Specialized Training for Creative Therapy in Art and Movement
The Creative Arts Therapy Department at Pratt Institute was established in 1970, making it one of the first and oldest graduate art therapy programs in the United States. Pratt Institute offers 2 specialized degrees and a distance education program to prepare students for future careers as registered art and dance therapists.
All of Pratt Institute's creative arts therapy programs take 2 years to complete and emphasize field training and internships. The flexible degrees train students to work with a variety of patient populations in a range of clinical settings, and can be tailored to each student's professional career goals. Currently, graduates of the Creative Arts Therapy Department work in fields such as psychiatric clinical environments, after-school programs, medical rehabilitation centers, and substance abuse programs.
All art therapy programs at Pratt Institute are approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Coursework is automatically accepted by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), aiding students who wish to become registered art therapists.
A Professional Program for Careers in Art Therapy
The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Creative Arts Therapy focuses heavily on theory, balanced by hands-on art therapy techniques. All coursework incorporates an element of art or movement technique. Through seminars and workshops, students are taught how to use artistic expression therapeutically while working in individual and small group settings. Structured classes in clinical diagnoses, treatment issues, and personality development are required.
All students are required to complete 2 years of field experience and internships working with different patient populations, including adults, children, and adolescents. The internship allows students to tailor the degree to their personal interests. Past student internships include using art as therapy to assist sexual abuse, physical abuse, homeless, AIDS, and eating disorder patients.
Most applicants have bachelor's degrees in studio art or psychology. In order to be accepted to the art therapy program, students must have previous undergraduate coursework in both studio art and psychology.
Dance and Movement as Therapy in a Unique Master of Science Program
In the Master of Science (M.S.) in Dance/Movement Therapy program, students take specialized courses in dance practice and theory, improvisation, and movement. Students also take courses in clinical diagnosis, personality development, and behavior, focusing on how dance and movement can be used therapeutically. The program's required internships allow students to work with a variety of patient populations in both group and individual settings.
This program is certified by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), so all graduates receive a registered dance therapist (DTR) certification. If students wish, they can apply for registration with the Academy of Dance Therapists, which allows students to teach private practice dance therapy after graduation.
Applicants must have previous coursework in psychology and advanced training in modern dance and one other form of dance in order to be accepted to the dance therapy program. A written summary of previous dance experience is required along with application materials.
Distance Education in Art and Movement Therapy
Students may elect to take any of Pratt Institute's creative arts therapy programs through a distance education model. The distance program does require that students attend classes at the Pratt Institute campus in Brooklyn for one week in the spring and summer. Additionally, students are required to take 3 weeks of summer courses in New Hampshire, where students lead art and movement groups for community children.
Coursework and internships can be completed in students' home cities, making it possible for students to earn their degrees without relocating or interrupting employment. All distance education programs in art, and dance/movement therapy can be completed in 2 years.
Pratt Institute: In the Heart of Brooklyn
Pratt Institute is a private arts college and a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). The 25-acre campus is located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, with two satellite campuses in Manhattan and Utica. The Creative Arts Therapy Department is housed in the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design, where students have access to Pratt's cutting-edge art studios and technology.
About 1,400 graduate students attend classes at Pratt's bustling Brooklyn campus. Art museums, theaters, restaurants, and boutiques dot the historic neighborhood. Manhattan, the center of New York City living, is just a short train ride away.
Degrees & Awards
|Master's Degree Requirements||Letters of recommendation, portfolio|
TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||February 1|
|Types of financial support available||
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|Black or African American||15.32%|
|White or Caucasian||51%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||2.7%|
|Focus of faculty research:||Psychology and aesthetic interaction, art therapy and AIDS, art therapy and autism, art diagnosis|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||0|