental health counselors
  • Guaranteed access to residency and clinical placements near your home


Industry Statistics:

  • Job outlook for Art Therapist careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies have increased by 32.76 percent nationwide, with an average growth of 2.05 percent per year
  • Job outlook for mental health professionals is excellent. The projected growth rate for mental health professionals is 15% higher than average
  • Demand for Art Therapists is expected to go up, with an expected 26,660 new jobs filled by 2029
  • Average salary of Art Therapist in WI:  $55,144


Program Description:

Art Therapy is a mental health and wellness profession that centers on participation in art making as a primary function of holistic assessment, mediation, and renewal. Art Therapy provides the ability to review life events, and examine relationships to resolve conflicts, heal trauma, and create new life narratives and growth.

The program will 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.

Upon completion of the program you will earn a Master of Arts in Art Therapy.

Immediately following the program, you will be eligible to apply for a provisional art therapy registration (ATR-P). Following post-graduate training hours and post-graduate examinations, you will be eligible for the art therapy registration (ATR-BC). This degree specifically provides graduates with expertise in working in art therapy with a variety of clients across a variety of settings and conditions. This training also provides excellent preparation for clinical, administrative, and leadership work within social and human rights agencies.

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Program Description

The Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy (MAT) is a 60-credit program of study. Included in the program are 700 hours of clinical practicum and internship working across a variety of settings with a range of populations. During practicum and internship course, students will receive weekly supervision from an approved on-site supervisor, and attend supervision groups with a qualified art therapy supervisor.

The program is oriented around excellence in art therapy in such a way as to infuse an authentic art therapist identity. We hold art psychotherapy, art as therapy, and art in therapy as complementary and intertwined and provide a cohesive and fundamental learning environment where art therapy practices can be mastered.

Structure

The program uses a cohort model and requires a minimum of two years for completion. The coursework is rigorous and the two-year option will require focus and tenacity. The program is flexible and will allow for courses to be taken at a slower pace. The courses have been intentionally developed for virtual online delivery to allow for flexibility in teaching and learning and scheduling at field placement sites. Several courses involve art-making and will offer in-person options in the Stream art building. Each year, the Art of Art Therapy: Techniques of Practice will bring both cohorts together for a program with a guest art therapist/mental health counselor in a weekend intensive experience of learning about a specialty area of practice, discussion and art-making.

Features

The Edgewood College Master’s in Art Therapy program holds cultivation of the practice of artist-making as central to the art therapist identity. The art therapy master’s program will be taught in The Stream – arts center at Edgewood College – home to state-of-the-art studios in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and graphic design, a professional gallery, student and community gallery, and theater. With art gallery and theater openings and receptions, artist talks, panels, and visiting artists, art therapy students will become part of a thriving art community.

The art therapy program has dedicated studio classroom- learning lab space designed for teaching and hosting workshops with community program participants. Art therapy master’s degree students will be able to take a graduate art studio course elective as part of their degree, and will have access to the art studios if they choose to audit other studio courses. 

Program Details

New Student Orientation

New student orientation will occur during the Fall residency that occurs mid-August each year.

Transfer Credits

You may submit up to 15 semester credit hours of graduate credit for consideration to transfer to Edgewood College for applications to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Residency Requirements

The graduate art therapy program will host two residencies each year. The first (August) will precede fall courses and the second (June) will follow spring courses. Residencies are scheduled Thursday evenings through Sunday afternoon. Both residencies are highly recommended. Students are required to attend at least one residency per year.

Background Check

All Graduate Art Therapy Students must comply with the State of Wisconsin requirement for a Criminal Record Background Check. Students must have had this check successfully completed by the end of the first semester to be allowed to continue in the program.

Credit Load

Full-time students in the Graduate Art Therapy Program may carry up to 15 credits per semester. Some of the courses are taught in 8-week sessions, and some are taught in 16-week formats. Students may not be active in more than three courses at any time unless a waiver has been granted by the student’s advisor.

Students may work with advisors to establish a longer trajectory. The program must be completed within seven years of start date.

Clinical Placements

Within the Graduate Art Therapy Program, three clinical placements are required. Practicum is the first clinical experience where students spend at least 100 hours on-site with a registered art therapist and counselor. A minimum of 50 hours must be in direct contact with clients. Practicum sites and supervisors are contracted and approved by the Clinical Coordinator.

Two Internships are required for completion of the graduate art therapy program. Each internship requires 300 hours of which 150 direct client contact is required. Clinical sites and supervisors are contracted and approved by the Clinical Coordinator.

Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master of Arts in Art Therapy, students must have:

  • Earned 60 credits in required art therapy courses;
  • Maintained a 3.0 grade point average in those credits;
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 700 clinical hours (including 350 direct contact hours) with weekly supervision by an approved supervisor, and weekly group supervision with program faculty.; and
  • Successfully presented completed capstone research project.

Required Courses

ARTTH 601 (3) History and Foundations of Art Therapy and Counseling

Addresses the history and developmental events of art therapy and clinical mental health counseling as distinct therapeutic practices including applications of prevention, intervention, consultation, and advocacy for the promotion of mental health and wellness with a study of theories and models of creativity, understanding symbolism, metaphor and artistic language using relevant neuroscience.

ARTTH 611 (3) Theories of Art Therapy, Counseling and Psychotherapy

Evaluates and Applies historical and contemporary theories of psychotherapy and various models of mental health treatment toward working case scenarios in art therapy and counseling to identify and own personal values and preferences.

ARTTH 602 (3) Techniques, Skills, Materials and Methods

Incorporates the self as therapeutic instrument including methods and techniques for interfaces with clients and artistic media as components of the relationship throughout the therapeutic process integrating understandings of evidence-base, safety, supervision and consultation, psychological properties, and ethical and cultural implications of processes and materials. 

ARTTH 612 (3) Group Dynamics

Integrates theory, processes and dynamics of group work to form and facilitate culturally responsive art therapy and counseling groups designed with clear purpose and appropriate goals including principles of group dynamics, therapeutic factors, member roles and behaviors, leadership styles and approaches, participant selection criteria, art-based and interpersonal communication, and the influence of art media on group process.

ARTTH 622 (3) Practicum 

Allows students to practice 100 hours in a clinical setting with 50 hours of direct client contact demonstrating initial skills, attitudes, and behaviors on professional competencies along with the continuing development of professional identity founded in ethical practice, cultural sensitivity, and student reflection through professional on-site supervision and group supervision in an academic setting. 

ARTTH 632 Internship I 

Provides students with opportunities to engage in 300 hours of advanced practice and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes/behaviors of art therapy and counseling competencies. This internship includes substantial direct experience facilitating art therapy and counseling with clients served through the internship site. Emphasis is placed on building the therapeutic relationship, case conceptualization skills, formulation of treatment planning and a formal case presentation. Participation in weekly on-site supervision and weekly 1 ½ hour supervision groups is required.        

ARTTH 642 Internship II 

Provide students 300 more hours of advanced practice and opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes/behaviors of art therapy and counseling competencies including further development of a strong professional Art Therapist and Counselor identity founded in ethical practice valuing benefits of student/therapist reflective art- making to inform clinical practice. This internship also offers an opportunity to develop an art therapy and counseling specialization with a particular population or setting.  Emphasis is placed on 150 hours of direct experience in developing and facilitating art therapy treatment with clientele who are served by the internship site - developing and implementing art therapy and counseling treatment and approaches, for both individuals and groups, that will demonstrate advanced knowledge, cultural competence, and ability to critically analyze and describe in-depth experience with a specific area of art therapy and counseling practice. Students are assessed through on-site supervision, faculty supervision, and related course assignments. 

ARTTH 603 (3) Ethics and Business Practices

Provides a broad understanding of the professional roles and functions of the art therapist and the clinical mental health counselor including proper application of ethical standards of professional bodies (ACA, AATA) and credentialing organizations (ATCB, NBCC) along with legal principles including client safety, supervision, scope of practice, licensure, advocacy, HIPPA, trends and alternative practices, elements of charting, informed consent, and art display.

ARTTH 613 (3) Social and Cultural Considerations

Incorporates self-understanding as a framework for developing cultural sensitivity including a broad understanding of diversity theory and competency models including artistic language, symbolism, and meaning making across cultures in order to promote optimal health and growth, reduce biases, and recognize the role of art therapists and clinical mental health counselors in social justice and advocacy.

ARTTH 604 (3) Psychopathology

Explores multiple perspectives of emotional and psychological distress including cultural factors, strengths, and resilience and correlates patterns of abnormal behavior and psychopathology along with symptomology, etiology, and overall use of the DSM-5 and ICD-11 for assessment and diagnostic purposes across the lifespan including evidence-based treatment approaches related to various diagnostic categories.

ARTTH 614 (3) Mental Health Assessment and Appraisal

Provides an overview of historical and evidence-based mental health appraisal and assessment practices and models along with practice using data gathering tools, examination of psychometric properties, validity and reliability, with understanding of socio-cultural and developmental factors.

ARTTH 624 (3) Art Therapy, Drawing, and Projective Assessments

Comprises an in-depth study of projective, drawing and art therapy assessment tools and methods, including administration, measurement, documentation, and the formulation of culturally appropriate treatment goals, objectives, and strategies related to case conceptualization and ongoing evaluation. 

ARTTH 634 (3) Community and Mental Health in Context

Emphasizes the dynamics of mental health practice in context incorporating art therapy, counseling and psychological theories, case conceptualization, processes of assessment including intake, mental status evaluation, biopsychosocial history, formal and informal assessment processes. Diagnostic criteria and differential diagnoses based upon the current DSM and ICD are covered as well as goal setting, treatment planning, and referral procedures.

ARTTH 606 (3) Human Growth and Development (Theories)

Explores biopsychosocial, spiritual, and creative development across the lifespan focused on typical and atypical development in learning, personality, adverse experience, and neurological functions. The student will develop and practice developmentally, ethically and culturally sound art therapy and counseling applications grounded in theory across a range of developmental levels.

ARTTH 616 (3) Crisis Intervention and Trauma Treatment

Illustrates the etiology of traumatic experience and its impact on individuals, families, communities, and cultures including prevention practices, coordinated responses, roles of mental health professionals, mental health and suicide assessment and intervention strategies, secondary trauma, resilience, and post-traumatic growth.

ARTTH 626 (3) Lifestyle and Career Development

explores vocational, lifestyle, and leisure development, the history of career decision- making theories and models, processes and techniques of career counseling and related art therapy practices, and the interrelationship between career and life balance and mental health incorporating advocacy, social justice, cultural, and ethical considerations.

ARTTH 636 (3) Family Systems

Explores basic theoretical concepts in Family Systems Theory including historical and conceptual evolution of the field. It comprises an introduction to General Systems Theory; family rules, roles, structure and interaction patterns; functional and dysfunctional family systems; cultural considerations, and the life cycle in marriage and family including assessment and treatment applications of art therapy and clinical mental health counseling.

ARTTH 646 (3) Substance Use, Abuse, and Treatment

Provides an overview of the history and etiology of addiction through a biopsychosocial model addressing substance and process addictions. It also includes methods of screening, assessment, and evidence-based treatment options as well as methods of prevention.

ARTTH 607 (3) Methods of Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice

Explores a critical understanding of research and evaluation methods within ethical and culturally sound genres; basic measurements levels and psychometric properties; professional report development including literature review, writing style in accord with the American Psychological Association, and needs assessment; and an introduction to research implementation and program evaluation.

ARTTH 617 (1) Culminating Project I 

Integrates knowledge about the profession including impactful literature included in a professional research proposal. Projects will involve elements of established research methods, innovative methods of inquiry, a synthesis of practice techniques, and program design advocating for the profession or for clients. Students will present and critique project proposals

ARTTH 627 (1) Culminating Project II

Implements established research or project design from Culminating Project I to include data collection, expanded literature review work, and interpretation of data along with planning for final report writing. 

ARTTH 637 (1) Culminating Project III

Completes the work of Culminating Project I and Culminating Project II to include final report writing, committee defense, and final presentation of the thesis/project.


Tuition & 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 MA-Art Therapy degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning potential. 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.

Your Edgewood College MA-Art Therapy Degree Tuition

Graduate tuition for the 2022-23 year is $799 per credit for MA-Art Therapy.  Please note there is potential for tuition cost to rise each academic year. 

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

  1. Provide evidence of baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application.
  2. Request the official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received to be sent directly to Edgewood College.
  3. Pre-requisite courses include:
    1. 18 credits in studio arts in both two and three-dimensional media. (12 credits must be completed before admittance; up to 6 credits can be completed during the first year of study) Preferred courses:
      1. Drawing
      2. Painting
      3. Sculpture
      4. Ceramics
      5. Photography
      6. Digital Arts
    2. 12 credits in psychology or closely related fields. (6 credits must be completed before admittance; up to 6 credits can be completed during the first year of study.) Required courses:
      1. General or introduction to psychology
      2. Developmental Psychology through the Lifespan
      3. Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
      4. Any other psychologically related course: Social, educational, neurological …
  1. Complete and submit graduate application.
  2. The names and email addresses of three professional references will need to be listed on the Graduate Application. One of these references must be an educator, one of these references must be familiar with work or volunteer history, and the third can be from any character reference who is not immediate family.
  3. A 300 – 500-word essay in APA style indicating motivations and professional goals for pursuing a graduate degree in art therapy. The written statement should include:
    1. Interests and motivations for wanting to become and art therapist
    2. Ability to succeed in graduate school
    3. What life, education, and/or work experiences have prepared you in providing basic human service.
  4. Professional Resume
  5. Documentation of 100 hours of work or volunteer hours in a human service venue.
  6. Art Portfolio demonstrating both two and three-dimensional works (12-15 pieces). A video presentation explaining engagement with the media is preferred.
  7. An interview is required for admittance. The interview can take place at anytime during the application process. Interviews can be in person and include a tour of campus (preferred); or virtually.

Student Advising

The primary responsibility of assuring the proper sequencing of courses and for accurate and timely registration shall be the duty of the student. Verification of degree requirement completion shall be the duty of the Registrar’s Office.

Program, academic and career advising shall be the responsibility of the Art Therapy Program Director, the Clinical Coordinator, and the faculty of the graduate program. Each student will be assigned an identified faculty advisor for the duration of study. It shall also be the responsibility of all faculty in the Art Therapy program to monitor and assess student mastery of course material in developing clinical competency, emotional stability and maturity. It is the obligation of each faculty member to meet with a student as early as possible in a course semester if the faculty member has a concern about the student’s mastery of coursework or overall aptitude or emotional readiness to be a clinical therapist.

Due to the important consideration that needs to be given to the potential clients with whom students will be working in the clinical experience, each student will be evaluated for personal and professional competence and for suitability for clinical placement by the Art program faculty in the semester before clinical placements. This should be a natural outgrowth of the close contact and communication that has occurred with each faculty member as the student professes through the semesters.

Admission into the Art Therapy program does not imply a right to admission into the clinical experience. If the student has not demonstrated master of course and clinical skills, or if the student’s emotional stability and maturity create a concern about ability to work with clients effectively and professionally, the student will be denied admission to the clinical experience.

Even after the student is admitted to the clinical placement, the on-site supervisors, in communication with the Program Director, may determine the student does not have sufficient entry-level mastery or stability to work in the agency. In such cases, students would be withdrawn from the clinical experience. The Program Director would then advise the student on the necessary steps for reinstatement into the clinical portion of the program. Remedial coursework, training experience or personal therapy are among options the Program Director might suggest. All remedial options are the student’s responsibility to initiate and verify to the satisfaction of the Program Director and any expenses incurred are the obligation of the student. Failure to be admitted to and compete the clinical experience necessarily precludes completion of the degree.

Meet Your Program Director

Jill McNutt
Jill McNutt
Director, Master's of Art Therapy Program

My childhood experience conditioned the professional path of art therapy I followed. A Montessori education, coupled with scientifically based parents, grandmothers who grounded me in art and appreciation for life, and an arrangement of challenges made way for a critical exploration of life through art. My developmental journey has taken me through several geographic regions of the US and helped to build cultural awareness and humility. This life journey has enabled an art therapy career that respects the value of every client.

I earned my BFA from Cardinal Stritch College and my MS in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College where I developed an appreciation for theoretical structures that underlie the practice of art therapy and human service. My doctoral studies have taken two directions. At Lesley University, I earned my Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy, and at Regent University, my major focus was on Counseling, Education and Supervision.

My clinical perspectives are based in constructivist thought, social consciousness and an orientation toward the psychodynamic. Working through the constructivist model allows de-construction and re-narration of pivotal life experiences. Social consciousness provides an openness and ability to appreciate the client within relationships and social structures. Each client comes with individual stories and social structures.

The primary focus of my clinical career has been through open art therapy studio formats along with individual and family sessions. Through the open studio, the inherent healing capacities of art making can be modified to meet the needs of clients who attend. The key to my art therapy practice is the ability to assess the needs of clients in accord with their preferences and create opportunities for healing engagement in the art media.

My clinical, educational, and supervisory experiences have fed the development of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Edgewood College. The program is based developmentally on six central pillars and includes theoretical and experiential learning where students learn to use themselves as therapeutic instruments nurturing the persons of clients in all forms and settings through art making. 

Accreditation

The program was developed to meet the external accreditation requirements for master’s in art therapy programs sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and developed through the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE). After three years and at least one graduating class (2025), Edgewood College will be eligible to apply to ACATE for accreditation.

Post-Masters Certificate

Art Therapy is a mental health and wellness profession that centers on participation in art making as a primary function of holistic assessment, mediation, and renewal. Art Therapy provides the ability to review life events, and examine relationships to resolve conflicts, heal trauma, and create new life narratives and growth.

The program will 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.

Upon completion of the program you will earn a Certificate of Completion in Art Therapy that aligns with the Art Therapy Credentials Board’s coursework requirements to obtain credentials as an art therapist.

Immediately following the program, you will be eligible to apply for a provisional art therapy registration (ATR-P). Following post-graduate training hours and post-graduate examinations, you will be eligible for the art therapy registration (ATR-BC). This certificate specifically provides graduates with expertise in working in art therapy with a variety of clients across a variety of settings and conditions. This training also provides excellent preparation for clinical, administrative, and leadership work within social and human rights agencies.

Mission of the Program

The Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program is supported by Edgewood College’s heritage of integrating learning, beliefs and action with core values of Truth, Compassion, Community, Partnership, and Justice. We aspire to train licensed mental health professionals in art therapy so that they can apply their knowledge, human relationship skills, and passion for art and service to mobilize the creative process inherent in each person to promote change, growth, and well-being in individuals, families and communities.

Program Description

The Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program is a 39 to 45-credit program of study. Included in the program are 700 hours of clinical practicum and internship working across a variety of settings with a range of populations. During practicum and internship courses, students will receive weekly supervision from an approved on-site supervisor, and attend supervision groups with a qualified art therapy supervisor.

Students with master’s level mental health licenses eligible for the certificate program are also eligible to earn a second master’s degree by entering the Masters of Arts in Art Therapy program.

The program is oriented around excellence in art therapy in such a way as to infuse an authentic art therapist identity. We hold art psychotherapy, art as therapy, and art in therapy as complementary and intertwined and provide a cohesive and fundamental learning environment where art therapy practices can be mastered.

Structure

The program uses a cohort model and requires a minimum of two years for completion. The coursework is rigorous and the two-year option will require focus and tenacity.

The program is flexible and will allow for courses to be taken at a slower pace. The courses have been intentionally developed for virtual online delivery with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences to allow for flexibility in teaching, learning and scheduling at field placement sites. Several courses involve art-making and will offer optional in-person attendance in the Stream art building. Each year, the Art of Art Therapy: Techniques of Practice will bring cohorts together for a residency program with a guest art therapist for weekend intensive experiences of learning about a specialty area of practice with art-making and discussion. Students are required to attend at least one residency per year.

Features

The Edgewood College Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program holds cultivation of the practice of artist-making as central to the art therapist identity. The Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program will be taught from The Stream – arts center at Edgewood College – home to state-of-the-art studios in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and graphic design, a professional gallery, student and community gallery, and theater. With art gallery and theater openings and receptions, artist talks, panels, and visiting artists, art therapy students have the opportunity to become part of a thriving art community.

Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a master’s degree in a counseling or counseling related field.
  2. Eligible to practice as a master’s level licensed mental health provider.
  3. Provide evidence of baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  4. Request the official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions to be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  5. Pre-requisite courses include:
    1. 18 credits in studio arts in both two and three-dimensional media. (12 credits must be completed before admittance; up to 6 credits can be completed during the first year of study). Preferred courses:
      1. Drawing
      2. Painting
      3. Sculpture
      4. Ceramics
      5. Photography
      6. Digital Arts
    2. b. A minimum of three graduate semester credits in each of the following six areas:
      1. Psychopathology
      2. Psychological Assessment
      3. Human Growth and Development
      4. Counseling/Psychological Theories
      5. Research
      6. Lifestyle and Career Development
  6. Complete and submit graduate application.
  7. The names and email addresses of three professional references will be listed on the Graduate Art Therapy Application. One of these references must be an educator, one of these references must be familiar with work or volunteer history, and the third can be from any character reference who is not immediate family.
  8. A 300 – 500-word essay in APA style indicating motivations and professional goals for pursuing a graduate degree in art therapy. The written statement should include:
    1. Interests and motivations for wanting to become and art therapist
    2. Ability to succeed in graduate school
    3. What life, education, and/or work experiences have prepared you in providing basic human service.
  9. Professional Resume
  10. Documentation of 100 hours of work or volunteer hours in a human service venue.
  11. Art Portfolio demonstrating both two and three-dimensional works. A video presentation explaining engagement with the media is preferred.
  12. An interview is required for admittance. The interview can take place at anytime during the application process. Interviews can be in person and include a tour of campus (preferred); or virtually.

Deadlines

The Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program begins in fall (August) of each academic year. It is a highly-competitive cohort-based program with rolling admissions opening October 15th for the next year’s Fall cohort. Applicants are strongly advised to apply early as applications are reviewed and spots are filled throughout the year.

Currently, there is one start for the certificate program annually in Fall. As the program develops, a second start in Spring will be considered.

New Student Orientation

New student orientation will occur during the Fall residency that occurs mid-August each year.

Transfer Credits

You may submit up to 15 semester credit hours of graduate credit for consideration to transfer to Edgewood College for applications to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

On-Campus Requirements

The Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program will co-host two workshops each year with the graduate art therapy program. The first (August) will precede fall courses and the second (June) will follow spring courses. These workshops are scheduled Thursday evenings through Sunday afternoon. Both workshops are highly recommended. Students are required to attend at least one per year.

Background Check

All Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate Students must comply with the State of Wisconsin requirement for a Criminal Record Background Check. Students must have had this check successfully completed by the end of the first semester to be allowed to continue in the program.

Credit Load

Full-time students in the Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate Program may carry up to 12 credits per semester. Some of the courses are taught in 8-week sessions, and some are taught in 16-week formats. Students may not be active in more than three courses at any time unless a waiver has been granted by the student’s advisor.

Students may work with advisors to establish a longer trajectory. The program must be completed within seven years of start date.

Clinical Placements

Within the Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate Program, three clinical placements are required. Practicum is the first clinical experience where students spend at least 100 hours on-site with a registered art therapist and counselor. A minimum of 50 hours must be in direct contact with clients. Practicum sites and supervisors are contracted and approved by the Clinical Coordinator.

Two Internships are required for completion of the program. Each internship requires 300 hours of which 150 direct client contact is required. Clinical sites and supervisors are contracted and approved by the Clinical Coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate, students must have:

  • Earned 39-45 credits in prescribed art therapy courses;
  • Maintained a 3.0 grade point average in those credits;
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 700 clinical hours (including 350 direct contact hours) with weekly supervision by an approved supervisor, and weekly group supervision with program faculty.; and
  • (optional) Successfully presented completed capstone research project.

Student Advising

The primary responsibility of assuring the proper sequencing of courses and for accurate and timely registration shall be the duty of the student. Verification of degree requirement completion shall be the duty of the Registrar’s Office.

Program, academic and career advising shall be the responsibility of the Art Therapy Program Director, the Clinical Coordinator, and the faculty of the graduate program. Each student will be assigned an identified faculty advisor for the duration of study. It shall also be the responsibility of all faculty in the Art Therapy program to monitor and assess student mastery of course material in developing clinical competency, emotional stability and maturity. It is the obligation of each faculty member to meet with a student as early as possible in a course semester if the

faculty member has a concern about the student’s mastery of coursework or overall aptitude or emotional readiness to be a clinical therapist.

Due to the important consideration that needs to be given to the potential clients with whom students will be working in the clinical experience, each student will be evaluated for personal and professional competence and for suitability for clinical placement by the Art program faculty in the semester before clinical placements. This should be a natural outgrowth of the close contact and communication that has occurred with each faculty member as the student professes through the semesters.

Admission into the Art Therapy Post-Masters Certificate program does not imply a right to admission into the clinical experience. If the student has not demonstrated master of course and clinical skills, or if the student’s emotional stability and maturity create a concern about ability to work with clients effectively and professionally, the student will be denied admission to the clinical experience.

Even after the student is admitted to the clinical placement, the on-site supervisors, in communication with the Program Director, may determine the student does not have sufficient entry-level mastery or stability to work in the agency. In such cases, students would be withdrawn from the clinical experience. The Program Director would then advise the student on the necessary steps for reinstatement into the clinical portion of the program. Remedial coursework, training experience or personal therapy are among options the Program Director might suggest. All remedial options are the student’s responsibility to initiate and verify to the satisfaction of the Program Director and any expenses incurred are the obligation of the student. Failure to be admitted to and compete the clinical experience necessarily precludes completion of the degree.

 

Required Courses

ARTTH 601 History and Foundations of Art Therapy

Addresses the history and developmental events of art therapy as distinct therapeutic practices including applications of prevention, intervention, consultation, and advocacy for the promotion of mental health and wellness with a study of theories and models of creativity, understanding symbolism, metaphor and artistic language using relevant neuroscience.

Fall Semester; (3 Credits); no prerequisites

ARTTH 611 Theories of Art Therapy, Counseling and Psychotherapy

Evaluates and Applies historical and contemporary theories of psychotherapy and various models of mental health treatment toward working case scenarios in art therapy to identify and own personal values and preferences.

Fall Semester, session A; (3 credits); no prerequisites

ARTTH 602 Techniques, Skills, Materials and Methods

Incorporates the self as therapeutic instrument including methods and techniques for interfaces with clients and artistic media as components of the relationship throughout the therapeutic process integrating understandings of evidence-base, safety, supervision and consultation, psychological properties, and ethical and cultural implications of processes and materials.

Fall semester, Session B; (3 credits); no prerequisites

ARTTH 607 Methods of Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice

Explores a critical understanding of research and evaluation methods within ethical and culturally sound genres; basic measurements levels and psychometric properties; professional report development including literature review, writing style in accord with the American Psychological Association, and needs assessment; and an introduction to research implementation and program evaluation. For certificate – add AT professional Organizations, credentialing and licensure, public policy, advocating for profession and client.

Fall Semester, session A; (3 credits); No prerequisites

ARTTH 612 Group Dynamics

Integrates theory, processes and dynamics of group work to form and facilitate culturally responsive art therapy groups designed with clear purpose and appropriate goals including principles of group dynamics, therapeutic factors, member roles and behaviors, leadership styles and approaches, participant selection criteria, art-based and interpersonal communication, and the influence of art media on group process.

Spring Semester; (3 credits); Prerequisites: Theories of Art Therapy, Counseling and Psychotherapy

ARTTH 603 Ethics and Business Practices

Provides a broad understanding of the professional roles and functions of the art therapist including proper application of ethical standards of professional bodies (ACA, AATA) and credentialing organizations (ATCB, NBCC) along with legal principles including client safety, supervision, scope of practice, licensure, advocacy, HIPPA, trends and alternative practices, elements of charting, informed consent, and art display.

Spring semester, Session A; (3 credits); no prerequisites

ARTTH 622 Practicum

Allows students to practice 100 hours in a clinical setting with 50 hours of direct client contact demonstrating initial skills, attitudes, and behaviors on professional competencies along with the continuing development of professional identity founded in ethical practice, cultural sensitivity, and student reflection through professional on-site supervision and group supervision in an academic setting.

Summer Term; (3 credits); History and Foundations of Art Therapy; Requires 100 hours; must be set up through clinical coordination.

ARTTH 613 Social and Cultural Considerations

Incorporates self-understanding as a framework for developing cultural sensitivity including a broad understanding of diversity theory and competency models including artistic language, symbolism, and meaning making across cultures in order to promote optimal health and growth, reduce biases, and recognize the role of art therapists in social justice and advocacy.

Summer term; (3 credits); Prerequisites: Techniques, Skills, Materials and Methods; Ethics and Business Practices

ARTTH 617, 627, 637 Culminating Project I, II, III (Optional)

  1. Integrates knowledge about the profession including impactful literature included in a professional research proposal. Projects will involve elements of established research methods, innovative methods of inquiry, a synthesis of practice techniques, and program design advocating for the profession or for clients. Students will present and critique project proposals
  2. Implements established research or project design from Culminating Project I to include data collection, expanded literature review work, and interpretation of data along with planning for final report writing.
  3. Completes the work of Culminating Project I and Culminating Project II to include final report writing, committee defense, and final presentation of the thesis/project.

Any Semester/session; (1 credit each – total 3 credits); Methods of Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice; must be taken in order: I, II, III

ARTTH 632 Internship I

Provides students with opportunities to engage in 300 hours of advanced practice and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes/behaviors of art therapy competencies. This internship includes substantial direct experience facilitating art therapy with clients served through the internship site. Emphasis is placed on building the therapeutic relationship, case conceptualization skills, formulation of treatment planning and a formal case presentation. Participation in weekly on-site supervision and weekly 1 ½ hour supervision groups is required.

Fall Semester; (3 credits); Practicum; Requires 300 hours; must be set up through clinical coordination.

ARTTH 611 Family Systems

Explores basic theoretical concepts in Family Systems Theory including historical and conceptual evolution of the field. It comprises an introduction to General Systems Theory; family rules, roles, structure and interaction patterns; functional and dysfunctional family systems; cultural considerations, and the life cycle in marriage and family including assessment and treatment applications of art therapy.

Spring Semester, session B; (3 credits); Prerequisites: Theories of Art Therapy, Counseling and Psychotherapy

ARTTH 624 Art Therapy, Drawing, and Projective Assessments

Comprises an in-depth study of projective, drawing and art therapy assessment tools and methods, including administration, measurement, documentation, and the formulation of culturally appropriate treatment goals, objectives, and strategies related to case conceptualization and ongoing evaluation.

Fall Semester, session B; (3 credits); Prerequisites: Psychopathology

ARTTH 642 Internship II

Provide students 300 more hours of advanced practice and opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes/behaviors of art therapy competencies including further development of a strong professional Art Therapist identity founded in ethical practice valuing benefits of student/therapist reflective art- making to inform clinical practice. This internship also offers an opportunity to develop an art therapy and counseling specialization with a particular population or setting.  Emphasis is placed on 150 hours of direct experience in developing and facilitating art therapy treatment with clientele who are served by the internship site - developing and implementing art therapy treatment and approaches, for both individuals and groups, that will demonstrate advanced knowledge, cultural competence, and ability to critically analyze and describe in-depth experience with a specific area of art therapy and counseling practice. Students are assessed through on-site supervision, faculty supervision, and related course assignments.

Spring Semester; (3 credits); Internship I; Requires 300 hours; must be set up through clinical coordination.

ARTTH 634 Community and Mental Health in Context

Emphasizes the dynamics of mental health practice in context incorporating art therapy, counseling and psychological theories, case conceptualization, processes of assessment including intake, mental status evaluation, biopsychosocial history, formal and informal assessment processes. Diagnostic criteria and differential diagnoses based upon the current DSM and ICD are covered as well as goal setting, treatment planning, and referral procedures.

Spring Semester, session A; (3 credits); Prerequisites: Mental Health Assessment and Appraisal; Art Therapy, Drawing, and Projective Assessments

Two-Year Course Plan

Fall (start)

  • ARTTH 601 History and Foundations of Art Therapy
  • ARTTH 611 Theories of Art Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology
  • ARTTH 607 Methods of Inquiry
  • ARTTH 602 Techniques of Art Therapy and Counseling

Spring (first year)

  • ARTTH 612 Group Dynamics
  • ARTTH 603 Ethics and Business Practices

Summer

  • ARTTH 622 Practicum
  • ARTTH 613 Social and Cultural Issues

Fall (second year)

  • ARTTH 632 Internship I
  • ARTTH 636 Family Systems
  • ARTTH 624 Art Therapy and Drawing Assessments
  • Spring (final semester)
  • ARTTH 642 Internship II
  • ARTTH 634 Community Mental Health in Context
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