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Programme: MA Arts Therapies (Coursework)

Code Faculty Department
01250115 Faculty of Humanities Department: Music
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 180 NQF level:  09

Programme information

This coursework master’s degree programme is offered over two years and comprises two core modules. One module entails research, including research methodology, an exam and the writing of a mini-dissertation. The arts therapy specialisation module can be completed in one of the following fields: Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy or Music Therapy. 
A practical clinical internship which is assessed through on-site and group supervision needs to be passed before the degree can be conferred.

Please note: Only two arts therapies specialisations are currently available, namely Music Therapy and Art Therapy.

Admission requirements

  1. Honours degree in Arts Therapies  or relevant honours degree (e.g. psychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work or education) or relevant four-year bachelor’s degree
  2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% for the honours degree or the four-year bachelor's degree
  3. Psychology passed at final-year level. In the case of mature students, selected psychology modules are specified in order to meet the admission requirements.
  4. Practical audition
  5. Portfolio
  6. Interview
  7. Written application form

Examinations and pass requirements

In addition to the successful completion of the two core modules, all students – irrespective of the selected arts therapy specialisation – are required to pass a clinical internship of 1000 hours distributed throughout the programme.

Pass with distinction

A student passes with distinction when an average mark of 75% is achieved for the core modules.

Minimum credits: 180

ATS 800 is compulsory. Only one of the Arts therapies specialisation modules should be selected.

Not all specialities are necessarily available in a specific year – see Programme information.

Core modules

Minimum credits: 180

Core modules


The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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