MA Arts Therapies (Coursework)

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 31/05/2020
  • Non-SA – 31/05/2020

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s or honours degree in the modality of specialisation or in a related field (e.g. psychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work or education) with strong modality-specific skills, and a minimum average of 70%.
  • Psychology to third-year level is required. In the case of mature students, selected psychology modules are specified in order to meet the admission requirements.

Selection Process

Selection into this programme depends on a written application, an audition/portfolio submission and an interview in modality-specific competencies. The School of Arts in the Faculty of Humanities will facilitate this.

Selection principles

  • Applicants need to comply with the minimum requirements set out in this document to be considered for selection.
  • Incomplete applications and applications not received by the closing date are at risk of not being considered for selection.
  • Candidates will be selected taking into account proficiency in the relevant arts medium, potential to apply the art form therapeutically and to build rapport with clients, life experience, insight, maturity, and academic proficiency.

Selection procedure

Information regarding the application and selection procedures, audition/portfolio requirements and the interview will be available on the School of Arts website (also see Appendix to Annexure A).

Candidates must complete a written application, take part in a practical audition/submit a portfolio, and attend an interview.

Final selection

The selection of candidates with a view to admission, takes the following into account:

  • Strong academic performance
  • Proficiency in the relevant arts modality
  • The results of a review of their portfolio or their performance in an audition, as well as their responses within a personal interview. Performance in the audition/portfolios is reviewed by the Selection Committee to assess the candidates’ level of skill, creativity, insight, reflective capability, versatility, and artistic/musical/dramatic/embodied communicativeness.
  • The interview is conducted by members of the selection committee.
  • The final selection dates will be confirmed before the application deadline for each year. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who comply with all the requirements for admission may be interviewed outside the scheduled timeframe.
  • From 31 August onwards, Student Administration will notify all applicants of the results of the selection process.
  • Candidates who are selected for admission must inform the School of Arts no later than by 16 September whether they intend to accept the offer or not.

Duration of study

2 years, full-time.

Faculty Notes

The Faculty of Humanities provides a holistic education, transferable skills, critical thinking, and communication and problem-solving that will help you develop to your full potential. You will be entering a stimulating environment that will broaden your intellectual horizons and help you achieve personal and professional success through the best possible learning experience.

As the most diverse Faculty of the University of Pretoria, we offer an exciting and comprehensive range of programmes and discipline-based majors, including studies in languages, social sciences and visual and performing arts.

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