Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option) MA

Admission Requirements

  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete 60 credits.

Please see the Creative Arts Therapies Courses page for course descriptions.

Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option) MA (60 credits)

45

credits of Core Courses:

ATRP 600 Readings in Art Therapy (3.00)
ATRP 602 Assessment Techniques in Art Therapy (3.00)
ATRP 603 Symbolic Imagery and Art Therapy - Studio/Workshop (3.00)
ATRP 604 Group and Family Art Therapy (3.00)
CATS 610 Introduction to Topics in Clinical Psychology for Creative Arts Therapists (3.00)
ATRP 613 Art Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3.00)
ATRP 614 Art Therapy Practicum Supervision II (3.00)
ATRP 620 Art Therapy Advanced Clinical Skills (3.00)
ATRP 623 Advanced Art Therapy Practicum Supervision I (3.00)
ATRP 630 Child and Adolescent Art Therapy (3.00)
CATS 639 Interdisciplinary Topics: Cross-cultural Competence in the Creative Arts Therapies (1.00)
CATS 641 Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Clinical Practice in the Creative Arts Therapies (1.00)
CATS 643 Interdisciplinary Topics: Ethics in Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (1.00)
CATS 691 Research in the Creative Arts Therapies (3.00)
ATRP 693 Research in Art Therapy (3.00)

6credits of Elective Courses 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 chosen from one of the following:

Research Paper Stream: Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)

Applied Research Project Stream: Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)

Applied Research Project: Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option) (9 credits)

9

credits:

CATS 698 Applied Research Project with Report (6.00)
CATS 699 Comprehensive Exam (3.00)

Research Paper: Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option) (9 credits)

9

credits:

CATS 689 Research Paper (9.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Residence. The minimum residence requirement is two years (5 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

Practicum. In addition to the credit requirements, and as stipulated by the professional program approval associations (the American Art Therapy Association and the Canadian Art Therapy Association), each student must successfully complete a minimum of 800 hours (350 direct client contact hours and 450 agency hours) in the practice of art therapy, under faculty supervision, in an approved practicum setting. The program emphasizes experience with individual, group, and family formats for therapeutic interventions. Students work with different client populations during the first and second year of the practicum.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is two years (5 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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