Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy

  • Unique in the United States, the 60-credit art therapy degree program provides students with interdisciplinary training and clinical work. Students learn side by side with music therapy students in core counseling classes.
  • Through the on-site art therapy clinic, collaborate interprofessionally through consultation, observation, and co-treatment with future professionals in social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and music therapy — and serve the local community. 
  • The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) approves this graduate program. Program qualifies students for the New York state licensed creative arts therapy (LCAT) credential.

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.

Career Information

  • Graduates have been highly successful in passing the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) certification exam and obtaining licensure from New York state in creative arts therapy (LCAT).
  • Clinical rotation exceeds the American Art Therapy Association's 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 practice.

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.
  • Get experience with a variety of clients.
  • 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.
  • Most classes are during the day; some evening classes are offered. Study full- or part-time.
  • Graduate assistantships can help offset costs.

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, primary clinical therapist in the Warrior Salute Program, CDS Monarch

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Music and Art Therapy at Nazareth College

    Program Director

    Laura Teoli

    Laura Teoli

    Visiting Assistant Professor / Acting Director of Graduate Art Therapy in Creative Arts Therapy Department
    York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 267

    Education: M.S. Art Therapy with an Emphasis in Counseling, Mt. Mary University; Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, LaTrobe University; B.A. Psychology, Stonehill College 

    Teaching and Research Interests: Art making and the role of art making in therapeutic sessions; arts-based research, the practice elements of art therapy, and creating safe and equitable classroom environments.

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