Master of Arts / Full-Time
Studying art therapy in the Master's programme at Alanus University means thoroughly preparing yourself for the varied demands of working as a professional art therapist. Basis of the studies is the student’s own artistic competence and previous experience. The aim is to develop therapeutic abilities on the basis of medical-psychological, artistic and art-therapeutic findings and practice. Art therapeutic research is also an important focus of the programme and provides the basis for further academic qualification and leadership activities.
Art therapy is a young discipline that employs artistic aesthetic means to stimulate healing and development potential. It incorporates both traditional forms of expression (drawing, painting and sculpting) as well as new media (photography, video, spatial installation/presentation). On the basis of a sustainable therapeutic relationship, the patient’s ability to creatively express him/herself is expanded through the processes of visual design applied in the therapy. This opens up new space for aesthetically supported development and experience, and facilitates an expanded, more in-depth exploration of disease processes, personal themes and paths towards development.
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The course is divided into five areas of study that combine theory and practice.
- Art and Art Therapy 1st - 4th semester (22 credits)
Reflection on the artistic work process and development of a repertoire of artistic-therapeutic methods
- Medical-Psychological Expertise, 1st -2nd semester (15 credits)
Developmental psychology and fundamentals of pedagogy, approaches to prevention and rehabilitation, clinical psychology of children, adolescents and adults, crisis intervention and psychotherapeutic forms of treatment, psychooncology and palliative care
- Professional Skills in Art Therapy, 1st - 4th semester (34 credits)
Theory and methodology of art therapy, diagnostics and recording/analysis of findings, self-awareness and therapeutic relationship formation, specific art therapeutic approaches to various clinical pictures
- Research Skills, 1st -2nd / 4th semester (20 credits)
Specific approaches and forms of work in art therapeutic research, concrete research projects within the framework of the Master's thesis
- Art Therapy in Practice, 2nd - 4th semester (28 credits)
Practical applications of art therapy (four guided and supervised internships and projects in clinical and social institutions)
Based on Artistic Experience
Competencies in art therapy are built on the foundation of the student’s own artistic experience and developed in the corresponding modules, enabling students to set their own focus.
Strong Relation to Practice
The course includes several practical phases in psychiatric, somatic and psychosomatic clinics, in social institutions or in addiction treatment centres. The methodology and content of the internships is prepared, supported and reflected upon.
Against the backdrop of modern scientific findings, students explore the diverse range of art therapeutic approaches and the spectrum of effects different methods and forms of work have.
Connected to the Current State of Research
The course provides a differentiated overview of various approaches, fields of work and methodologies in current art therapeutic research so that students can develop their own research questions independently.
- First university degree in art, art therapy or art education
- Applicants with a first degree in another discipline can be admitted in exceptional cases. Aptitude for the field of art is determined during the entrance exam.
- 80-hour internship in art therapy or a related field of work
- Successful participation in the entrance exam
- Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both written and spoken
Applications to begin study in Autumn Semester 2019 must be submitted by 15 May 2019.
Applications must be submitted in writing (not digitally) and include:
- Application form
- Letter of Motivation
- Up-to-date portfolio
Requirements for portfolios
In addition to the written application documents, please submit a portfolio with approx. 20 current self-created works (maximum format DIN A1). The works should be no older than 2 years. Rolled up works are not accepted. Catalogues and photo documentations are permitted. The portfolio must be accompanied by a signed declaration stating that the works were created independently by the applicant. All included works must be labelled with the applicant’s name, the portfolio with name and address.
Successful completion of the programme qualifies students to work in psychiatric, psychotherapeutic or oncological clinics, rehabilitation facilities, social fields such as addiction prevention, school health promotion, or within the framework of intercultural integration projects, among others. The range of potential career options is steadily expanding.
Insights into the Master's Programme Art Therapy:
Interview with programme alumna Lena Hinckel
Interview with programme alumna Huda Neugebauer