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NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development MA in Art Therapy
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

MA in Art Therapy

New York, USA

2 Years


Full time, Part time

USD 1,795 / per year *


* Tuition per point/credit in 2019-20 academic year


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Mission Statement

The NYU Art Therapy Program integrates psychotherapy and visual arts practice, engaging the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment. In particular, we promote (1) scholarly research abilities and evidence-based clinical praxis, (2) cross-cultural competency with an appreciation of social justice issues, and (3) fluency with the evolving technologies of new media art.

Program Philosophy

Our person-centered clinical orientation is guided by humanistic and contemporary approaches to psychoanalytic theory that include ego psychology, object relations, self-psychology, and intersubjectivity psychology, and that are grounded in current empirical research, especially attachment and trauma theories.


New York University has been identified with the training of art therapists since the 1950s when Margaret Naumburg, an eminent pioneer in the field, offered courses and training seminars on the graduate level in New York University’s Department of Art and Art Professions. This tradition was continued when Edith Kramer came to the University in 1973 to develop a master’s program in Art Therapy.

By 1976, the master of arts in Art Therapy program had obtained approval from the New York State Education Department, and in 1979, New York University’s Graduate Art Therapy program was one of the first of five programs to receive approval from the American Art Therapy Association. The program prepares students to pass the New York State Licensure for a Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) exam.

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