M.A. in Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling

The new track of Master of Arts in Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling Program provides education and training in Art Therapy and Professional Counseling. This Master of Arts graduate 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 Clinical Art Therapy  & Counseling graduates the opportunity to qualify for licensing as Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York (LCAT) and to sit for the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE). Additionally, it provides eligibility to apply nationwide for the licenses such as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The curriculum meets or exceeds standards for education set by down by the American Art Therapy Association. Individual students should check with their home States for specific educational requirements regarding counselor 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. To augment course study, students will visit museums and galleries on Long Island and in New York City.

The curriculum's focus is on the practice of art therapy counlseing; however, the art process and the art object are continually emphasized as they apply to the clinical practice of art therapy counsleing. 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. Additionally, students exhibit their artwork a minimum of two times per year in campus galleries, either as individual artists or in art-therapy-themed group shows. 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.

Art Therapy Online: ATOL 
(2012) Benefits of Art Therapy for an Adolescent living with HIV/AIDS 

Sarah Soo Hon, ATR-BC and Dr.Christine Kerr, ATR-BC, LCAT

Sara Soo Hun is a graduate of the Clinical Art therapy class of 2009

Art Therapy OnLine: ATOL 
(In press) The Ritual of Los Dias De los Muertos and Community Art Therapy

Justine Brown, MA, ATR and Dr. Christine kerr, ATR-BC, LCAT

Justine Brown is a graduate of the Clinical Art therapy class of 2011

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.


The internship component of the art therapy program draws upon the vast mental health and rehabilitative resources of the New York-metropolitan area. The emphasis is on placements that meet the professional and personal interests of each student. An internship occurs after the completion of two semesters of clinical foundation classes; this allows the beginning clinician to actively participate as an intern at their 350-hour placement. Overseen by the clinical internship coordinator, students use their placements as a means of specializing within different client populations. Additionally, internships are also offered internationally. We are strongly connected to the international art therapy community and can facilitate internship placements outside the United States.

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. Recent job placement data reveals that 95% of Long Island University graduates obtained a full-time art therapy position within one year of graduation. 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. Additionally, our alumni’s passing rate of the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) is within the 90th percentile.

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 portfolio should be mailed to:
(Please include your name, phone number and email address as well as the Program of Study and Degree applying for on portfolio)
Art Department Graduate Studies Office
LIU Post Campus
Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2935

Total Credits: 60 Credits
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

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


ARTH 617

Art Therapy International Social Action or ARTH elective



Any graduate ART courses


Required Thesis Courses

ARTH 707

Thesis Research


ARTH 708



Student Outcome Data

Graduation Year 2018-2019
# of graduated 17
Positive Placement Percentage* 87.50%

*“Positive placement” 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 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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College of Arts, Communications & Design
Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall