Candidates for the Masters of Science degree in Art Therapy must meet the special requirements specified under the Graduate Admissions page. This program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
This two-year, two-summer program of studies begins with an exploration of the theoretical foundations of art therapy and related topics. We strive to be comprehensive in our coverage of the varied theories of art therapy. Students will then be placed in internships that will expose them to work with a variety of individuals with different special needs and disabilities.
During the program, students can opt to complete a final project or a thesis. The art therapy course work is 61 credits if the students do a project and 64 credits if the thesis option is selected. Two courses outside the program (chemical dependency and human sexuality) are highly recommended and, if taken, will provide students who remain in Florida the ability to work towards the mental health counselor license (LMHC).
Development of a specialization in a specific aspect of art therapy practice is at the discretion of the student. Although FSU does not offer specific courses leading to a specialized area of practice, students can create a targeted specialization by doing the following: (1) choosing specific topics for the assigned papers required in various courses, (2) selecting practicum sites that serve a specific population with the advice and guidance of Clinical Coordinator, (3) selecting additional courses outside the program that will inform the specialized area of interest, and (4) developing a culminating project or thesis in the specialization area. Some examples of specializations are: (a) working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, (b) working in corrections and/or juvenile justice, and (c) eldercare, and (d) medical art therapy. FSU art therapy faculty members work closely with students who would like to work towards a specialization as well as advises and supports students to realize their goal.
The philosophy of the Department of Art Education as well as the Art Therapy program is based on Art for Life. In this model, art is considered as life-enhancing and is integral to the critique and betterment of society. The power of art for social justice and societal change is not only infused in our philosophy, but is the overarching theme that pervades our curriculum and coursework. In fact, the Department of Art Education, which houses the Art Therapy Program as well as two other programs, publishes the Journal of Art for Life, which focuses on social progress through the arts.