Best Schools with Art Therapy Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Jan 09, 2020

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.

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The field of art therapy is specialized and, as such, not all colleges and universities offer programs in art therapy. However, there are some top schools that offer master's degree programs in this field. The following three schools not only offer graduate degree programs in art therapy but represent some of the best schools in the nation to do so. Each was ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2020 and approved by the American Art Therapy Association. At one school, evening classes are available to working students. Other programs can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Loyola Marymount University

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 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Loyola Marymount University held the number 64 position (tie) among national universities. This school is located in Los Angeles, California. Through the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola offers a marital and family therapy program with an 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. LMU's program is notable for the publication of the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy.

Seton Hill University

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 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, as one of the best northeastern colleges of 2020, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the school as #48 among the best regional colleges in the North in 2020. Seton Hill's art therapy program has been recognized by the American Art Therapy Association since 2000. The art therapy program is a combined 60 credits, and most classes are held in the evening to accommodate working students.

Eastern Virginia Medical School

School Highlight: M.S. in Art Therapy and Counseling students have 24/7 access to art studio facilities.

The Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, consists of a mixture of lecture- and lab-based coursework, along with research and clinical experience in the field. Students spend three semesters completing internship programs in art therapy, and they have the option of specializing in their studies in school, medical, geriatric, or trauma art therapy. The program concludes with a master's capstone project. The school was ranked #90 (tie) among medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.

Top Art Therapy Graduate Schools

Here are some more schools with strong graduate programs in art therapy.

College/University Name Distinction Location
George Washington University M.A. in Art Therapy program requires an interview and submission of a portfolio as part of the application process Washington, DC
Marywood University Masters level art therapy students are prepared for professional registration, board certification, and counselor licensing Scranton, PA
Nazareth College Ranked #25 in best value schools by U.S. News & World Report Rochester, NY
New York University Offers an M.A. in Art Therapy program with full- and part-time formats 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 Has an M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling program that prepares students to be clinical counselors or art therapists Edwardsville, IL
Springfield College The curriculum of the master's program in art therapy program requires studio art classes Springfield, MA

Although not extremely common, master's degree programs in art therapy can be found at well-regarded institutions around the country.

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