Art therapists treat, on an in- or outpatient basis, people who have physical, emotional, behavioral, or social problems. Carrying out and analyzing art tasks is the means of treatment. Art therapists may act in the capacity of primary therapist or as part of a treatment team.
REQUIREMENTS: Students with a liberal arts degree go into a master's program in Art Therapy. These programs take a minimum of two years to complete. Most programs also require a minimum of 600 hours of supervised practicum; a few require 1,000 hours. Art therapists can apply for registration by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and receive the status ATR (Art Therapist, Registered).
NYU REQUIREMENTS: NYU's graduate Art Therapy program requires the following undergraduate pre-requisites:
- Twelve credits in Psychology
- Eighteen credits in Studio Art
- Thirty credits in behavioral or social sciences and/or liberal arts
NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Art Therapy Program
34 Stuyvesant Street, Room 306
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 998-5700
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
The American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
1202 Allanson Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
Tel: (888) 290-0878