Best Schools with Art Therapy Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Learn about art therapy programs leading to graduate degrees. This article identifies three of the best programs in the nation in art therapy, and provides information about the schools offering these programs, their rankings, and program details.

Schools Overview

The field of art therapy is specialized and, as such, not all colleges and universities offer programs in art therapy. The following two schools not only offer graduate degree programs in art therapy, but represent two of the best schools in the nation to do so. Both have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Evening classes may be available to working students, and some art therapy graduate students may be able to earn their degrees in two years. Both of the following programs have been approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA); read on for more information.

1. Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA

School Highlight: Graduate students can gain experience observing and participating in art therapy sessions at the department's Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic, which offers art therapy to underprivileged children and families.

According to the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Loyola Marymount University held the number three position among regional universities in the West. Through the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola offers a marital and family therapy program with emphasis in clinical art therapy. After completion of the two-year, full-time program, students will earn a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from a university approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). LMU's program is notable for the publication of the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy.

2. Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA

School Highlight: Most classes are held in the evening, and students can complete the program in as few as seven semesters.

The Princeton Review named Seton Hill University as one of the Best Northeastern Colleges of 2015, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the school as number 11 among the best regional colleges in the North in 2015. Seton Hill's art therapy program has been recognized by the AATA since 2000. The art therapy program is a combined 60 credits, and most classes are held in the evening to accommodate working students.

Top Art Therapy Graduate Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Eastern Virginia Medical School M.S. in Art Therapy and Counseling students have 24/7 access to art studio facilities Norfolk, VA
George Washington University M.A. in Art Therapy program requires an interview and submission of portfolio as part of application process Washington, DC
Marywood University M.A. in Art Therapy students are prepared for professional registration, board certification and counselor licensing Scranton, PA
Nazareth College 100% of art therapy graduates pass their board certification exams Rochester, NY
New York University M.A. in Art Therapy program is available full- or part-time New York, NY
Notre Dame de Namur University The M.A. in Art Therapy program prepares students for professional licensure and registration, depending on career goals Belmont, CA
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville The M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling program prepares students to be clinical counselors or art therapists Edwardsville, IL
Springfield College The curriculum of the master's in art therapy program requires studio art classes Springfield, MA

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