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Art Therapy


Art therapy programs teach students how to use art to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of patients.

Art therapy programs include topics such as:

Art therapy programs prepare people to work in:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in art therapy. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in art therapy. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer graduate degrees in art therapy. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, depending on your artistic preferences, you take studio art courses in:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in art therapy typically includes:

Things to Know

Most art therapists decide to become registered or certified.

To register you must graduate from an accredited art therapy program and accumulate 1,000 hours of direct client contact.

To become certified, you must have at least a master's degree and pass a national exam in addition to being registered.


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