Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy

Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy
Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) is in a unique position to offer an expressive arts therapy programme as it serves a wide range of professionals in the educational, health and social service sectors, and it is set up to deliver courses for adults already in practice. For many years, requests have been forthcoming for a part-time arts therapy course for those unable to pursue it full-time. Hence, our Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy (GD XAT) programme offers not only a part-time and more flexible option, but also includes different art forms like play, art, mind and body work, narrative and storytelling. Through these in-depth opportunities, professionals could employ expressive arts therapy to combine psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. This multi-arts approach uses our innate desire to create - via play, art, music, dance, poetry or any other artistic form - as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change.

Our GD XAT creates new connections with emerging Asian models of expressive arts therapy in India and Hong Kong. It presents a psychological approach that is humanistic in orientation. As a Graduate Diploma, graduates will not meet the requirements for full registration as an expressive arts therapist or qualify them to practise as therapists. However, it will form the basis for the eventual development of a full masters programme which will qualify graduates to register as International Expressive Arts Therapists with IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association) that is based in the US. Graduates from GD XAT should be eligible to register as Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator (REACE) with IEATA and when they progress to the masters programme with the requisite clinical hours and supervision, they will then be eligible to be Registered Expressive Arts Therapists (REAT).
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in the English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) of at least IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) [IELTS/TOEFL score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application] IF:

• your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium university, OR
• your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium university must produce an official letter from the university to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

Additional admission requirements may be applicable to some programmes.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by the Singapore University of Social Sciences from time to time.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes. The decision of the Admissions Committee of the University is final and binding. The University reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.
Students of our GD XAT programme are required to complete 30 credit units consisting of six core courses, inclusive of a personal creative practice with reflective journalling and some supervised practice, before they graduate.


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Next Available Intake
July 2020

Application Closing Date
31 March 2020

Tuition Fee
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  1. 1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy (GD XAT)?
    We have only one intake a year, in every July

  2. 2. What is the maximum candidature to complete the GD XAT?
    The maximum candidature period is 2 years.

  3. 3. How many courses do students take in each semester? 
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. 4. What is the assessment structure?
    There will be two assignments and a written examination or end-of-course assessment for every course. Student will need to achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy.

  5. 5. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on four Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.
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