BA Hons in Art Therapy

General

Program Description

The BA Hons in Art Therapy is a qualification for BTech and Honors Fine Art, Design, Education and Humanities graduates who wish to specialize in the foundations of the theory and practice of Art Therapy, where the focus is on the research, individual and group art practice and community engagement and arts-based social action.

EYE SEE YOU -  Perspective Playground, photokina 2018 „Super Labyrinth“ by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan

Articulation can occur for cross-disciplinary supervision and interdisciplinary arts therapy research and practice through community work placements and supervision. Further possibilities for articulation related to this program include Wits University’s Drama for Life (DFL) and Drama Therapy Honors and Master’s programs, Pretoria University’s Music and Expressive Arts Therapy Honors and Master’s programs; UK and USA Art Therapy Programs.

NOTE: The student obtaining this Honors qualification cannot practice clinical Art Therapy before obtaining a Master’s qualification, which is a registered profession with the HPCSA. The training that will be offered in the BA Hons (AT) qualification will draw on historical and more contemporary approaches to Art Therapy, both internationally and locally. The theoretical frame will be based on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic ways of thinking as well as within community-based thinking. The approach and curriculum are a result of participatory action research conducted in Art therapy in South Africa over the past 20 years. The training will consolidate and integrate community-based experiences with the body of knowledge and theory gained from developing and developed countries that offer an accredited Art Therapy training. The BA Hons (AT) will provide training that is in line with minimum standards of practice and at the same time, respond specifically to the unique South African context.

Selection is based on the academic merit of the candidate’s art portfolio, psychological maturity, and capacity to engage creatively with their internal world and external worlds. Candidates require a minimum of one year of Psychology. Applications are approved by the Departmental Committee comprising a panel of assessors from the Visual Art Departmental Committee and Art Psychotherapy specialist lecturers.

Applicants who wish to specialize in Art Therapy are selected by means of an entrance assessment comprising the following:

  • A personal portfolio that demonstrates an ability to engage reflectively with visual art, image-making, and design practices.
  • A written motivation that demonstrates sufficient academic and research competency.
  • Evidence of community engagement experience.
  • An interview where a candidate's reflective practice will be assessed.

We will be accepting ten to twelve students for the first cohort in 2020. If you are interested in applying for this program, please send a letter of motivation outlining your relevant qualifications and experiences. We will inform you of your eligibility to complete a formal application online and will be conducting interviews in October of this year.

Letters can be sent to Professor Kim Berman on kimb@uj.ac.za or call 011 559 1117

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less