Purple, cream, orange and blue hanging fabrics on a gallery wall.

Danielle E. Swan, "Still," 2021

Art Therapy & Counseling

Art Therapy and Counseling Department

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Master of Arts 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.

Upcoming Admissions Events

Saturday, December 02 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST

Graduate SAIC Days offer prospective students the opportunity to get portfolio feedback from faculty from individual departments during one-on-one meetings, plus learn more about all SAIC's graduate degree offerings, tour campus, and learn more about financial aid. 

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Our Departmental Mission

To provide an art therapy and counseling education that prepares artist-art therapists to practice in specialized settings within a socio-cultural context.

A multimedia art piece using paint, ink and paper.

Annalise Castro, "Just Let It Happen," 2021

Program Guide and Admissions

For admissions questions about the MAATC Program Guide or additional questions about the MAATC program, please email the Art Therapy and Counseling department at maatcinquiries@saic.edu.

Contact Us

Department of Art Therapy and Counseling

Sharp Building
37 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 713

Phone: 312.899.7481

Department Chair

Adelheid Mers amers@saic.edu

MAATC Program Director

Katherine Marie Kunkel Kamholz kkamholz1@saic.edu

ACATE Program Director

Savneet K Talwar stalwa@saic.edu

Associate Director of Clinical Education

Deborah Ann DelSignore ddelsignore@saic.edu

Licensure Specialist

Valerie Vasquez vvasqu@saic.edu

Senior Administrative Director

Kathleen McGrath kmcgrath@saic.edu

Administrative Assistant

Kristi Moynihan kmoyni1@saic.edu