Proof Coursework Completed

Program-Specific Requirements

In addition to the University's requirements for admission to graduate school, applicants to the Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling Program must provide a:

  • Portfolio of artwork containing 15 - 20 examples of your own artwork as PDF files, including work in drawing, painting and clay. Submit via email or by mailing a USB drive.
  • Recent sample of your academic or professional writing (preferably in APA style).
  • Letter of intent answering the following questions (2 pages minimum):

- Summarize your interest in becoming an art therapist, being sure to include the reasons why becoming a mental health therapist is important to you.

- What interests you in Seton Hill in particular? Why would you like to study here, as opposed to elsewhere?

- The program demands a large amount of self-discipline and productive work habits (much reading and writing). How do you plan to handle this load?

- The program also demands a high degree of investment in developing the ability to reflect on and articulate personal attitudes. Openness to receiving feedback from faculty and peers is essential. Summarize your interest in developing this type of personal/professional growth.

- Are there any other factors (past experience, specialized knowledge) that would affect your chance of being successful in the program?

Preparatory Coursework

Applicants must have completed the following preparatory coursework at an accredited academic institution with grades of B (3.0) or better. These courses may or may not have been included in the undergraduate degree. These may be undergraduate or graduate level courses.

18 semester credits of studio art including:

  • Three credits each of: drawing, painting, clay/ceramics (should include some hand building).
  • Three credits of advanced studio coursework in painting, drawing or clay.
  • Six credits of additional studio art coursework in any media.

12 semester credits of psychology courses including:

  • Three credits each of introductory/general psychology, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology.
  • Three credits of additional psychology coursework. 

Provisional Admission

Applicants lacking preparatory coursework may request to be admitted to the graduate program provisionally, with the understanding that any outstanding preparatory coursework must be completed by the end of the first year of graduate study. When this coursework is completed the applicant will be granted regular graduate student status, which is required in order to continue into the second year of study. Use the bottom portion of the Proof of Completion of Preparatory Coursework form to request Provisional Admission.

Admission Process

Deadlines

Please submit completed applications including all requested materials no later than eight weeks prior to the term in which you wish to enroll -- by July 1 for fall admission and by November 30 for spring admission.

Process

You may submit application materials all at once or piecemeal. As soon as the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies receives any application materials from you an electronic file is created. You will have access to the file, to enable you to track the progress of your application. After all materials have been received your application will be reviewed and you will be notified in writing of the admission decision.

  • What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

    Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. All students wishing to graduate must apply for graduation by the application deadline. Applying for graduation is a University Degree Requirement that must be met by each student wishing to graduate. If you do not apply for graduation, you have not met all your degree requirements.


    Commencement ceremonies are the services held at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. These are ceremonies in which the achievement of the degree is recognized and celebrated by the University community and the students’ friends and family. You must apply to graduate to participate in Commencement.

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  • How do I apply for graduation?

    Refer to our Applying For Graduation page for instructions.

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  • What is the fee for graduation?

    There is no fee to apply for graduation. However, there are fees for purchasing academic regalia for students wishing to participate in commencement ceremonies. Check with Herff-Jones or the Campus Bookstore for price information.

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  • I applied for graduation, but how do I know if my application was received?

    • You will receive a confirmation number if you have successfully submitted the application. Print the confirmation number page for your records.

    • If you successfully submitted your application for graduation, you will also receive an e-mail to your myUTSAmail account approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

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  • I am having trouble applying online through ASAP, what’s wrong?

    The top online application errors are:

    • Failing to use Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

    • Incorrect formatting of addresses, dates and phone numbers

    • Applying for the incorrect term of graduation

    • Attempting to submit the application without the required number of completed hours

    • Trying to apply for a semester in which the application date has passed

    • Trying to apply for a semester too soon (only one year in advance)

    • You have not applied until you get a confirmation number.

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  • How can I withdraw my graduation application and when is the deadline?

    • Log into ASAP, Click the Student Services Tab, Click the Student Records link, Click the Graduation Link, Click Complete Graduation Application, Select Continue, Select the term you are trying to withdraw. It will then tell you, you have an application on file for that term already, select withdraw application at the bottom of that page.

    • You may also choose to submit the “Request to Withdrawal Graduation Application” form to One Stop Enrollment.

    • You will need to re-apply for the term you wish to graduate through your ASAP or your Undergraduate Academic Advisor.

    • All students that do not graduate for the term they applied must re-apply for graduation!

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  • I submitted my Degree Audit Request. Why is my name not on the list?

    Requesting a degree audit from your college is not the same as applying for graduation. You still have to apply online by the deadline in order to graduate.

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  • When will I get my diploma? Why does it take so long to receive my diploma?

    Diplomas are mailed approximately 60 days after the official close of the term in which you have graduated.

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  • How can I make sure my diploma will be sent to the correct address?

    • Update your address and check your diploma name on ASAP to ensure that your diploma name appears as it should and that it is sent to the correct address.

    • If you update your diploma address after the close of the semester, send an e-mail to graduationcoordination@utsa.edu to ensure that the change has been updated on the diploma list.

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  • What do I do if my diploma is incorrect?

    If you find errors on your diploma information or on the diploma itself, send an e-mail (from your myUTSAmail account) to graduationcoordination@utsa.edu. Include your full name, BANNER ID and a description of the error.

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  • I walked in the ceremony, does that mean I graduated?

    No. Participation in a commencement ceremony does not imply or infer the awarding of a degree at the time of the commencement ceremony; a final degree audit must be completed before a degree is officially awarded.

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  • I am job hunting and need proof that I am graduating, what do I do?

    Undergraduate Students:

    • If you have applied for graduation you can request a letter of degree completion from your advising center. Advising centers can provide this letter until the close of the term.

    • After the close of the term, but before degrees are posted to transcripts, students can obtain a letter of degree awarded from the Registrar’s Office by submitting the Release of Degree Information Form. The form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the appropriate deadline. Keep in mind that letters are done on a first come first serve basis and WILL NOT be done on the spot so plan accordingly. Turn around time varies depending on the number of requests.

    • After degrees are posted to transcripts we will not provide letters to students. Students can request transcripts online via ASAP.

    • Letters of Degree Completion, Awarded or Transcripts WILL NOT be released if the student has financial obligations to the university.

    Graduate Students:

    • If you have applied for graduation you can request a letter of degree completion with work complete or work in progress from your college by submitting the Release of Degree Information Form. These letters will be provided until the close of the term.

    • After the close of the term, but before degrees are posted to transcripts, students can obtain a letter of degree awarded from the Registrar’s Office by submitting the Release of Degree Information Form. The form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the appropriate deadline. Keep in mind that letters are done on a first come first serve basis and WILL NOT be done on the spot. Turn around time varies depending on the number of requests.

    • After degrees are posted to transcripts we will not provide letters to students. Students can request transcripts online via ASAP.

    • Letters of Degree Completion, Awarded or Transcripts WILL NOT be released if the student has financial obligations to the university.

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  • If I apply for the spring semester but do not graduate, why can’t my graduation application be used for the following semester?

    When you apply for graduation, you are applying for the degree to be awarded in that particular term. Graduation applications DO NOT roll to the next term. If you do not complete all the requirements, you must reapply.

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  • If I take a May mini-mester course, will I graduate in the spring?

    No. May mini-mester courses are part of the summer term. Students completing their coursework during the May mini-mester will be summer candidates if they have applied for summer graduation by the appropriate deadline.

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  • I finished all my courses at the end of the first summer session, why haven’t I received my diploma?

    Although there are various summer sessions, summer term is one long term ending in August. We graduate all summer candidates at the end of the long term. Once the term officially closes the final audits will take place and we will post degrees approximately 30 days after the close of the term. Diplomas will be mailed out approximately 60 days after the close of the term.

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  • If I participate in the May/December Ceremony, but graduate in the Summer, can my diploma say I graduated in May/December?

    No. Diplomas reflect the date of the term in which you applied for graduation. Walking in the ceremony is not graduation and therefore summer diplomas will reflect an August date regardless of the date of commencement participation.

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  • I graduated on one day, but my diploma shows a different day. Why?

    Diplomas will show the end of term date.

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