Master of Expressive Arts Therapy

FAQs & Enquiries

FAQs

How do we define Expressive Arts?
The Expressive Arts are the integration of visual art, dance, music, drama and poetry. Although people may have a preference or strength in one or two, this programme trains people to be competent in all of them.
How long should I be involved with Arts before the application?
Candidate should be able to demonstrate involvement in the arts with at least 3 years before applying for the programme. (either formal training, or joining recreational arts course on a rather regular basis). Those interested in studying for the Master of Expressive Arts Therapy should prepare by enrolling in a formal or recreational art course and spending some time prepare a portfolio.
I do not have a Bachelor's degree with honours. Can I still apply for the programme?
Yes, you can still apply for the programme. In general, among the most important considerations are your demonstration of proficiency in using arts and your strong motivation to apply expressive arts therapy skills in clinical or educational settings.
What is the timetable of study?
  • Trying to accommodate the needs of students who are working, we shall schedule our classes at the most convenient time slots (e.g. weekday evenings).
  • For full-time student, normally you will attend three 3-hour classes per week during the first year of study. Class hours will be reduced to two 3-hour classes per week in the second year, giving you more time for the practicum (total 500 to 750 hours) and dissertation.
  • For part-time student, normally you will attend two 3-hour classes per week each year. You will spend a total of 500 to 750 hours of practicum in the second and the final year of study. Also, you will start your dissertation in the final year.
Can the potential candidate apply for the programme if he/she is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in HKU or other institutions?
According to the HKU General Qualifications for Admissions, concurrent registration by a student of this University for another postsecondary qualification either at this University or at another institution is not permitted, unless approval of the Senate has been obtained in advance.
Would it be possible to shorten or extend the period of study?
The curriculum shall extend over not fewer than two or not more than three academic years of full-time study; or not fewer than three and not more than five academic years of part-time study.
Do I have to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score?
Applicants with qualifications from a university of comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching or examination is not English are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for admission. Please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus at here for details.
How and where should I submit my application?
  • You should submit your application online and send relevant supporting documents to the Centre on Behavioral Health, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
  • If your certificates or transcripts have not been declared as true copies before a notary public (e.g. Commissioner for Oaths at a City District Office in Hong Kong), you may bring the originals of the documents together with an additional set of the photocopies to the Academic Services Office, G04, Run Run Shaw Building for verification. The Registry will then forward copies of your verified documents to the Centre on Behavioral Health. No photocopies will be accepted.
How will the interview be conducted?
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview. The interview will be conducted in a group format that will include discussion and an arts experiential.
What is the professional recognition upon graduation?
The completion of our master programme will fulfill the educational requirement of seeking registration as an Expressive Arts Therapist. To be considered as an REAT, you need to fulfill the post-training clinical experience requirement as well as personal therapy. More details about registration can be found in the websites of IEATA (http://www.ieata.org/reat.html) and ANZATA (https://www.anzata.org/).
  • Programme Director
  • Dr. Rainbow T.H. HO, PhD, BC-DMT, REAT, CGP, CMA(USA)
  • Registered and Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (USA)
  • Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (USA)
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist (USA)
  • Certified Movement Analyst (USA)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration
  • Director, Centre on Behavioral Health
  • emailaddressEmail: tinho@hku.hk

  • Academic Advisor
  • Ms. Julia C. Byrne
  • Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Administration
  • emailaddressEmail: jbyrne@hku.hk

  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Mr. Adrian H.Y. Wan
  • emailaddressEmail: awan@hku.hk

PhonebookTel: 2831-5166

Address: Centre on Behavioral Health, 2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, HK

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