The following criteria must be fulfilled for admission to the Master’s program in Art Therapy/Counseling:
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
The College recognizes the importance of life experience, letters of recommendation and personal motivation as indicators of academic success in the art therapy field. These factors, along with a personal statement which describes professional and educational goals and intentions, will greatly enhance the likelihood of admission.
2. A minimum of 9 semester credits (14 quarter units) of undergraduate psychology coursework including:
One psychology elective of the applicant’s choice
An undergraduate psychology elective can be in personality theory, psychology of adjustment or social psychology, for example. A grade of “C” or better is required in each prerequisite course. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis are subject to approval for psychology credit. Psychology prerequisites must be completed before entry into the M.A. program.
3. A minimum of 18 semester credits (22.5 quarter units) in undergraduate studio art coursework including:
Four studio art electives of the applicant’s choice
It is recommended that these courses be taken at an accredited institution of higher education. Coursework taken in private or community settings may be accepted provided it has been group instruction and it meets Southwestern College requirements described below.
If the student selects private or community coursework, a minimum of 75 hours in each medium is required to fulfill the studio requirements. A letter from the instructor documenting the length of class, hours per class and total studio hours completed must be submitted for credit approval. Individual studio instruction is not accepted due to the lack of classroom experience. Studio art courses must be taken for a grade of “C” or better or on a pass/fail basis. Audited courses are not accepted.
4. An art portfolio of 12 to 15 images on a CD of current creative work reflecting at least three different media.
To apply, please submit the following for consideration:
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Two typed letters of recommendation (1 professional and 1 academic, or 2 professional recommendations if an academic reference is unavailable).
Typed three-page personal statement of professional and educational goals and intentions.
Art Portfolio (12-15 slides, thumb drive or disc)
When the above items have been received, we will contact you for an interview.
All applicants must have an interview with a member of the Admissions staff. Due to the applied and holistic nature of the program, the applicant’s presentation of self, including communication and reflective skills in the admissions interview, are critical factors in the determination of acceptance. The admissions interviews may be “in person” or “virtual.”
Note: Many Master’s degree students choose a certificate specialty program. If you are interested in any of these programs please contact Dru Phoenix. You can apply to to a certificate specialty program either before or after you begin classes at Southwestern College. To read more about the programs visit our Certificate Programs page.