Best Art Therapy Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools
Art therapists use visual arts, such as drawing or painting, to evaluate and treat patients with emotional, physical, cognitive and developmental disorders. A master's degree is standard, along with board certification, in order to practice art therapy. Art therapy is a branch within the field of counseling, so programs are often found alongside a school's psychology offerings. Graduates can work in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, correctional facilities, schools and private practices.
Top U.S. Schools with Art Therapy Programs
1. New York University in New York, NY
New York University (NYU) has been offering studies in art therapy since the 1950s. Its Master of Arts in Art Therapy was one of the first five programs in the country to gain approval from the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Students learn to understand visual art and psychotherapy, as well as learning how to use them to address the physical and emotional needs of clients. Coursework includes art therapy for various age groups and cultures. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school's psychology program as 29th best in the nation.
- Address: 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10012
- Phone Number: (212) 998-1212
2. George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
George Washington University (GW) is located in the U.S. capital, where students of the art therapy program have free access to major museums and research libraries. Students take classes in counseling, group therapy and art therapy. The focus of the M.A. in Art Therapy is the use of painting, sculpture and drawing to diagnose and treat patients; those in the program can also take concentrations in trauma training and art therapy and counseling. The GW art therapy program is approved by the AATA and the school's psychology program was named 91st in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
- Address: 2121 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052
- Phone Number: (202) 994-1000
Good Schools in the U.S. with Art Therapy Programs
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|New York University||43,404||70 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10012||(212) 998-1212|
|Florida State University||39,785||211 Westcott Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306||(850) 644-2525|
|George Washington University||25,061||2121 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052||(202) 994-1000|
|Drexel University||22,493||3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104||(215) 895-2000|
|Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville||13,940||Il State Rte. 157, Edwardsville, IL 62026||(618) 650-2000|
|Hofstra University||12,068||100 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549||(516) 463-6600|
|Long Island University - C W Post Campus||11,749||720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548||(516) 299-2900|
|Emporia State University||6,314||1200 Commercial, Emporia, KS 66801||(620) 341-1200|
|Springfield College||5,107||263 Alden St., Springfield, MA 01109||(413) 748-3116|
|The College of New Rochelle||4,859||29 Castle Pl., New Rochelle, NY 10805||(914) 632-5300|
|Pratt Institute - Main||4,707||200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205||(718) 636-3600|
|Nazareth College||3,307||4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618||(585) 389-2525|
|School of the Art Institute of Chicago||3,164||36 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60603||(312) 629-6100|
|Seton Hill University||2,136||Seton Hill Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601||(724) 834-2200|
|Albertus Magnus College||2,023||700 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511||(203) 773-8550|
|Mount Mary College||1,925||2900 N. Menomonee River Pkwy., Milwaukee, WI 53222||(414) 258-4810|
|Ursuline College||1,515||2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124||(440) 449-4200|
|Eastern Virginia Medical School||811||700 W. Olney, Norfolk, VA 23507||(757) 446-8422|
|Adler School of Professional Psychology||703||65 E. Wacker Pl., Ste. 2100, Chicago, IL 60601||(312) 201-5900|
|Southwestern College||130||3960 San Felipe, Santa Fe, NM 87507||(505) 471-5756 x10|
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