The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy program is one of the oldest professional Art Therapy programs in the Midwest. The three-year curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking so that students are actively involved in creating the learning environment, questioning dominant discourses in the field, and taking part in the production of new ideas.

Through the department, MA in Art Therapy candidates are required to complete:

You will emerge from the SAIC Art Therapy program with the academic requirements for eventual registration and board certification (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and application for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor exam in the state of Illinois.

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 MA in Art Therapy degree program for detailed information or schedule a tour.

Please download the Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program Guide for detailed information on preparing for a graduate education in Art Therapy at SAIC. This document covers prerequisite courses as well as the academic and studio work, interpersonal skills, and human service experience expected of applicants. 

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or