Master of Expressive Arts Therapy

Graduates are eligible for professional registration as an Arts Therapist with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) upon completion of 750 supervised practicum hours.

They are also eligible to seek qualification as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) after fulfilling 1,000 supervised practice hours, to be counted after graduation.

Details for registration requirements are contained in the following links:

The curriculum is also aligned with the regulations stipulated by the Health Professions Council of the United Kingdom, but generally UK professional registration is only granted to graduates from UK institutions.

The programme provides students with the academic and practical experience necessary to be adept practitioners and engage in effective cross-disciplinary practice. In addition to the international standards, there are two key principles that guide the design of the programme:

  • Cultural Values
    The first principle strives to integrate East-West learning. Accordingly, it pays special attention to the application of expressive arts therapy within local culture and with reference to Chinese arts.
  • Holistic Health
    The second principle strives to demonstrate the utility of expressive arts therapy, not only in the prevention of illness, but also in the promotion of holistic health and community development.

As expressive arts therapy can be integrated into a range of clinical, educational and community settings, the programme is designed for a broad spectrum of students:

  • Healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counsellors and pastoral counsellors, rehabilitation and occupational therapists who wish to acquire expressive arts therapy skills to complement their clinical practice;
  • Teachers such as art, music, dance, drama and physical education teachers, as well as, special education teachers; and
  • Professional artists of all disciplines who wish to apply their creative arts in clinical and educational settings.

Experiential learning enables students to critically evaluate their client populations to determine the best ways to serve them through the intentional use of expressive arts therapy. Students will develop an appreciation and respect for how personally engaging in the creative process can lead to opportunities for critical reflection and professional development. They will also have the opportunity to learn from educators from around the world, while at the same time serving as ambassadors for expressive arts therapy that is unique to Asian values and culture. Students will become confident in traditional expressive arts therapy from the West and leaders in a unique Asian-based manner of practice.

The programme is uniquely situated as a gateway to research collaboration and educational exchange of expressive arts therapy in Hong Kong, Asia and the world. Given the status of The University of Hong Kong and a growing interest in expressive arts therapy, the programme is well suited to engage with government agencies, community organizations and our international peers to contribute to the general body of research in expressive arts therapy. For example, current research projects in the US, such as the effects of expressive arts therapy on trauma, neurobiology, and the elderly, can be enhanced by international participation. By cooperating on such projects, we increase knowledge gain, while being mindful of regional and cultural considerations. As an English language curriculum in a major educational institution, we are able to be involved in international exchanges for classroom learning and practicum experience.