Students in the Masters program in Art Education will be eligible for either the Masters of Science or Masters of Arts degree.
Candidates for the Masters of Arts degree must meet the special requirements specified under the graduate studies section of the Florida State University Bulletin.
This two-year, two-summer program is focused on providing a superior education in art therapy theory, practice, and research for graduate students so that they may offer exemplary services to those in need including the university and community-at-large. The program of studies begins with an exploration of the theoretical foundations of art therapy and related topics. Students will then be placed in internships that will expose them to work with in a variety of individuals with special needs and disabilities.
This program is of particular interest to individuals who aspire to serving special populations and individuals with various disabilities and who would like to work in educational, clinical, and community health and mental health facilities.
The MS in Art Therapy adheres to the AATA guidelines for education and has received approved by AATA. The courses fulfill current Art Therapy Credentials Board Registration (ATR) and Certification (BC) guidelines for twenty-four (24) semester hours of art therapy. The required twelve (12) semester hours of psychology prerequisite courses for ATR registration may include CLP 5475, 5195, 4143, DEP 5165, PSY 4303, or DEP 3305 (not counted for MS).
For individuals interested in the gifted special populations, courses may include selections from EGI 4011, 5232, 5235, 5416, and 5936.
On July 1, 1965, the Board of Regents of the Florida State University system established a doctoral program in Art Education in the Department of Art Education at Florida State University.
The first doctoral students were accepted in January, 1966. The doctoral program, which may lead to either the doctor of philosophy or doctor of education degree, consists of three special areas of concentration: Art Education, Art Therapy, and Arts Administration.
Many of the recipients of the doctoral degree are now teaching on the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the United States or are administering arts programs in education or arts institutions and agencies.
The weekend workshops offered over the summer months, co-sponsored by the FSU Art Therapy Program and the Academic and Professional Programs Services (APPS), provide a unique learning environment for the students of the Art Therapy program.
Professionals and students from several disciplines attend these workshops that directly address various topics such as Trauma and Multicultural issues in Art Therapy. Each weekend course is lead by a visiting Art Therapist who is well adept at integrating art therapy theory with the particular subject area. Not only do students gain a foundation in these pervasive subject areas, they have an opportunity to learn from a variety of professors outside of the university.
In the past, these workshops have been offered at the Ringling School of Art and Design - Sarasota, Florida and at the Florida State University.