Art Therapy

SAIC's Master of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy and Counseling program explores the relationship between life experiences and artmaking and prepares graduates for a career helping people gain or recover intellectual and emotional clarity, equilibrium, and power through artistic expression.

Undergraduate Admissions Events

NPDA Virtual Portfolio Day
December 13
5:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Meet virtually with representatives from SAIC and get feedback on your portfolio.

Graduate Admissions Events

Live Chat with SAIC Admissions 
January 6, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Ask last-minute questions about completing the graduate application, portfolio requirements, curriculum, SAIC facilities and resources, living in Chicago, and more before the January 10 deadline.

Our Departmental Mission

The department's mission is to provide a comprehensive art therapy education that emphasizes development of the artist/art therapist, prepares graduates to function as art therapists in a variety of settings, and fosters critical engagement within social and cultural contexts.

Leading Practitioners, Experience, and Connections

The department integrates learning in studio art, art therapy, and counseling with hands-on clinical experience.

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Graduate students complete rigorous coursework in preparation for professional certification with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor exam in the state of Illinois.

The MA in Art Therapy and Counseling program has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association since 1989.

Exploring Art Therapy

Undergraduates interested in the field can choose from several introductory course options that incorporate art therapeutic concepts both as an introduction to the profession as well as a means of complementing their studio practices.

Learn more about options for undergraduate students

Interested in learning more?

Continue to explore the Art Therapy department website to learn more about our curricular offerings, faculty, students, alumni, and more or visit the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling degree program for detailed information or schedule a tour.

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling Program Guide is a downloadable PDF that provides a comprehensive overview of the program with detailed information on preparing for graduate study in Art Therapy.

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