Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hall
Our art therapy program offers an immersive learning experience utilizing psychotherapeutic principles' theoretical and practical applications. Through various interventions and in myriad settings, you will be exposed to contemporary approaches, evidence-based practices, and research methodologies including art-based inquiry.
You will gain hands-on experience in didactic and experiential teaching methods and be encouraged to use personal art-making across the curriculum to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors required for art therapy's competent and ethical practice.
On top of that, you will have opportunities for university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration.
11:1Student to faculty ratio
7Studio areas including ceramics, sculpture, and more
60+Internship community partners
Positioned within Indiana's premier urban research institution, Herron's two-year, full-time program unites the concepts of science, art, and the creative process for application in the therapeutic context.Explore IUPUI research
In Indianapolis, mental health professionals and art therapists are in high demand. Herron students have ample opportunities for successful internships, many of which lead to post-graduate placements, thanks to more than 50 community partnerships.Explore Career Services
At Herron, art-based practice meets science-based evidence. Our program's robust relationships with professionals in the art therapy field provide internship and practicum assignments, giving you deep on-site experience in a variety of settings from prisons to pediatric hospitals.
The Master or Arts in art therapy program at Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE).
Developed in accordance with the guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE), Herron's Master of Arts in art therapy prepares you with the academic, clinical, and research experience necessary to apply for the Provisional Registration as an Art Therapist (ATR-P) through the Art Therapy Credentialing Board (ATCB) and for Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in Indiana.
Herron's art therapy program requires prerequisite courses in studio art (18 credits) and psychology (12 credits), including developmental psychology (3 credits) and abnormal psychology (3 credits).
Applicants applying for admission in fall 2021 must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the start of the spring 2021 semester.
Attend one or more information sessions with Herron staff, faculty, and current students to learn more about the admissions process, the M.A. curriculum, and other topics.
Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hall
(M.A. Art Therapy '17)
Knapp discusses her work at Ascension St. Vincent and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, plus other endeavors.Read Kaitlin's Q&A
(M.A. Art Therapy '18)
The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU hired Lauren Daugherty to lead its art therapy initiative.Learn about Lauren
In your second and final year, you will actively contribute to the growing availability of comprehensive clinical practice and a body of research.
Examples of recent research topics include:
According to data collected by program faculty, the following is the most recent reporting for Herron's graduating M.A. students in the Class of 2021.
|Full-time or part-time/low-residency students expected to graduate||11|
|Students in this cohort who left the program or were dismissed||0|
|Students in this cohort who graduated on time||8|
|Students who graduated but not on time||1|
|On-time graduation rate||72.7%|
|Final graduation rate||81.8%|
|Full-time and part-time students who graduated during the specified year||11|
|Graduates employed full-time or part-time in art therapy or a related field within six months of graduation||11|
|Graduates who continued their education or are serving in the military and are unemployed||0|
|Graduates whose employment status is unknown||0|
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, Associate Faculty
Director of Art Therapy, Assistant Professor