The degree requires a total of 60 credits to graduate; 39 credits are core art therapy courses and 12 credits are internship. The remaining 9 credits are psychology electives, chosen from a wide variety of courses offered in other NYU graduate programs as well as local consortium universities.
The cohort sequence is designed to optimize preparation for clinical practice. For the first term, you will take two foundation courses. The first is Art for Art Therapists, a studio-based class. Here, you will have the opportunity to understand and interpret your own creative processes and products, which is essential for understanding your own clinical transference/countertransference issues. The second foundation course is Theory and Practice of Art Therapy. This course combines didactic classroom learning with a fieldwork component that allows you to ease into clinical work gradually. Specifically, you will observe credentialed art therapists working in metropolitan clinical settings and begin to lead treatment for 85–100 hours in this first semester.
Your Final Project
In addition to course work and internship requirements, students in Art Therapy must complete a substantial thesis project that demonstrates both theoretical knowledge and accumulated clinical experience. Upon completion of the thesis, you will present your work in a mini-conference. This is a full-day event, and student presenters are encouraged to invite family, friends, and colleagues.