M.A. in Art Therapy

Earn an M.A. in Art Therapy

Herron’s Art Therapy program is making history in Indiana and beyond, elevating research and professionalism and educating the broader citizenry about the many beneficial applications of this therapeutic method. Students who complete the Master of Art degree in Art Therapy emerge with clinical and research experience in preparation for the national credential ATR—Registration as an Art Therapist. Students are also prepared to test for board certification as art therapists and licensed mental health counselors in the state of Indiana.

At Herron, art-based practice meets science-based evidence. The Art Therapy program’s robust relationships with professionals in the field provide internship and practicum assignments for students, giving them deep on-site experience in a variety of settings from prisons to pediatric hospitals. Students actively contribute to the growing availability of comprehensive clinical practice and a body of research.

Examples of recent research topics include:

  • Group Art Therapy with Adult Female Victims of Sexual Violence
  • Reclaiming Sexuality through Art: Art Therapy Applications and Recommendations in Adolescent Psychiatric Facilities with Patients who have a History of Trauma
  • Working Together: Neuroscience-Based Support for Art Therapists and Clients to Co-Create
  • The Role of Art Therapy in Hospice: An Understanding of the Grief Process for Caregivers

For more information on Art Therapy theses, visit the ScholarWorks Repository.

Program approval and accreditation

Herron’s Master of Art in Art Therapy degree is developed in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Art Therapy Association.

Herron School of Art and Design is accredited by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Plan of study

  • Year 1, fall semester (13.5 credits)
    • Art Therapy with Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
    • Lifespan Development from an Art Therapy Perspective (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Group Counseling (3 credits)
    • Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis (3 credits)
    • Practicum with Group Supervision (1.5 credits)
  • Year 1, spring semester (14.5 credits)
    • Assessment and Evaluation in Art Therapy (3 credits)
    • Art Therapy with Families and Adults (3 credits)
    • Counseling Theory and Practice for Art Therapists (3 credits)
    • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling and Art Therapy (1.5 credits)
    • Internship I with Group Supervision (4 credits)
  • Year 1, summer semester (6 credits)
    • Career Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credits)
    • Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 credits)
  • Year 2, fall semester (15 credits)
    • History, Theory and Practice of Art Therapy (3 credits)
    • Cultural and Social Diversity in Counseling and Art (3 credits)
    • Studio Art for Art Therapists (3 credits)
    • Professional Issues Capstone (2 credits)
    • Internship II with Group Supervision (4 credits)
  • Year 2, spring semester (11 credits)
    • Advanced Art Therapy Practice: Specialized Populations (3 credits)
    • Professional Issues Capstone II (4 credits)
    • Advanced Internship with Group Supervision (4 credits)