We collect applications on a rolling basis. This means applications can be received year round for enrollment the following semester.
MA in Creative Arts Therapy Counseling Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the deadline for submitting the application?
- What should I include in the portfolio?
Include 12-15 pieces in a variety of media, particularly drawing, painting and 3D work. You may send your portfolio in digital format or bring your artwork with you at the time of your interview.
- I do not have all the prerequisites to enter the program. What should I do?
At times, students may begin the program and complete the undergraduate prerequisites within the first 12 months in the program. Each situation is different and decisions are made upon meeting with the Director.
- What is the theoretical approach of Hofstra's Creative Arts Therapy Counseling program?
Since art therapy is on a large continuum from "art as therapy" to "art psychotherapy" across the lifespan and a variety of populations and locations, Hofstra believes that students should be exposed to all theoretical approaches. This allows each student to choose which approach(es) fit best into their developing art therapy identity. Our faculty comes from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, and we offer a variety of field placements within a number of diverse focuses. Students can focus on a specific theoretical approach or population in their electives and field placement or choose to experience a variety of areas.
- How does a student choose a plan of study?
We know that no two students are alike. Every student who enters the Creatives Arts Therapy Counseling program will be assigned one of the full-time faculty as an academic advisor. Together, the student and advisor will discuss the interests and needs of the student, including registration, elective selection, field placements, completion timeframe, etc.
- What kinds of electives are offered in the program?
We offer diverse electives that expose students to expressive therapies that can enhance the art therapy process, including music therapy, dance therapy, play and sand tray therapy, as well as a study abroad option in Ireland.
- How are internships chosen, and what kind of experience will I attain during the internship?
The internship placement process is a collaboration between the program’s practicum/internship coordinator and the student. Together, populations and facilities of interest are identified, and students are then encouraged to contact the site supervisor to set up an interview and solidify placement. The coordinator works closely with the student to assure a placement is appropriately secured.