School of Visual Arts

Art Therapy


209 E 23rd St.

New York City, NY 10010

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.P.S. - Art Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MPS Art Therapy Program developed from a single undergraduate course in collaboration with the Bronx Psychiatric Center in New York City, over three decades ago. The undergraduate certificate program, guided by its founder, Estelle Bellomo, expanded and developed affiliations in a variety of settings and gained a reputation for excellence in both academic and clinical training. Subsequent changes in the field of art therapy made a master’s degree program the natural progression, which was initiated in 2001. The program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, as well as New York State’s Department of Education and is an educational provider for the Licensure in Creative Art Therapy (LCAT) credential by the New York State Office of Professions, and as such meets the education standards of the art therapy profession. Curriculum Students are trained in the psychodynamic roots of the art therapy profession along with contemporary theories of human development, creativity, and related fields. Students analyze changes in physical, cognitive, artistic and social-emotional development across the lifespan. Courses work in tandem with two years of internship and special projects in clinical, academic, medical and community settings. First year coursework involves training in fundamental theories, methods and evidence-based art therapy research. This includes an in-depth academic and experiential exploration of the therapeutic use of art materials with specific populations. The second year focuses on specialization, professional development and practical application. Students develop a clinically oriented thesis, which includes designing and conducting research that follows ethical guidelines. In addition, students choose from two specialization tracks: Addictionology or Trauma. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website.

Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.


The School of Visual Arts (SVA) been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Professional Studies. Specific programs in which these degrees are offered, and data required by the U.S. Department of Education on "Gainful Employment" for each program, may be found on SVA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; the Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.; and the Art Education program is accredited by the New York State Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE).  

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 38000 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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