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School of Art and Design
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy with Special Needs Children
By educating art and dance therapy students to become accomplished clinicians, graduates of the Creative Arts Therapy department help individuals with mental health issues reach their full potential. The integration of theoretical and experiential learning forms the basis of the department’s educational process and creates a curriculum rich in critical and creative thinking to help students adopt innovative solutions to clinical issues. Creative Arts Therapy aims to create committed professionals who, through their chosen art form, apply the creative process and aesthetic decision making to become leaders in the creative arts therapy ﬁeld. For information about our Spring/Summer Intensive format which includes the same course content, please visit our Spring/Summer Intensive webpage under Creative Arts Therapy.
Our tradition of teaching creative arts therapies is rooted in psychodynamic theory. We offer a historical perspective on the evolution of the field leading to current applications of practice in a variety of settings. Our program combines the power of non-verbal communication, artistic process, and embodied creative action. Our students develop self-awareness and recognition of their unique attributes through experiential learning. They acquire an increased sense of self and resiliency which is translated to their work as creative arts therapists.
Learning objectives for the M.P.S. in Art Therapy and Creativity Development, the M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy, and the M.P.S. in Art Therapy (Special Education) are as follows:
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in dance or psychology. Prerequisites are 12 credits in psychology to include general, abnormal, theories of personality, and developmental psychology; and course work in anatomy/kinesiology. Students must also have extensive experience in at least two idioms of dance, one of which must be modern dance. Students must have experience in body/mind modalities, such as meditation, yoga, and body therapy. A written synopsis of dance training and experience must be submitted with the application. A personal interview will be required, part of which will include movement. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 computer or 100 Internet) is required of all international students. No TOEFL waivers will be issued unless student's first language is english.
Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999