When can I apply to the program?
It is great to hear you are interested in applying to our Graduate Art Therapy Program.
Applications are due February 1st. We only accept students for the fall semester.
Can I attend the program part-time?
Yes. You can attend our program in part-time or full-time capacities. Life is dynamic. You can
switch your enrollment as your life commitments change. Financial aid may be impacted by your change in status.
When are classes offered during the week?
Our classes are scheduled in the later part of the afternoon. As a full-time student, you can expect to be on campus two afternoon/evenings a week.
Is the program offered on-line?
We have historically offered classes in-person. During the pandemic, we pivoted to a remote
only option. We plan to offer classes in-person in fall 2021. Currently, a fully remote option to
our graduate program is not available.
Can I still apply if I do not have the required prerequisites?
Yes! If you do not have all the prerequisites, you can still apply to the program. We recommend
a minimum of 18 credits in studio art. A total of 9 credit in psychology are required. Two of the
psychology classes must be Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology. Prerequisites can be completed in the summer before or during your first year in the program. The studio art prerequisites can also be completed after you apply to the program. However, applicants often find it helpful to complete studio credits prior to preparing the portfolio. The 30 credits in liberal arts are generally covered by a bachelor’s degree.
What should my portfolio include?
You can upload up to 20 images of your artwork. Your portfolio should include demonstration of
proficiency in figurative drawing, clay sculpture and painting. You can include other media as
What types of internships can you offer?
The NYU Graduate Art Therapy Program has established affiliations with sites throughout the
New York City area. We have placements in hospitals, clinics, schools, community agencies,
incarceration facilities, transitional housing complexes, as well as our internship abroad.
Is the NYU Graduate Art Therapy Program accredited?
The Art Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education. Graduates can apply to become Registered Art Therapists (ATR) through this
program. The graduate art therapy program is also recognized by New York State Office of
Professions for the training of “Creative Arts Therapist” (LCAT).
When can I learn even more about the program?
Graduate Art Therapy Faculty will hold information sessions monthly beginning in September.
Please be sure to check back for scheduled events.