Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy

  • Unique in the United States, the art therapy degree program incorporates training in art therapy, play therapy, yoga therapy, family therapy, and music therapy. 
  • Learn counseling, psychological, and developmental theories and techniques from licensed mental health therapists and family therapists to move clients towards wellness, renewal, and well-being. 
  • The American Art Therapy Association approves this graduate program. The New York State Education Department designates this as a licensed-qualified program.

Program is Ideal For

  • Artists and art educators who wish to use art therapeutically with clients. Prerequisite coursework in studio art and psychology is required.

Career Information

  • 100% of Nazareth program graduates pass the board credentialing exam.
  • 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.

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

What to Expect
  • Gain hands-on experience by interning at Nazareth's on-campus art therapy, play therapy, music therapy, and/or yoga therapy clinics or choose from more than 60 internship locations in New York state.
  • Learn highly collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches from faculty with backgrounds in art therapy, music therapy, marriage and family therapy, dance/movement therapy, mental health counseling, play therapy, and yoga therapy.
  • Get experience with a variety of clients (including survivors of aphasia/stroke, burns, traumatic brain injury, cancer, etc.).
  • Choose play therapy, yoga techniques, and/or a specialization within art therapy (such as working with children or with clients dealing with substance abuse or other medical conditions).
  • Study abroad option: Learn 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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Program Director

Renee van der Vennet

Renee van der Vennet

Associate Professor of Art Therapy / Director of Graduate Art Therapy Program in Creative Arts Therapy Department
585-389-2538
rvander3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 261

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