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Art Therapy / Counseling

Graduate School art class.The Graduate Program in Art Therapy / Counseling seeks to train students to professionally use the art therapy process in clinical practice. The program links the studio art experience with depth-oriented psychology theory, such as psychoanalysis, ego psychology, and object relations.

Required courses are taken sequentially prior to practicum semesters, while artistic process, creative experience, and art therapy theory are studied simultaneously.

Art therapy students are expected to be artists actively involved in their creative development. Therefore, a vital component of the program is an emphasis on studio art and the integration of theoretical material with the studio art experience.

The 60-credit Master of Science degree in Art Therapy / Counseling is designed to address licensing requirements in states that require the word "counseling" in the art therapy degree title as well as additional course work. The additional course work is designed to meet many of the academic requirements specified for licensure by some states. However, because each state sets its own licensure requirements, students who apply for licensing outside of New York State are responsible for becoming familiar with the licensing requirements of that state and for enrolling in the academic courses and internships required by that state.

The Master of Science in Art Therapy / Counseling program is approved by the New York State Department of Education and the American Art Therapy Association.

Graduation Requirements

60 credits in graduate study, as follows:

  • ATH 501 - Introduction to Art Therapy, Ethics & Fieldwork 3 cr.
  • ATH 529 - Human Development 3 cr.
  • ATH 610 - Art Therapy Assessment 3 cr.
  • ATH 612 - Psychopathology for Art Therapists 3 cr.
  • ATH 614 - Art Therapy with Groups 3 cr.
  • ATH 615 - Practicum 3 cr.
  • ATH 650 - Research Methodology for Art Therapists 3 cr.
  • ATH 700 - Internship I 3 cr.
  • ATH 701 - Internship II 3 cr.
  • ATH 715 - Thesis 3 cr.
  • ART 554 - The Psychology of Art Materials 3 cr. OR ART 676 - Creative Modalities 3 cr.
  •  ART 507 - Workshop in Imagery Transformation 3 cr.
  • CLD 540 - Theories of Career Counseling 3 cr.
  • PSY 581 - Interviewing and Counseling 3 cr.
  • PSY 586 - Counseling the Culturally Diverse 3 cr.
  • Art Therapy Electives 9 cr.
  • Studio Art Electives 6 cr.

Optional Specialization in Studio Art/Art Therapy

Art Therapy students interested in specializing in Studio Art/Art Therapy are encouraged to select one of the following course sequences.

Specialization in Photography/Phototherapy

Select 9 credits as follows:

Required Courses

  • ATH 525 - Phototherapy 3 cr.
  • ATH 625 - Phototherapy Workshop 3 cr.

Select One:

  • ART 558 - Photography I
  • ART 658 - Photography II  or
  • Other Photography Course

Specialization in Sculpture/Art Therapy

Select any three from the following:

  • ART 507 - Workshop in Imagery Transformation  3 cr. (required)
  • ART 534 - Ceramic Sculpture
  • ART 632 - Sculpture in Wood
  • ART 635 - Sculpture Workshop
  • ART 800 - Independent Study

A Certificate of Specialization is awarded upon completion.

Optional Specialization in Child Art Therapy

Art therapy students interested in specializing in Child Art Therapy take a sequence of three courses. A Certificate of Specialization is awarded upon completion.

Required Courses

  • ATH 515 - Therapeutic Art in Special Education 3 cr.
  • ATH 527 - Art Therapy with Children 3 cr.

Focus on child art therapy in at least one required course:

  • ATH 615 - Practicum 3 cr. (must be with children)
  • ATH 700 - Internship I 3 cr. (must be with children)

Optional Specialization in Art Therapy & Thanatology

Art therapy students interested in specializing in Thanatology/Art Therapy take a sequence of courses. A Certificate of Specialization is awarded upon completion.
Required Courses

  • ATH 501 - Introduction to Art Therapy, Ethics & Fieldwork 3 cr.
  • PSY 581 - Interviewing and Counseling 3 cr.
  • GRT 614 - Dying and Death 3 cr.
  • GRT 615 - Grief, Mourning, and Bereavement 3 cr.

Select two (2) of the following:

  • ATH 615 - Practicum 3 cr. (must have Thanatology component)
  • ATH 700 - Internship I 3 cr. (must have Thanatology component)
  • ATH 701 - Internship II 3 cr. (must have Thanatology component)

The Art Therapy/Counseling program is designed for qualified students seeking the professional training necessary to pursue careers as art therapists, and for licensing as creative arts therapists (LCAT) in New York state.

Students are prepared to work in a variety of settings:

  • Public and private schools
  • Facilities for senior citizens
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Residential schools for handicapped children
  • Institutions for the blind and deaf
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers
  • Day treatment center
  • Outpatient programs for victims of abuse or loss
  • Hospital units for pediatric oncology, surgery, and neurological impairment
  • Geriatric centers