Chulalongkorn University’s FAA Launches New International Programs

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Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) is launching three new international postgraduate programs: MA in Music Therapy, MA in Creative Arts Therapy, and MA in Curatorial Practice. These are the first international masters’ programs to be offered by the faculty since it was founded in 1983.

The first program to be offered to international students is the MA in Music Therapy, which will open for applications in February 2021.

The course, the first-ever international master’s program in music therapy in Thailand is the result of a collaboration between three leading universities in music therapy – Temple University (USA), Jyvaskyla University (Finland) and the Luca School of Arts (Belgium) – in close cooperation with FAA, Chulalongkorn University’s Faculties of Medicine and Psychology.

FAA is pioneering music therapy in Thailand and Southeast Asia, as the MA in Music Therapy is the first course of its kind in the region.

In 2022, the other two programs will be open to applications from international students. The MA in Creative Arts Therapy is a postgraduate program for art professionals who provide art therapy services but do not have professional certification. The faculty already offers a professional certificate for art therapy.

This new program is the result of a collaboration between FAA and Haifa University (Israel), which is a leading research institute. FAA recently led a group of volunteer therapists to provide counseling and therapy to survivors of a traumatic shooting event in Korat city in 2020.

The MA in Curatorial Practice was developed following close consultations with those involved in all aspects of curatorial practice, from employers (private and public sectors) to curators to lecturers and students. With growing interest in art and museums/galleries in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region, this program is designed to train future curators in the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to develop as qualified curators in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

An Open House to introduce the new MA in Music Therapy program will be held on 15 December 2020 at 8.00 pm (GMT+7:00 Thailand Time Zone). The Open House offers participants the opportunity to chat with the faculty members of the program: Programme Director Professor Bussakorn Binson, Ph.D., Academic Director Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Cheryl Dileo, Ph.D., MT-BC and Cooperating Faculty Guest lecturer Professor Jos de backer, Ph.D.