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The Master’s degree in Art Therapy / Counseling is designed to train art therapists through a course of study that blends theory, technique, and practice. Springfield College’s graduate program in art therapy uniquely build upon the College’s philosophy of humanics in educating students to become human service professionals who are able to integrate art and psychology as a vehicle for healing. The focus is on the development of the total person to promote the enrichment of society. Art Therapy / Counseling graduates can be found practicing their profession in mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, Veterans’ Administration hospitals and centers, hospices, schools, residential homes, rehabilitation centers, private practice, and other social service settings.

The Graduate Art Therapy Program provides a synthesis of our major components: 1) art therapy; 2) psychology/counseling; 3) development of the student’s artistic and creative skills; and 4) training in research methodology. Students develop an understanding of the variances in normal art development before they work with problems and pathology. Art therapy is an exciting and growing profession. The faculty and supervisors at Springfield College are practicing art therapy clinicians who are committed to a partnership in training. The sharing of a wide range of experience and knowledge is incorporated into each individual learning and creative style. The Art Therapy/Counseling Program is dedicated to academic, artistic, and clinical excellence.

Admission requirements:
All candidates for the Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy / Counseling are required to have completed a Baccalaureate degree in one of the following: Art, Art Education, Art Therapy, Psychology, or a related field. The American Art Therapy Association mandates the following prerequisites: A minimum of 18 credits in studio art courses at the undergraduate level as well as 12 credits in psychology, which should include courses in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, studio art, including one course in drawing. Students who are course deficient will need to complete these prerequisites as soon as possible and within the first full-time year of graduate study.

Master’s degree candidates must submit transcripts of completed undergraduate study.

Applicants to the Master’s program must submit a portfolio of a minimum of 10 images (on a CD or in .jpeg format) depicting art work in a range of various mediums, labeled with titles and appropriate for viewing. The candidate must present an artist statement, written statement highlighting his or her interest in the field, personal goals, and academic objectives. Evidence of previous experience working with people in a human service setting or in an educational setting should be included with letters of recommendation. Each applicant is required to have an interview to discuss personal and academic characteristics appropriate for successful adjustment to study and practice in art therapy.

Program description:
Students are required to take courses in art therapy, psychology, research, and studio art. During the second semester, students begin their practicum experience. Working with the fieldwork coordinator, students choose from a diverse selection of field placements. Graduate students work with individuals, families, and groups of all ages and abilities, including those with varying degrees of functional or organic impairment.

The program is committed to developing research skills in order to prepare students to be cognizant of advances in art therapy and related fields and to enable them to contribute to the field of art therapy. Students begin working on final research projects in consultation with faculty during the first year of study.

Matriculation requirements:
Students are required to matriculate after enrolling in the practicum course, ATPY 625, and the completion of at least 15 hours of course work. Matriculation requires a cumulative professional art therapy index of 3.25, professional competency, and completion of clinical evaluation forms. Students cannot matriculate if undergraduate prerequisite courses are still outstanding. Students’ matriculation files will be reviewed by the Visual Art Department Matriculation Committee.

Accreditation information:
The Master’s Program in Art Therapy / Counseling is an APPROVED PROGRAM by the Educational Approval Board of the American Art Therapy Association.

Contact information:
Dr. Simone Alter-Muri, ATR-BC, ATCS, LMHC 
Director, Graduate Art Therapy Program
(413) 748-3752
email: saltermu@springfieldcollege.edu

Martin Shell 
Chairperson, Visual and Performing Arts Department
(413) 748-3443
email: mshell@springfieldcollege.edu

Art Therapy / Counseling program

This program follows the guidelines set by the American Art Therapy Association, the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and includes course work mandated by the Board of Mental Health Counselors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Board regulations may change.  This program is designed for students seeking to apply for state licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students seeking licensure in Connecticut and Vermont should also take PSYC 643, Career Development and Counseling.

Undergraduate prerequisites:
All candidates for the Art Therapy graduate degree are expected to have completed a Baccalaureate degree in art, psychology, or a related field. A minimum of eighteen (18) credits in studio art is required. Studio art course work should include a class in drawing or painting.  A minimum of twelve (12) credits of course work in psychology is also required. Psychology course work must include a 3 credit course in each of the following: introduction to psychology, human development, abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and a psychology course of the student’s choice.

Core Requirement: Total 3 credits

Art Studio electives: Total 4-6 credits

(Students must take a minimum of 2 (two) courses in this category)

*Art Therapy / Counseling electives: Total 4-6 credits

(Students must take a minimum of 2 (two) courses in this category)

Students who have completed the undergraduate Art Therapy program at Springfield College may waive an art therapy elective requirement, reducing the minimum credit requirement in the graduate Art Therapy/Counseling program by 2-3 credits under the following condition: The student must have received a grade of B or above in one or more 500 level elective courses in art therapy during their undergraduate program.

*Please note that students are recommended to have a specialization in one area.  A specialization may require an additional course beyond minimum requirements for graduation.

Minimum total credits required: 63-67

Students who graduated from the undergraduate art therapy programs at Springfield College and are registered in the graduate Art Therapy/Counseling Program, can waive up to 3 credits required in the Art Therapy Electives section of the program requirements. Eligible students must have completed a 500 level art therapy elective course at Springfield College in their undergraduate program and received a grade of B or above to be waived. (This may reduce the minimum credit requirement to 60-64 credits)

Art Therapy/Counseling students are required to have a minimum of 60 credits total upon graduation.

NOTE: Courses may change due to approval requirements of the American Art Therapy Association and licensing requirements of mental health counselors (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Arrangements with the gallery director for the graduate students’ final art exhibit must occur before registering for final semester.  Students wishing to obtain licensure in Connecticut and Vermont as a mental health counselor will need to enroll in PSYC 643, Career Counseling.

Candidates are eligible for the Master of Science Degree in accordance with Plan C which requires successful completion of all graduate work required by the student’s specific program, and a minimum of eleven credits of graduate work in the research area, which includes the following courses:

  1. Foundations and methods of research (RSCH 610 and ATPY 626)
  2. Educational and psychological statistics I (RSCH 620) or Qualitative Research Methodology (RSCH 615)
  3. Proposal design (RSCH 612)
  4. Research project (RSCH 626 or ATPY 627)

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