The MA in Creative Arts Therapies, Art Therapy option, allows you to combine your passion for art with therapeutic work. Art therapists look at how visual imagery can help people overcome psychological issues and address emotional difficulties in ways that spoken language cannot. You will develop wide-reaching applications for art therapy, working directly with clients alongside departmental supervisors. Placement opportunities include hospitals and health care institutions, community centres, geriatric facilities, and schools. The Art Therapy option is a professional program approved by the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the American Art Therapy Association. Graduates are eligible to become members of the Quebec Art Therapy Association and to apply for the Canadian Certified Counsellor designation offered through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete 60 credits.
45 credits – Core Courses
ATRP 600 - Readings in Art Therapy (3 credits)
ATRP 602 - Assessment Techniques in Art Therapy (3 credits)
ATRP 603 - Symbolic Imagery and Art Therapy - Studio/Workshop (3 credits)
ATRP 604 - Group and Family Art Therapy (3 credits)
CATS 610 - Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
CATS 611 - Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists (3 credits)
ATRP 613 - Art Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
ATRP 614 - Art Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
ATRP 620 - Art Therapy Advanced Clinical Skills (3 credits)
ATRP 623 - Advanced Art Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3 credits)
ATRP 624 - ATRP 624 Advanced Art Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3 credits)
ATRP 630 - Child and Adolescent Art Therapy (3 credits)
CATS 639 - Interdisciplinary Topics: Cross-cultural Competence in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
CATS 641 - Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Clinical Practice in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
CATS 643 - Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (1 credit)
CATS 691 - Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3 credits)
ATRP 693 - Research in Art Therapy (3 credits)
6 credits – Electives
To be chosen in consultation with an academic faculty advisor, are required of all candidates. With the approval of the Chair of Creative Arts Therapies and that of the cooperating department, some or all of the elective credits may be chosen from other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts, in other faculties at Concordia, or other universities.
9 credits – Research Stream
CATS 689: Research Paper (9 credits)
CATS 698:Applied Research Project with Report (6 credits) and
CATS 699: Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)
Bachelor’s degree with 24 credits in visual arts (18 credit in studio arts and 6 credits in art history, art theory, art education or approved equivalents); 24 credits in psychology (must include courses in Introductory, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, and Research Methodology, or approved equivalents); and An Introduction to Art Therapy (3 credits).
Overall grade average of B or better is expected.
Previous work experience in a clinical, rehabilitative or educational setting is expected.
Direct experience with the therapeutic process is highly desirable.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
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Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students are eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.
Draw on personal experience to develop your own philosophy of art education by connecting your studio practice with pedagogical theory in a program best suited to your individual academic and professional goals.