In the art therapy/counseling program, you will become a professional who is able to integrate art and psychology as a vehicle for healing. The program trains students through a course of study that blends theory, technique, and practice. With classes in art therapy, counseling, psychology, research, and studio art, you’ll develop your artistic and creative skills in large, studio spaces, while also training to conduct research.

And, you’ll quickly translate your knowledge into real-world skills, starting with a practicum experience in your second semester. Internship opportunities begin in year two, and provide the chance to work with individuals and groups of all ages who are experiencing mental illness, emotional and behavioral challenges, cancer, medical issues, brain injuries, or sexual and domestic abuse. Graduates from this program are master's-level clinicians who can jump right into the workforce, or pursue additional licensure opportunities, which will allow them to become licensed art therapists. 

You’ll have the option to pursue a Master of Science, which will provide you with clinical training and practice, studio art, and a completed research project, or our new Master of Education track, which focuses on an understanding of arts-based research. By selecting this track, you’ll develop as an art therapist with an emphasis on academic scholarship surrounding clinical applications of research. While both tracks require participation in a final art exhibit, students in the M.Ed. track concentrate on an aesthetic vision that includes materials, techniques, invention, expression, and observation. Emphasis of the final art exhibit for students in the M.S. track is related to their clinical experience.

CAAHEP Accredited Program

The Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling master’s degree program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), effective immediately. Awarded after a peer review by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and the CAAHEP Board of Directors, this accreditation determined that the Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling program was in substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.

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You can now pursue your Master of Education.

The new M.Ed. track focuses on an understanding of arts-based research, allowing you to develop your skills as an art therapist while also preparing you to contribute to the field through academic scholarship surrounding clinical applications of research. While you're in the M.Ed. track, you'll concentrate on an aesthetic vision that includes a final art exhibition that focuses on materials, techniques, invention, expression and observation for your final art exhibit. 

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Why study art therapy/counseling?

Experience the best of two worlds—art and psychology—in the Springfield College master's-level art therapy/counseling program. 

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Studying Art Therapy/Counseling (Master's Degree) At Springfield College

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The Art Therapy Graduate Programs at Springfield College are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.