Art Therapy (Master's)


The Master of Art in Art Therapy program dives into advanced courses blending counseling and therapeutic techniques with theory and methodology of art therapy as a unique psychotherapeutic practice, as well as advanced courses in mixed media studio practices, ceramics, and photography.

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Program Features

  • 64 credits (full- or part-time completion options)
  • Curriculum includes required clinical hours at off-site internships
  • Curriculum aligns with national educational and professional requirements for the field, as well as State of Maryland licensure requirements for art therapists 


  • History and Theory of Art Therapy
  • Research Methods
  • Human Development and Art Therapy
  • Psychopathology: Art and Diagnosis
  • Consideration of Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Art Therapy in Counseling: Theory
  • Process: Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Marital and Family Art Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Art Psychotherapy and Trauma
  • Assessment, Testing, and Evaluation
  • Art Therapy & Community Practice for Social Justice
  • Studio/Techniques of Art Therapy 
  • Professional Ethics and Legal Issues for Art Therapy Practice
  • Career Counseling
  • Group Therapy Techniques in Art Therapy
  • Capstone: Thesis Project Graduate Seminar
  • Supervised Externship in Art Therapy I through IV
  • Graduate Experience in Painting
  • Graduate Experience in Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Graduate Experience in Photography

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise while the curriculum is designed to align with licensure requirements.

Internship Opportunities

You will complete clinical hours at off-site practicum and internship placements in order to gain valuable experience and also meet the requirements to pursue licensure.

Art Therapy Careers

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches lives through a combination of active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a pyschotherapeutic relationship.

Licensed art therapists can work in a variety of settings:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Veteran's Clinics
  • Private Practice
  • Psychiatric & Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Community Based Settings
  • Senior Communities

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