The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Master of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy 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.

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.

The department integrates learning in studio art, art therapy, and counseling with hands-on clinical experience. 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 program has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association since 1989.

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.

Interested in learning more?

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

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy 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.

Visit the undergraduate or graduate admissions websites or contact the admissions office at 800.232.7242 or admiss@saic.edu.