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MFT/Art Therapy Admission Requirements

All prospective art therapy students must meet the following requirements to be considered for the art therapy program.  

1. Prerequisite Courses:  
  • 18 semester units of studio art (including drawing, painting, and a three-dimensional studio art course, such as 3-D design, sculpture) at a letter grade of "B" or higher
  • 12 units of study in psychology at a letter grade of "B" or higher must include Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology
2. Portfolio
  • 10 originals and/or color prints of artwork, 8x11 paper
3. General Requirements
  • Completion of Application Form (PDF)
  • Completion of an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (may be required)
  • Admissions Interview with Art Therapy department chair and/or faculty (includes portfolio review)**
*Note: A “Grade Point Average Exemption Statement” may allow admission for applicants who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement.
**Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, and/or Pupil Personnel Services credential students interested in the Art Therapy concentration are also required to interview with the Art Therapy department.

Entry Options

The Art Therapy program offers a Fall and Spring entry.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  To accommodate for adult learning needs and in order to meet the demands of a 66-unit program, 2-year and 3-year academic plans are offered. Both fall and spring entry offers the 2- and 3-year options. Upon interviewing and in accordance with admissions criteria, applicants are accepted to either the 2-year or the 3-year plan. The 2-year fall entry plan includes one required summer semester, and the 2-year spring entry plan requires two summer semesters. The 3-year fall entry includes one required and one optional summer semester, and the 3-year spring entry requires two summer semesters. Students in a 3-year plan have the option of enrolling in additional practicum courses and increasing the number of clinical hours accrued towards licensure.

Master of Arts in Psychology students who wish to add Art Therapy coursework after their first semester need to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor. A personal interview and an academic planning meeting with the Art Therapy Department Chair are required for all students prior to official acceptance into the program.

Students interested in the concentration option must apply to be accepted. Concentration students are not eligible to apply for Art Therapy Registration (ATR). Please contact an admissions advisor for more information regarding the concentration program

Prospective students are encouraged to consult with their admissions advisor regarding the details of the program options and multi-program choices.  Please call the Admissions Office at (818) 386-5660 for dates and class schedules.

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