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 Chicago and the Midwest and one of the few such programs in the nation offered at a professional school of fine art and design.

Our program emphasizes the student’s core identity as an artist and art therapist through the integration of psychology and counseling theory with art history, theory, and practice.  We encourage you to use your studio electives to explore your own creative practice by selecting courses from across our renowned studio and academic departments.

The SAIC art therapy graduate program offers you:

  • A comprehensive art therapy education that emphasizes development of the artist/art therapist
  • Preparation to function as art therapists in a variety of settings
  • Critical engagement within social and cultural contexts

The SAIC art therapy curriculum is designed to ensure you gain the knowledge and experience that will enable you to function as competent, ethical, and compassionate art therapy professional. It is also designed to foster critical thinking, so you are actively involved in creating the learning environment, questioning dominant discourses in the field, and taking part in the production of new ideas.

Graduates of the program become leaders in the field of art therapy in the areas of professional practice, research, and theory.

Interested in learning more?

Click around the pages of this website for information on admissions and curriculumrequirements, MA in Art Therapy faculty and more.

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