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MA Art Therapy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply to the program?

It is great to hear you are interested in applying to our Graduate Art Therapy Program.
We only accept students for the fall semester. Learn more about How to Apply to Art Therapy.

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 afternoons/evenings a week.

Is the program offered online?

We have historically offered classes in person. During the pandemic, we pivoted to a remote-only option. We are offering classes in-person in academic year 2022-23. 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 12 credits 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.

Can I transfer graduate credits from other institutions?

Yes, with the following considerations:

We will only accept up to 9 credits of required psychology electives from accredited colleges and universities. Prior to enrollment in non-NYU courses, you should confirm that the class will count towards your degree requirements with your program director and your academic advisor. All transfer credits must be transferred in before your final semester in the program. Transfer credits cannot be applied to a previously earned degree. Art Therapy transfer credits must follow NYU Steinhardt's External Transfer Credit policy for graduate students.

What should my portfolio include?

You can upload up to 20 images of your artwork. Your portfolio should include a demonstration of proficiency in figurative drawing, clay sculpture, and painting. You can include other media as well.

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 the New York State Office of Professions for the training of “Creative Arts Therapists” (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.