Adler University (Vancouver Campus)

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy

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Program Information

School:Adler University (Vancouver Campus)
Field of Study:Art Therapy/Therapist
Counselling Psychology
Description:As a form of expressive therapy, art therapy draws on artistic media and the creative process to help improve an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Art therapists are counsellors trained to help people through art. The Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program at Adler University is British Columbia’s only master’s program in art therapy. It combines innovative practical training and a rigorous curriculum focused on traditional counselling theories and techniques, and an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, with a focus on art-making and counselling methodologies.
URL:Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy at Adler University (Vancouver Campus)
Length:2 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in psychology or counselling-related discipline, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate course work. Applicants must also have the equivalent of at least twelve semester credit hours in baccalaureate level psychology coursework with a grade of C or better. These courses must include introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods, and developmental psychology. Applicants are required to have the equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in studio art which demonstrates proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 240] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]
    Application Notes : Applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
    • Portfolio
    Applicants must submit a portfolio of original art work: 15 examples in three or more different media demonstrating competence with art materials. Coursework or volunteer/work experience that involves the use of counselling related skills and demonstrates counselling capacity is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants. Approved applicants will be evaluated through an in-person writing sample, a portfolio reviewa nd an interview as the final step in the application process.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 14, 2016