Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian State University!

All students interested in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Appalachian State University must apply through The Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. The Graduate School processes the applications and sends them to the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling for review.

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Expressive Arts Therapy Program Options

  • Students accepted into the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling may choose:
    Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration or Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate
     
  • Students accepted into another graduate degree program such as Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling or Social Work may complete coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy along with their graduate degree.
     
  • Those who currently hold a master's degree in counseling or related mental health field or a master's degree in an arts therapy field may apply directly for the Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy through the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. Apply

Application Information

Deadlines

The CMHC Program and Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program begin during the Fall semester each year.

  • Early Application Deadline: February 15th
     
  • Final Deadline: April 1st

Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School's online application process, all prospective students must also complete an admissions questionnaire.

Admissions to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and Expressive Arts Therapy are competitive. Applying before the early application deadline is highly encouraged.

Being a full-time student, you can expect to complete the 60 credit hours between 2 and 3 years without thesis; 54 credit hours with thesis. Part-time students are also admitted into the program.

You can access the Graduate Courses in Human Development & Psychological Counseling (HPC), for the CMHC and Expressive Art classes here.

Links

Please explore the links below for more information and application forms:

Questions About Expressive Arts Therapy

What is expressive arts therapy?

Expressive arts therapy (also referred to as intermodal expressive therapy, creative arts therapy, or interdisciplinary arts therapy) is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, writing, movement, dream work and visual arts, together, in an integrated way to foster human growth, development and healing. Expressive arts therapy is based upon the major premise that each human being has the gift of imagination and the capacity to express and shape experience into artistic form, that the arts belong together and that the arts belong to everyone. This is art making in the service of life.

What is the history of Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian?

Expressive Arts Therapy at Appalachian State University began in 1985 when the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian offered a course called Therapy and the Expressive Arts. Faculty presenters included counselors, arts therapists, therapists who were artists and artists who used dreams and the creative process for personal and professional growth. They modeled the course on the concepts of an interdisciplinary approach and a creative, therapeutic community of faculty and students. In 1997, faculty members who had been collaborating in that course began to meet monthly, thereby establishing a formal interdisciplinary group known as the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective. They shared expertise, participated in additional training and worked together in formal and informal team teaching. From their collaboration and with inspiration and support from the Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Support, they developed an integrative expressive arts concentration within the master's degree program in Community Counseling as well as a Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy.

The Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective co-authored Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Process in Art and Life.(2003). Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers.

Questions About Admissions

What are the requirements to be accepted as an expressive arts student?

Students accepted into the master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling may choose a concentration in expressive arts which requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of expressive arts courses. Prospective students who currently have a master's degree in counseling or related field or a master's degree in an arts therapy field are eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. This requires 18 semester hours of coursework. Students who are enrolled in the master's degree programs in counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and College Student Development) may pursue the Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in addition to and in conjunction with the master's degree.

How and when do I apply for the program?

All students must apply through the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. Admission to the Community Counseling Program begins in early February for the following summer or fall . Applicants must also fill out an admissions questionnaire from the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling. Students who are seeking a certificate may apply at any time.

Questions About Being a Student

What is the average cost of a semester in the program?

Please refer to the ASU Office of the Registrar at http://www.registrar.appstate.edu/ for the most current information about tuition and fees. Graduate students are responsible for buying books and materials. Housing costs vary and more specific information can be determined by visiting Housing and Residence Life.

What resources are available for students?

Appalachian has an extensive network of student services and support, including financial aid, health services and academic support. Please explore the links below for detailed information.

Questions About Working in the Field

What kind of positions do graduates of the program currently hold?

Graduates hold many different positions in private practice, at mental health agencies, addictions treatment facilities, hospitals, art galleries, public schools, and institutions of higher education.

Will I be a registered or certified expressive arts therapist after completing the program?

Students completing the certificate program will hold a Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) is conferred by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and requires post-master's experience and supervision. Please visit http://www.ieata.org for more information.