Graduate students working on an art project
graduate student working on magazine collage

The art therapy graduate degree program is designed especially for persons who, because of work, family or other commitments, cannot pursue a graduate degree in the traditional way.

  • Students are required to attend three on-campus residencies every year. The program is designed to take three years to complete.
  • On-campus residencies are at the beginning of every semester, which includes late July, early January and early June. The average length of the residency is between four and six days.
  • While on campus, students engage in group art workshops and professional seminars, interact with faculty and begin their semester courses.
  • While at home, students complete online classes and continue to interact with peers and faculty through our interactive course management system, Brightspace.
  • Students participate in three supervised clinical experiences:
  • Practicum during the Fall semester of the second year- 100 hours side by side with a registered art therapist (ATR)
  • Internship I during the Spring semester of the third year- 300 hours supervised by an onsite ATR
  • Internship II during the final Fall semester- 300 hours supervised by an onsite ATR
  • Through the first two semesters the student will get to know registered art therapists ideally near where they live and will not have to travel to complete clinical placements.
  • Students go through the program as a cohort, which allows for collaborative learning and community building with faculty and fellow students.
  • Housing opportunities are available in Le Fer Hall, or students may stay off-campus

Upcoming Residencies

  • January 13 – May 5, 2023: spring term
  • January 12 – 15, 2023: virtual residency
  • May 19 – July 14, 2023: summer term
  • June 8 – 11, 2023: on-campus residency
  • August 4 – December 1, 2023: fall term
  • August 3 – 6, 2023: on-campus residency
graduate student art exhibit

Upon graduation, those who hold this graduate degree pursue careers in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals and clinics, both medical and psychiatric
  • Out-patient mental health agencies and day treatment facilities
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Halfway houses
  • Domestic violence and homeless shelters
  • Community agencies and non-profit settings
  • Sheltered workshops
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Elder care facilities
  • Art studios
  • Private practice

Nationally Ranked

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy with an emphasis in Counseling is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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