Art Therapy Specialization

Unique in the United States, the 60-credit art therapy degree program provides interdisciplinary training and clinical work.

  • Collaborate interprofessionally at the on-site art therapy clinic gaining hands-on experience through consultation, observation, and co-treatment with future professionals in social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and music therapy — all while serving the local community.
  • The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approves this graduate program. The program qualifies students for the New York state licensed creative arts therapy (LCAT) credential.


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Classes mostly daytime; some evening courses offered.


Study full- or part-time


Complete in as fast as 2 years full-time


Internships on and off campus

Program is Ideal For

  • People who have an undergraduate degree in art or psychology and wish to use art therapeutically to serve others. Prerequisite coursework in studio art and psychology is required.

Curriculum Examples

  • Human Development and Assessment Across the Creative Arts Therapies
  • Methods and Materials in Art Therapy
  • Contemporary Issues in Art Therapy

Value of your Degree

  • Graduates have been highly successful in passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) certification exam.
  • Clinical rotation exceeds the American Art Therapy Association's (AATA) educational requirement, so graduates are well prepared for a variety of settings.
  • Post graduation, art therapists find employment throughout the United States and abroad working in hospitals, clinics, social services, community agencies, wellness centers, educational institutions, businesses, and private practices.

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Graduate's Perspective

“The Nazareth College Creative Arts Therapy program allows the students to learn in a safe, fun, and relaxed environment. The faculty members at Nazareth are all practicing clinicians who bring their real-world knowledge and experience to the classroom and offer the students every possible chance to succeed not only in their education, but also their future careers. My experience at Nazareth College was life changing, and enrolling in the Creative Arts Therapy Program after being out of the classroom for almost a decade was by far the best decision I have ever made.”

Michael E. Martin ‘14, art therapist and mental health therapist at Cayuga Counseling Services and works with veterans through the Warrior Salute program of CDS Monarch

What to Expect

  • Gain hands-on experience your first year interning on campus in the art therapy clinic in Nazareth's state-of-the-art York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (YWRI). In your second year, intern in a community setting with a variety of populations.
  • Learn highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Study abroad options include learning intercultural and ethical issues in creative arts therapy during a one-week intensive course at the NIARTE Institute in Brevens Bruk, Sweden

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Music and Art Therapy at Nazareth College

    Program Director

    Renee van der Vennet

    Renee van der Vennet

    Associate Professor of Art Therapy / Director of Graduate Art Therapy Program
    York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 261

    Education: B.S., Wayne State University; M.S., University of Houston; Ph.D., Capella University.

    Teaching and Research Interests: Psychopathology; art therapy theory, assessment, and practice; multicultural and ethical issues in art therapy; licensure and standards; research on secondary trauma, burnout, fundamental principles of art therapy, the use of art therapy interventions such as adult coloring, assessments, dreams, creativity, and outcome studies.

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