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Master of Arts in Art Therapy

USA

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What will I learn?

About the MA in Art Therapy

Psychotherapy and visual arts practice are integrated to engage the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment. We promote scholarly research and evidence-based clinical praxis, cross-cultural competency with appreciation of social justice, and fluency with evolving technologies.

Degree Goal

To prepare competent entry-level art therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Degree Objectives

Cognitive (Knowledge)

You will develop a robust knowledge of clinical theory, with a solid grasp of psychodynamics. You will master the professional Ethics Code that guides clinical thinking in challenging situations.

Psychomotor (Skills)

You will learn to practice art therapy with diverse populations and acquire multicultural competency that reflects attunement to current global social justice issues.

Affective (Attitudes/Behaviors)

You will develop an identity as both an art therapist and a practicing artist, developing the clinical attunement, compassion, and acuity that is only fully realized by cultivating profound personal creativity.

Careers and Outcomes
Our degree takes full advantage of the wide variety of training opportunities available in New York, the art center of the world with one of the most diverse and richly complex health systems in the country. Experts in the field of mental health provide students with excellent opportunities for internships in a variety of renowned settings for training and career advancement.

We also support the continued growth and development of art therapists. We have post-master’s courses for working professionals and many graduates maintain a connection with our program as field supervisors, creating additional art therapy positions. In addition we offer a lecture series and symposia featuring speakers from the fields of art, art history, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and psychology.

Graduates are successfully establishing private practices in communities and present their work in conferences and symposia.

Which department am I in?

Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$49,270.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2023

Start date

September 2023

Venue

Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development

383 Lafayette Street,

New York,

10003, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to this program requires you to hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You also need to have a 3.0 GPA or better. Applicants lacking a BS from an ABET-accredited program in civil engineering (including those possessing undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines, engineering science, engineering technology and architecture, or from a foreign university) will have their qualifications reviewed by a graduate adviser.

For international students

You must have the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

If your native language is not English, you must submit results from one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic.

Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL): Scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 100 on the Internet based exam or 600 on the paper based exam.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates achieve a band score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): Official scores are valid for two years from the date taken. Successful candidates score a 68 to 70.

Application Deadline: Fall - February 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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