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.


Art Therapy by the Numbers



Average Retention Rate

2021: 88.89%
2020: 85.00%
2019: 96.43%


Average Graduate Employment Rate*

2021: 95.24%
2020: 94.44%
2019: 100%

*Positive placement within six months


More Program Outcomes

In the News

Ulvi Kasimov working on an art project with GW students at a shared table (Photos: William Atkins/GW Today)

Art Therapy Program Receives $1 Million Gift

GW parents Ulvi and Reykhan Kasimov endowed a fund supporting graduate fellowships for students in the Art Therapy Program.

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.