How to Choose a Graduate Program in Art Therapy
Many four-year colleges and universities offer graduate degree programs in art therapy.
Things to consider:
- Find a program accredited and approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
- Look for a broad curriculum that prepares students to facilitate artistic production with clients and helps them understand produced art.
- Many schools require practicums, though some may better fit student interests.
- Some schools may have teaching or research assistantships, fellowships or other funding options.
Graduate Programs in Art Therapy Overviews
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
Includes research methodology and a project or thesis, along with a practicum. Students must hold at least a bachelor's degree for admittance, along with prerequisite psychology coursework, unless the program is a joint B.A./M.A. program. The strongest candidates have bachelor's degrees in art or psychology. Students with a master's degree in a related field can pursue 1-year programs to fulfill the requirements to become a registered art therapist. Courses include:
- Psychological assessment
- History of art therapy
- Counseling skills
Doctoral Programs in Art Therapy
Doctoral programs in art therapy are not as common as master's degree programs, and require students to have a master's degree in art therapy before admittance. Additionally, candidates must have experience as an art therapist. Both professional and research doctoral programs in art therapy take 2-3 years to complete.
Professional doctoral programs teach:
- Advanced therapeutic techniques
- Teaching skills
- Administration and leadership skills
Research doctoral programs focus more on preparing students to conduct original research and teach at the collegiate level. Common requirements are a comprehensive exam, a dissertation or special culminating project and a practicum, depending on the school.
10 Schools for Art Therapy Graduate Programs
|Adler University||4-year, Private|
|Seton Hill University||4-year, Private|
|Marywood University||4-year, Private|
|Edinboro University||4-year, Public|
|Antioch University||4-year, Private|
|Southwestern College||4-year, Private|
|Emporia State University||4-year, Public|
|Temple University||4-year, Public|
|Columbia College Chicago||4-year, Private|
|Colorado State University||4-year, Public|