Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling is committed to providing a high quality and holistic educational experience. By combining a deep understanding of art materials, the healing potential of the creative process, and sound psychological theory, students are prepared to succeed in this exciting field. The program encourages professional growth within a cohesive and passionate community of students who are sensitive to an ethical, reflective, and socially-aware practice of art therapy. The hallmark of the course curriculum is an intensive, rigorous, and rewarding student-centered approach that fosters reflective thinking and a deep respect for diversity of the human experience.
What is Art Therapy?
- A human service profession that blends the disciplines of art, psychology, and counseling
- Clients of varied populations use art and the creative process in therapy and as therapy
- Communication with art uses a universal language to promote connection and healing relationships with self and others
What Makes Art Therapy and Counseling at Albertus Different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Emphasis on collaborative work
- Personally invested professors
- Small class sizes
- Innovative, well-rounded programs
- Resources and opportunities for research
- Lively extracurricular activities
- Campus-wide events
- Service and community engagement
- Active career counseling
- Opportunity-building networks
- Access to internships and professional experiences
The Albertus Art Therapy and Counseling Degree Program
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Albertus Magnus College offers a progressive and comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students and graduates with a range of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that will help them succeed as individual or group therapists in a variety of clinical settings.
The 60 credit program allows graduates to meet all educational requirements for licensure
as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut.
The Albertus MAATC program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
The program offers a rigorous course progression that combines art therapy materials and techniques, theoretical foundations in art, art therapy, and psychology, and opportunities to participate in art process-based coursework. It's a wonderful blend of psychology and art, synthesized into a Master's level program.
Lisa Furman, Director of Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling
Employment Outcomes of Master of Arts in Art Therapy & Counseling Graduates
|Positive Placement by Graduation Year||2019||2020||2021|
|% Employed in field of study within 6 months of graduation*||94%||50%**||90%|
|# Continued to doctoral program||0||0||0|
|% Gainfully employed within 6 months of graduation*||94%||50%**||90%|
**Students reported COVID being an issue with placement opportunities.
|Retention by Graduation Year||2019||2020||2021|
|# Initially Enrolled||15||10||12|
|Attrition Due to Non-Academic Reasons||0||1||1|
|# Dropped Out||0||0||0|
Where Will Your Art Therapy and Counseling Degree take You?
Possible career paths with a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy and Counseling include:
Students will want to choose the Albertus Magnus Graduate Art Therapy program because of its rich sense of supporting and mentoring the gifts that each student brings to the world through their artistic language and their language as therapists.
Professor Abbe Miller, Associate Professor of Art Therapy
Art Therapy and Counseling Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the Art Therapy and Counseling program, applicants must submit the following:
The following will be required of all applicants accepted into the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 system
- A minimum of 18 credits in studio art. Credits must include courses in drawing, painting, and ceramics, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
- A minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Credits must include Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and a course in Statistics for the Social Sciences, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
- For non-native English-speakers, proficiency in English as demonstrated by at least three years of successful academic work at a college or university using English as the primary language of instruction and evaluation, or by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
Students who lack some of the above requirements may be admitted to the Program on a conditional basis. Students will not be permitted to take graduate courses without having successfully completed a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in psychology and 15 undergraduate credits in studio art. Outstanding prerequisites must be completed within the first year of the program.
Admission to the MAATC Program is selective and competitive, and not every applicant who meets the above criteria may be accepted. The Art Therapy Admissions Committee will make admission decisions after reviewing all application materials and conducting a personal interview with the applicant.
We work on a rolling admission basis and generally admit 16-18 students a year for a fall start. The application deadline is July 1.
The following must be submitted in order to have an application for admission evaluated:
- A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
- For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
- Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
- For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
- Military, university and college transcripts
- Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
- Veteran's Intent to Register form
- Two letters of recommendation preferably from academic professors, clinical supervisors and/or persons in authority positions with awareness of your interpersonal, academic, and/or artistic skill sets.
- A personal essay of at least two pages (typed in 12 point font) indicating one's reasons for applying to the program.
- A portfolio of original artwork demonstrating competence with a variety of art media, including painting, drawing, and ceramics/sculpture. A minimum of 10 images must be submitted in .jpg format (minimum 1 MB in size) or pdf format with clearly labelled file names. You may also include a text document with supplemental information about the artwork. The portfolio must be submitted via the online application form. See the online application for more portfolio submission details.
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The Albertus Art Therapy and Counseling Degree Mission Statement
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling is committed to providing a high quality educational experience. We promote professional growth within a cohesive and passionate community of students who are sensitive to the ethical, reflective and socially aware practice of art therapy. The hallmark of the program is the intensive, rigorous and rewarding student-centered preparation that fosters reflective thinking, respect for the diversity of human experience, recognition of the value of creative exploration blended with sound psychological theory and scientific research, as well as resiliency through compassion.
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program is designed to prepare students to become practicing art therapists and licensed professional counselors in Connecticut. The program emphasizes the theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of art therapy practice. Students are trained in foundations and techniques of art therapy, assessment, therapeutic techniques, and research. In addition, the curriculum provides a strong foundation in psychology and counseling to prepare graduates for the licensure exam. Classroom knowledge is applied in working with clients in internships under the supervision of registered art therapists or licensed clinicians. Internship placements occur in a variety of settings and with diverse populations including mental health clinics, geriatric facilities, medical settings, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, community centers, and schools. Graduates of the MAATC Program function effectively as members of a treatment team or as a primary art therapist.
Program Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program, students will be prepared as competent entry-level Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
The program goals for our graduating students include the following:
- To promote the highest level of clinical competence
- To foster scholarly and research skills that inform the competent practice of art therapy
- To enact principled ethical behavior in art therapy practice
- To think critically and reflectively to deliver the highest level of art therapy service
- To deliver services in a socially and culturally sensitive manner
- To instill a desire to continually strive for professional development
These program goals are achieved through a combination of theory-based learning, experiential learning using art experientials and the creative process, and service learning through practicum experience. Student learning outcomes and competencies are assessed in a variety of ways, including but not limited to course content examinations, theory papers based in evidence-based practice, design and implementation of research projects, feedback from practicum supervisors, reflective writing, and engagement in the creative process.
The mission and curriculum of the MAATC Program is consistent with the mission statement of Albertus Magnus College. Both embrace solid academic grounding, a sense of responsibility to the community, education that leads students to personally and professionally productive careers, and an educational atmosphere that promotes students’ realization of their potentials as scholars and ethical professionals. The curriculum of the MAATC Program, as designed and accomplished, fulfills Albertus Magnus College’s mission.