This program is designed for students who desire graduate preparation in Art Therapy AND counseling. To be considered for the Master of Counseling/Art Therapy area of interest, applicants must present evidence of the following prerequisites, (which can be uploaded with the graduate admission application).
- A bachelor's degree in a related field (art, art education, psychology or other related major).*
- At least 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) in studio art, including drawing, painting, and sculpture or ceramics.*
- At least 12 semester hours (or 22 quarter hours) in psychology including general psychology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology.*
- Proficiency in drawing, painting, and sculpture. A portfolio of work is required ( minimum ten pieces accessible via a website URL or CD submission) demonstrating disciplined commitment to artmaking.
- Three letters of recommendation: Preferably one affirming academic ability, one from a qualified professional who can evaluate ability to work with people, and one character reference.
- Typed personal statement (approximately three pages) including reasons for wanting to pursue art therapy and counseling.
- Admission by Wayne State University (apply to the Office of Graduate Admissions).
*If the bachelor's degree was earned in art, psychology, or art education the applicant must have some of the required coursework in psychology or art. The remainder of the prerequisite coursework may be completed concurrently with the master's degree, within one year of admission. If the bachelor's degree was earned in another field, the applicant must have completed either all the art prerequisites or all the psychology prerequisites prior to admission to the Art Therapy Program. The remainder of the prerequisite coursework can be completed concurrently during the master's degree program, within one year of admission.
Plan of Work
After admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling (AT Conc.) (usually during the first semester) students should meet with Dr. Holly Feen or another counseling faculty member or to complete their Plan of Work. The Plan of Work must be approved and signed by advisors in both Art Therapy and Counseling, and submitted to the Graduate Education Office for approval, prior to completion of 12 semester hours of graduate coursework.
Advanced planning will help ensure the completion of the program in a timely fashion. Information about course offerings can be obtained from the Counseling and Art Education/Art Therapy Program areas.
Students must complete the requirements for the Master of Arts degree within six years following the date of the first recorded graduate course to be used for the degree.
Master's Degree Seminars
Students should plan to complete EER 7640 (3) Fundamentals of Research or TED 7000 Introductory Masters Seminar (a research methods course), one-two semesters before enrolling in the Terminal Master's seminar (ED 7999). Students should enroll in both classes following the completion of all other requirements, (with the exception of internship). When registering for ED 7999 select the section designated for Art Therapy students, which would be an arts based section of TED 7000.
Practicum / Internship
Students complete a 100 practicum hours via the courses AED 7380 and CED 7150 on campus, supervised by an ATR and LPC, respectively. Students then complete a 600 hour internship (AED 7890). Students may select sites from the list of University-approved sites. The site(s) must be appropriate for art therapy work with client and students will receive both art therapy (ATR) and counseling (LPC) supervision. Students will be required to attend both the art therapy and counseling seminars during Internship.
A minimum of semester 24 credit hours must be completed at Wayne State University.
One of the last steps you need to take before receiving your degree is to apply for graduation. You must apply for graduation in Pipeline no later than the end of the fifth week of classes in the semester you plan on graduating. To submit an application, click on the "Student" tab, and select "Apply for Degree or Certificate" from the Student Records menu. For additional information, please visit Degrees and Graduation.