Of all the goals I wish to attain following my graduation from MCA, my primary one is to become a practicing art therapist either with a certain office or on my own. In order to make this happen, I plan on taking a year off before going to grad school in order to build up my portfolio, gain a bigger network, do grad school research, and take the amount of psychology courses which are the pre-requisites for the program I am interested in attending school for. In order to become an accredited art therapist, I will need a Master's degree specifically in art therapy and at one of the schools listed on the American Art Therapy Association's website.
Originally, I had intended to go into one of these programs right away, but was unaware of the required three psychology courses one must have in order to even be accepted to the right schools. Thankfully, I have taken an Intro to Psychology class at MCA and will be able to fit one more psych course into my schedule next semester before I graduate. I am also going to be doing an internship next semester at the Exchange Club Family Center, which is a place that offers programs to help end domestic violence and abuse. Though it isn't an art therapy position per se, I will be working with children who come from an unfavorable environment. I would be responsible for coming up with fun arts and crafts activities for them to do at the Exchange Club that could be used to better understand what the child is experiencing and the feelings they are having and offer solutions for change.