Combine creativity with your passion for helping others by earning a master's degree in counseling and art therapy.
The Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy program provides education and training in clinical mental health counseling and prepares competent, entry-level art therapists in the cognitive (knowledge, psychomotor skills) and affective (behavior) domains. Students learn to aid clients in exploring personal potentials and problems through both visual and verbal expression.
Through Ursuline's nationally recognized Counseling and Art Therapy master's program, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of clinical, educational, medical, and human-service settings. Because of our extensive network of partner institutions, you'll choose from a wide range of internship placements. We'll encourage you to develop areas of expertise in line with your own strengths and interests and we'll nurture your professional development.
Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accomodate your job and internship obligations. Electives are offered in a workshop format, which allows you to attend two consecutive days followed by time to complete assignments. Workshop presenters include nationally known figures, authors, lecturers and experts in various approaches.
If you already possess a master’s degree in a related field, we can design a course sequence to meet the educational standards for registration and certification as an art therapist, depending upon the current national standards of the Art Therapy Credentials Board.
Counseling and Art Therapy Program Accreditation
The program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association (4875 Eisenhower Ave., Suite 240, Alexandria, VA, 22304, 888.290.0878) and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA, 22314, 703.535.5990). Please note, the American Art Therapy Association approval process is changing to the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (4875 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 240, Alexandria, VA 22304, 724.830.1140). For more information on this process, please view this brochure. The program is currently in application for this accreditation.
Nine or ten times throughout the year, Counseling and Art Therapy faculty members host information sessions on campus to address any questions you may have. These are generally held on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. We go over credentials, curriculum, the admission process and more. Scroll through our calendar for the next session and contact the Graduate Admission office to register.
Counseling and Art Therapy Program Goals
- Prepare holistically educated human service professionals adept in facilitating the creative process as a source of integration and prepared to seek licensure and credentialing
- Utilize the vast community resources in order to expose students to competent clinical counseling training and in-depth study of art therapy processes and applications
- Offer a state-of-the-art curriculum that develops the specific competencies of the professions of counseling and art therapy
- Incorporate a philosophy of education and training that is motivated by respect for the dignity of each person
- Improve the quality of life for a variety of populations and the balance of treatment with the health care field through the promotion of counseling and art therapy
Student Learning Outcomes
- To know and practice art therapy and counseling ethics
- To know and utilize appraisal instruments, art therapy assessments, and to be able to diagnose
- To know and demonstrate understanding of counseling theory, art therapy theory, developmental theory, history of art therapy and clinical mental health counseling, and of recipient populations/specializations
- To know and demonstrate skills with individuals, groups and families in all phases of the therapeutic process; to develop treatment plans, use appropriate documentation, verbal and non-verbal interventions, with cultural sensitivity with a range of populations/specializations
- To demonstrate personal and professional growth, including effective use of supervision, recognition of strengths and limitations, development of a unique voice and vision as a professional counselor and art therapist, active in professional associations and committed to ongoing personal creative expression
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Careers: Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy
Your Future Credentials and Career
Upon graduating from Ursuline's Counseling and Art Therapy master's program, you'll meet the educational requirements for counseling licensure (LPC-Licensed Professional Counselor and LPCC-Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) in Ohio, and the educational requirements for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certifying Counselors. You'll meet the education requirements for national registration and board certification for art therapists (ATR-BC) through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, and may meet the educational requirements for counselor and/or art therapy licensure in many states. Licensure laws vary from state to state. If you live and plan to work outside of Ohio, we encourage you to check your own state's laws for licensure eligibility requirements.
After completing the program, you'll be prepared to work in a wide variety of clinical, educational, and human service institutions, including hospitals, children’s agencies, mental health and counseling centers, correctional and geriatric facilities, hospice care, and wellness centers to name a few. Graduates of Ursuline's Counseling and Art Therapy master's program are directors and supervisors in many facilities; they are board members of state and national organizations; educators; and professionals in private practice. The dual credential makes our graduates competitive and marketable!
Admission Requirements: Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy
The suggested deadlines for applications to the Counseling and Art Therapy program are as follows:
- June 15 for fall semester enrollment
- October 15 for spring semester enrollment
- March 15 for summer enrollment
We accept and admit students on a rolling basis throughout each semester.
Students applying for admission must meet the general requirements for graduate admission and the following program requirements:
A 3-5 page essay in APA format discussing the following:
- Aptitude for working with people
- Motivation for pursuing a career in counseling and art therapy
- The meaning of art in the applicant’s life
- Areas of artistic strength and areas of possible artistic growth
Please note: This essay is in addition to the general essay on the graduate application form.
A portfolio brought to the interview prior to enrollment. Candidates completing prerequisite art courses must 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
- A separate index describing the media, size and date the work was completed
- Digital images, slides, photos, or actual works are all acceptable.
18 semester hours in studio art that must include:
12 semester hours in psychology that must include:
- General Psychology
- Developmental Psychology (such as Human Growth and Development, Lifespan Development, or Child and Adolescent Development, etc.)
- Counseling Theory (or Theories of Personality, or Personality Theory)
- Abnormal Psychology (or Psychopathology)
At least 12 hours of the studio art and at least 9 hours of the psychology must be completed prior to starting the program. The remaining prerequisites must be completed within the first year of the program.
Some experience in working with people within a human service context is highly recommended.
Scholarships: Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy
Helen Dineen Scholarship
Ascholarship awarded on an annual basis to graduate students exhibiting a high level of academic scholarship, financial need and a desire to work with children. Students must complete a FAFSA and Scholarship Application Form. Eligible candidates will be sent the application materials from Graduate Studies, and the forms are to be returned to Mullen 302 by September 30.
Carol Hunter Kelley/GHF Scholarship
A Counseling and Art Therapy scholarship award granted to the College by Carol Kelley, class of 1989. For details please contact the Counseling and Art Therapy Department at 440 646 8139.
Sarah Scherer Memorial Fund
This scholarship was established in honor of Sarah Scherer, a counseling and art therapy student who died in a tragic accident while on vacation in Italy in the fall of 2007. Sarah was completing an internship at Signature Health, a community mental health agency where she also worked. Sarah’s creativity, compassion and wisdom were an inspiration to both her clients and fellow students. The recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship and complete a paid internship at Signature Health.
American Art Therapy Association Scholarships
The AATA offers research grants and student scholarships. For details on eligibility and how to apply, visit https://arttherapy.org/scholarships/.
If you live more than 50 miles from Ursuline College, are admitted to the Counseling and Art Therapy program, and have completed the FAFSA, you are eligible to apply for a housing scholarship. The application is available here and must be submitted by July 15.