The Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree program courses are designed to meet the American Art Therapy Association’s Education Standards and the Art Therapy Credentials Board ( registration guidelines.

Required Courses

60 semester credit hours required; all courses listed.

Examines the theoretical foundations of art therapy, covers the history of art therapy, the Expressive Therapies Continuum, and various theoretical orientations of art therapy. Explores the application of art therapy techniques and the rationale as guided by media properties.

Examines fundamentals of graphic development. Introduces art therapy assessments and other projective evaluation tools. Legal and ethical issues regarding art therapy evaluations will be examined.

Explores aspects of cultural diversity and the therapeutic relationship. Students will examine worldviews, personal views and biases through their own heritage and experiential activities.

Explores symbolic expression based on methods in art psychotherapy. Topics include diagnostic, developmental, individual, group, and family therapy issues. Requires five to eight hours per week observation and participation at a practicum site. One hour per week supervision as arranged.

Examines the application of the Expressive Therapies Continuum and art therapy techniques with different types of psychological disorders. Requires 100 hours (8 hours per week) observation and participation at a practicum site. One hour of ATR supervision is required for every ten hours of client contact.

Prepares students for practical applications in art therapy. Students must pass a "Gateway" before moving on to an internship.

Examines developmental patterns through the life span and skill development in art therapy and counseling with children, adolescents, families and geriatric populations.

Examines the use of art therapy approaches for personal and spiritual renewal.

Directed on-site clinical experience in art therapy treatment. A minimum of 300 clock hours. Weekly supervision by a Registered Art Therapist. Prerequisite: Clinical Art Therapy I & II and approval to start an internship.

Directed on site clinical experience in art therapy treatment. A minimum of 300 clock hours. Weekly supervision by a registered Art Therapist. Prerequisite: Internship I.

A group supervision experience to examine the expressive and ethical issues that students encounter during internships. A registered art therapist will provide supervision according to the American Art Therapy Association's Education Standards.

Examines group processes and development, as well as treatment methods. A study of the research findings and theoretical approaches to group counseling. Includes small group experiences, discussion and independent study.

Examines fundamental ethical issues, standards of professional practice, and responsible business practices. Emphasizes a positive ethical approach and ethical issues unique to the art therapy profession.

Students will be introduced to basic research methodology and grant writing in order to develop and write a research proposal, grant proposal or professional contribution project. Course is designed to prepare students to plan, implement, evaluate and write the culminating thesis, grant proposal or professional contribution in the final semester of their graduate research course, AR 591. As their final research studies requirement, students seeking certification need only submit the written Proposal and orally defend (present) their work at an agreed upon date and time.

The written thesis or grant is the culmination of a student's work in fulfilling the requirements for a graduate degree. The practice of applied research and the development of a resulting written document offer the student opportunities to demonstrate ability to incorporate into professional practice: a)clear grasp of the basic concepts of research, b)confident capacity to read and understand research articles in the literature including those across professional disciplines, c)effective development of a graduate level research effort, and d)competent skills in writing a research thesis, grant proposal or professional contribution report.

Examines the major forms of psychopathology based on DSM diagnostic categories. Topics include the symptomatology, etiology, developmental patterns, theories, and treatment approaches related to various diagnostic categories.

Examines the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy, the techniques used to establish therapeutic relationships and the development of counseling skills. Students will practice counseling skills in class and through the use of video-taped role-plays.


Nine (9) credit hours required.

Advanced clinical and topic study for direct on-site art therapy treatment of a specific population (300 contact hours). Weekly supervision by a licensed mental health care provider and registered art therapist. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the 700 hour internship.

This course provides an introduction to crisis intervention theory and practice. Students will examine the neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive impacts of trauma, and trauma-informed/trauma focused treatment strategies, including but not limited to sensory-based art therapy or music therapy interventions. Ethical, legal, and moral considerations related to crisis situations and responses will be reviewed. Special attention will be given to the role of the music or art therapist in providing response to victims of trauma as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment approach.

This course will provide an overview of the history and systems in the field of counseling. Though lecture, reading, interactive online activities, and student research, students will gain knowledge about the relationship of the counseling. Through lecture, readings, interactive online activities, and student research, students will gain knowledge about the relationship of the counseling profession with that of other helping professions, including the creative expressive therapies.

This course examines group processes and development, as well as treatment methods. The course of study includes research findings and theoretical approaches to art therapy and group counseling. The format includes group experiences, discussion and independent study.

This course provides an overview of the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of substance and process addictions. Participants gain a basic understanding of the psychopharmacology of addictive substances, treatment modalities, the roles and responsibilities of the professional addiction counselor, and art therapy treatment and/or music therapy treatment in addictions. Attention will be given to trauma-informed and trauma specific care, and self-help and/or support groups, as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment plan for addiction problems.

This course is designed to familiarize students with career counseling theories, processes and techniques. Current assessment methods will be examined along with the ways in which developmental, ethnic, and cultural factors influence the process and outcomes of career counseling. Prerequisites:Graduate degree seeking student/current master's level professional.

Schedule of Courses

Semester I (Fall)

  • CN580
  • AR510

Semester II (Winter)

  • CN560
  • AR530

1st Summer Intensive (June)

  • AR520

Semester III (Fall)

  • CN581
  • AR535

Semester IV (Winter)

  • AR583
  • AR542

2nd Summer Intensive (June)

  • AR525

Semester V (Fall)

  • AR536
  • AR562

Semester VI (Winter)

  • AR570
  • AR590

3rd Summer Intensive (June)

  • AR573
  • AR-INT

Semester VII (Fall)

  • AR572
  • AR591


  • AR580
  • AR565

Information about Course Requirements
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