About the MAAT Program
"I love the caliber of the faculty and the comradery and diversity of the students.”
Ginger Wallace, current MAAT student and a full-time Web designer from North Carolina
"As an ATR supervisor, I appreciate the professionalism, insight and skills the SMWC students bring to the internship site.”
Nancy Groover, ATR and MAAT instructor from Indiana
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree program began in January 2000, and was designed for women and men who utilize or plan to utilize art in therapy and art as therapy. The program’s distance learning format through online classes provides the opportunity for graduate study to individuals who cannot take extended time off from professional and family responsibilities, or who do not have access to graduate art therapy education in their home states.
The purpose of the program is to prepare women and men, personally and professionally, to fulfill their roles as responsible and ethical art therapists. The program provides education for allied health professionals who are not trained as an art therapist but who desire advanced training in art therapy. Others may enroll in the program for personal enrichment. The 50 semester credit hour curriculum is designed according to the educational guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association. The curriculum offers a focus in spirituality/creativity. Emphasis is given to the understanding and applying theories of art therapy, counseling and psychopathology as related to the development of the therapeutic self.
The goal of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree program is to educate students on theory and techniques that facilitate the use of creativity through art media for emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth.
- To provide instruction, experience, and resources for students according to the educational guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association.
- To foster the student’s ability to integrate theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy as related to the therapeutic self.
- To foster the student’s development of appropriate art therapy and counseling skills utilized in treatment.
- To foster independent learning, critical thinking and the ability for the student to articulate their own meaning of art therapy.
- To foster a community of learning and mutual support during and after the residencies.
Students graduating from the art therapy degree program will be able to:
- Articulate a personal view of art as therapy and art in therapy.
- Understand and define the foundations, principles, and therapeutic uses of art.
- Apply standards of professional competence and business practices.
- Integrate theories of art therapy with practical application as evidenced by fieldwork and internship performance.
- Apply analytical, evaluative and integrative skills of art, art therapy, psychology and counseling.
- Obtain a professional position using art in a therapeutic manner
Art Therapist Career Options include (adapted from the AATA website)
- Hospitals and clinics, both medical and psychiatric
- Out-patient mental health agencies and day treatment facilities
- Residential treatment centers
- Halfway houses
- Domestic violence and homeless shelters
- Community agencies and non-profit settings
- Sheltered workshops
- Schools, colleges, and universities
- Correctional facilities
- Elder care facilities
- Art studios
- Private practice