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Art Therapy and Counseling Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission must meet the general requirements for graduate admission and the following program requirements:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a recommended grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  2. An interview with the Art Therapy and Counseling department. Telephone interviews may be arranged for out-of-state applicants.
  3. An essay discussing the following: motivation for pursuing a career in art therapy and counseling, aptitude for working with people, the meaning of art in the applicant's life, areas of artistic strength and areas of possible artistic growth. Three to five pages are required, and this is generally brought to the interview. This essay is in addition to the general essay on the graduate application form.
  4. A portfolio brought to the interview prior to enrollment. Candidates completing prerequisite art courses may submit a partial portfolio for review, with follow-up work submitted after completing the art prerequisites. The portfolio should contain:
    • At least 24 works of art representing a variety of media and techniques
    • An index/or subtitles describing the media, size and date the work was completed
    • Digital images, slides, photos, or actual works are all acceptable.
  5. Prerequisite coursework in art and psychology are required, and must be completed no later than 12 months after entering the program. These are to include:
    • 18 semester hours in studio art to include:
      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Ceramics (or other 3D will be considered)
    • 12 semester hours in psychology to include a course in each of the following content areas:
      • General Psychology
      • Developmental Psychology (Human Growth and Development, Lifespan Development, Child and Adolescent Development, etc.)
      • Counseling Theory (or Theories of Personality, Personality Theory)
      • Abnormal Psychology (or Psychopathology)
Some experience in working with people within a human service context is highly recommended.