healing the mind and body

Through the therapeutic power of art.


Art Therapy Program


The GW Art Therapy Program combines the expressive use of drawing, painting and sculpture with psychotherapeutic concepts to aid in healing the mind and body. Founded in 1971, the fully accredited program is one of the first of its kind in the United States. It offers a rare combination of international partnerships, internships and trauma training while providing practical experience through its Art Therapy Clinic. The program also supports students' artistic pursuits, with frequent exhibits in a modern gallery space.

Students learn through hands-on training guided by our faculty, who are all credentialed art therapists with expertise in clinical practice and research. The academic program offers master’s and combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees that facilitate professional licensure upon graduation.



MA in Art Therapy Info Session: June 14

Join us online for an information session discussing the field of art therapy and the GW Master of Arts in Art Therapy program.

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Art Therapy by the Numbers



Average Retention Rate

2022: 92.00%
2021: 88.46%
2020: 85.00%


Average Graduate Employment Rate*

2022: 100%
2021: 95.24%
2020: 94.44%

*Positive placement within six months


More Program Outcomes

In the News

A student stands in front of a large research poster presenting

Student Research Shines at CCAS Showcase

Undergraduate and graduate students, including art therapy master’s student Bianca Batar, displayed their scholarly work at the 2024 CCAS Research Showcase.

What We Offer


Art Therapy student Bo Hundley

“Not only has this program provided me with a deeper understanding of the field of art therapy, but it has helped me to foster a deeper understanding of myself. By cultivating more self awareness and strengthening my own identity as an aspiring art therapist, I feel better equipped to enter into the helping profession with confidence.”

Bo Hundley
MA '20




ACATE: Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education


CAAHEP manages the ACATE accreditation process.