George Washington University, New York University, Southwestern College, Seton Hill University and Adler University offer degrees in art therapy, as of 2015. The type of art therapy degree and accreditation varies by university. Art therapy degrees combine the theoretical and clinical aspects of counseling with artistic expression and methodologies in healing.
George Washington University offers an applied master’s degree and a research master’s degree, along with an accelerated undergraduate and graduate degree combination. Programs have an emphasis on diversity, including options for studying abroad, and implement experimental research in curriculum instruction. New York University also provides graduate-level coursework in an art therapy degree that includes an international perspective and a thesis requirement. The program has a social justice requirement to increase knowledge of diversity within the discipline.
Southwestern College uses practical, clinical applications as the basis for its master’s in art therapy/counseling, including a 40-hour experiential requirement. The art therapy graduate degree at Seton Hill University provides hands-on training in each course with an art focus. Students also take a course in professional development to prepare specifically for a career in art therapy. The program at Adler University prepares students for licensing in the state of Illinois and covers topics from the examination of neuroscience and art therapy to research methodologies and traditional counseling coursework.