The MA Art Therapy Programme at LASALLE offers an internationally informed, two-year, full-time art therapy training in a contemporary psychodynamic framework. Integrated into the curriculum are inter-subjective approaches, attachment, and trauma theory with the ability to connect these concepts through the process of creativity and expression in treatment, in the Southeast Asian context. Paramount to this is the understanding of the development of the therapeutic alliance. The Programme works collaboratively in research, across cultures internationally, and across school faculties.
Singapore is at the epicentre of diversity in Asia, and the cultural landscape is rich and interwoven. Traditionally the East has emphasised the “we” in the relationship and the West has represented the “I”. The inter-subjective theorists integrate both concepts – self and community and include in their thinking the importance of equality, reciprocity, and response in relationship. Through understanding the dynamics and importance of attachment in development and the many manifestations of trauma in mental health, the inter-subjective philosophy is taught through process-oriented art therapy.
The Programme has achieved “approval” status by ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association) which provides you with the ability to acquire their AThR (registered art therapist in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore). Upon graduation, you are also eligible to apply for registration in Britain through the HPC (Health Professions Council), and, with appropriate supervised hours upon graduation, can apply for the ATR (registered art therapist in North America) through the ATCB (Art Therapy Credentials Board). You are encouraged to pursue student membership in any of these professional organisations in addition to ATAS (Art Therapists’ Association Singapore).
Training in Art Therapy at LASALLE
Training in art therapy at LASALLE takes place in a vibrant and innovative art school which offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with programmes such as theatre, music, fine arts, film, media arts and design. Specific modules are designed so that you may develop projects and research internationally and with these other faculties. The Programme accentuates the continued development of your artistic practice as well as cross-cultural training and research. In addition to interacting with MA Art Therapy programmes from around the world, you are provided with opportunities for clinical placement hours in the Asia Pacific region and internationally.
The Programme emphasises the training and understanding of the highest ethical practices in the field through the implementation of workshops on child, family and elder abuse and violence, international codes of ethics and best practices in art therapy, and the requirement that you maintain, personal therapy while enrolled in the Programme. You are required to maintain the Programme’s standards of fitness to practice in order to complete your MA degree.
Additional coursework may be required before acceptance into the programme based on applicant’s qualifications.
- Bachelor’s degree in visual arts or psychology, or an equivalent level of training in a relevant medical, social or human sciences field.
- Relevant work experience in a rehabilitative setting in the form of paid or unpaid/voluntary work (e.g. telephone counselling, social work or working with children, youth or the elderly).
- Demonstrable ability to discuss and reflect on one’s creative process.
- Demonstrable maturity and a willingness to undergo weekly personal therapy for the duration of the programme.
- A satisfactory score in written and spoken English OR a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL iBT 100 for applicants from countries where English is not the first language or whose qualifications are obtained from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction.
- Portfolio: At least 7 – 10 pieces of original 2-D or 3-D work (actual or documented) that demonstrate your creative practice.
- Three references: one personal, one professional, and one academic.
- An interview with the programme leader which includes participating in a brief art therapy experiential workshop, all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Additional coursework may be required before acceptance into the programme based on applicant’s qualifications.
- Application Assignments
- Statement of Purpose: A 500-word statement of your reasons for pursuing Master’s studies, your suitability and expected benefits from the programme.
- Applicants are required to submit a Self Declaration Statement and an Occupational Health Questionnaire at the point of admission into the programme. The prescribed forms are available from the Division of Admissions.
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Last updated February 1, 2016