Graduate Overview

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling (MAATC) 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.

MA in Art Therapy and Counseling candidates are required to complete:

60 credit hours of classroom and fieldwork study

Two fieldwork experiences in mental health facilities, drug treatment programs, medical centers, residential care, schools, community organizations, correctional facilities, or other approved agencies. This clinical experience must total at least 1000 hours under the supervision of registered art therapists and other mental health professionals.

A scholarly thesis or graduate project

Participation on the annual Art of Connection exhibition showcasing artwork by MA in Art Therapy and Counseling students and the people they work with at their internship sites

You will emerge from the SAIC Art Therapy and Counseling 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.

Thesis Abstracts

Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the masters level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions. The academic areas complement this with the publication of students' theses.

The SAIC Thesis Repository contains theses submitted since November 2013.

Theses submitted prior to November 2013 are listed in the Flaxman Library catalog.

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 and Counseling degree program for detailed information or schedule a tour.

MAATC Program Guide Cover

Please download the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling 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 312.629.6100, 800.232.7242 or