M.A. in Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling

This program provides education and training in Art Therapy and Professional Counseling.

The degree is a total of 60 credits, 48 credits taken in the current Clinical Art Therapy program and 12 credits taken from the Department of Counseling and Development.

The program has been designed to allow graduates to be eligible for licensing as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in New York State and to sit for the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE). Additionally, it provides eligibility to apply nationwide for licenses such as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) outside of New York State. The curriculum meets standards for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accreditation standards. Individual students should check with their home states for specific educational requirements regarding LPC licensure.

We have small and intimate class sizes that range from 8 to 22 students. We also have a strong international and national student presence. Emphasis is placed on creating a clinical art therapy community in which students, faculty, the Art, and Counseling Departments, as well as the New York area artist community, contribute to a cohesive and stimulating training experience. The program offers more than 100 clinical training internship sites for students to fulfill the portion of the curriculum. The program offers 30-40 active art therapy internship sites for students to fulfill the required 700 internship hours.

The curriculum's focus is on the practice of art therapy counseling; however, the art process and the art object are continually emphasized as they apply to the clinical practice of art therapy counseling. Consequently, art is made in all foundational art therapy seminars in large art studio settings. Three credits are taken in drawing, painting and clay works for the art therapist. This foundational art therapy course culminates with a gallery opening where students present their 2-D and 3-D work. An art studio elective is required; students may choose from a variety of Art Department offerings that include world-renowned graduate level studio courses in printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics.

The diagnostic and therapeutic value of painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture is explored in-depth within this clinical and diagnostic curriculum. You will focus on children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities in art therapy clinical classes that utilize the latest research findings, theories and techniques.

Research is one of the hallmarks of this clinical program. Our students are required to take nine credits in research and thesis preparation. Often our students present their findings at national conferences or in publication or video format to fulfill the thesis requirements. Our students have also written grants that are implemented after graduation. Our faculty is internationally known within the art therapy community for their research efforts across a range of clinical topics. Some of our recent student publications can be found in journal and on line journal format.

The emphasis of the use of art as a therapeutic tool is demonstrated in this program's commitment to multicultural methods of art therapy treatment. Our students not only come from many locations within the U.S. but also from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Israel, India, Trinidad, Brazil and the Bahamas. Our core faculty routinely presents and teaches internationally as well. Yearly, our graduate students engage in a social action project. As a group, faculty and students work with underprivileged populations engaging in community art therapy experiences. In 2012 and 2015, the LIU Post Art Therapy community visited Nicaragua and worked in orphanages. In March 2013, we traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to work in orphanages and meet with Russian Art Therapy organizations. In May 2016, we had the opportunity to serve various populations in South Korea. In 2013, the LIU Post Art Therapy community visited Nicaragua and worked in orphanages. In March 2014, we traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to work in orphanages and meet with Russian Art Therapy organizations. Additionally, we had the opportunity to serve various populations in South Korea (2016) and Israel (2017).

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit
Required Art Therapy Courses


Treating Trauma & Grief in Art Therapy


ARTH 600

Theories in Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 602

Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for the Art Therapist - Studio


ARTH 603

Multicultural Issues in Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 605

History and Philosophy of Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 607

Clinical Methods in Group Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 609

Special Populations in Child/Adolescent Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 611

Therapeutic Systems in Family Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 614

Internship I: Supervision Seminar


ARTH 615

Internship II: Supervision Seminar


ARTH 616

Clinical Projective and Art-Based Assessments


ARTH 706

Research Methods


Required Counseling Courses

EDC 601

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ethics


EDC 608

Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


EDC 676

Career Development


EDC 611

Evidence Based Treatments in Mental Health Counseling


Elective Courses


Psychology Elective



Any graduate ART courses 


Required Thesis Courses

ARTH 707

Thesis Research


ARTH 708



Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: Non-refundable
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited school with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, although students exhibiting outstanding promise and merit may be considered. Students who do not meet the minimum Grade Point Average (3.0) and/or who are in need of prerequisites may be accepted on a limited matriculation basis. The student with serious deficiencies in preparation, but holds promise as a student, may be given non-matriculated status with one year probationary review. All limited matriculated students have one year to complete the requirements for full matriculation. See the Director of the Art Therapy Program for further information.
  • The candidate must have fulfilled the prerequisite of 12 credits in psychology and a minimum of 18 credits in studio art.
  • A portfolio, evaluated by the Art Therapy Program faculty, is required for admission and is the substitution for the Graduate Record Examination. The portfolio must be submitted to the Art Department Office (See the address provided to below) and should contain 15 to 20 samples of your most recent work. A numbered inventory list is also required. Samples can be either original works, slides (enclosed in a slide page), CD or DVD. Photography applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of 20 original prints.
  • A portfolio evaluation, student profile with statement of philosophy, submission of an APA research paper, personal interview with the director of the Art Therapy program, and attendance to a graduate art therapy class are required.
  • Personal artist statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • No recommendation letter is required
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials, with the exception of the portfolio, to:
Long Island University
Graduate Admissions Office
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548


The Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling Program at LIU, Post Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( ) upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
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Student Outcome Data

Graduation Year 2021-2022
# of graduated 11
Graduation Rate 100%
Positive Placement Percentage* 100%

Graduation Year 2020-2021
# of graduated 16
Graduation Rate 100%
Positive Placement Percentage* 85.7%

Graduation Year 2019-2020
# of graduated 20
Graduation Rate 90.9%
Positive Placement Percentage* 100%

*“Positive Placement Percentage” means that the graduate is employed full or part-time in art therapy or in a related field; or continuing his/her education; or serving in military. A related field is one in which the individual is using cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competences acquired in the education program.


The internship component of the art therapy program draws upon the vast mental health and rehabilitative resources of the New York-metropolitan area. An internship occurs after the completion of two semesters of clinical foundation classes; this allows the beginning clinician to actively participate in two 350-hour internships (700 hours total), at differing locations that meet the professional interests of each student. Overseen by the Internship Coordinator, students use their placements as a means of gaining experience within different client populations.

Career Success

The integration of theory, practice, creativity and self-growth remains the ultimate goal of the program. We are committed to providing a quality experience that will prepare each student for a professional career in art therapy. Our students return year after year as guest speakers and as mentors, helping to guide current students towards their professional goals. Because our faculty has local, national and international visibility, students often make use of faculty contacts as a means of finding jobs, internships and other professional opportunities.