This Master’s degree is available to clinical professionals who already have at least a Master’s degree in social work, counseling or other clinical degree. The M.A. in Art Therapy/Counseling is the program for those who have not yet earned a Master’s degree in this field.
If you are a mental health professional with a Master’s degree in social work, counseling or another clinical degree, and you are interested in the field of art therapy this program may be for you. The M.A. in Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals is one year of course work and one half-year of internship. Graduating from this program would enable you to be eligible to eventually acquire the credentials of Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and to also become Board Certified (BC). Please contact Dru Phoenix, Director of Enrollment Services if you would like to apply to this program.
The credentialing body for Art Therapy in the United States, the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc., states in their application process that “individuals with post-master’s or post-doctoral coursework in art therapy” will indeed be able to obtain the ATR-BC and be fully credentialed as an art therapist.
The Master’s program in Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals offers licensed clinicians the opportunity to engage in self-reflective creativity throughout the entire program. Through experiencing your own artistic processes and engaging in clinical training, you will be equipped to enthusiastically enhance your existing therapeutic client work.
This program emphasizes the use of the visual arts as a therapeutic approach in clinical, educational, community and rehabilitation settings. While visual arts is the primary therapeutic modality, the creative process may be supported by classroom instruction and experiences in the use of drama, movement and music therapy.
American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approved program since 1998
Degree prepares graduates for licensure as a Professional Art Therapist in NM and other states
58 quarter units (equivalent to approximately 37 semester credits)