While the Art Therapy Program considers applications throughout the year, admitted students begin classes in the Fall semester because of the sequence of coursework and internship requirements. Potential students are welcome to contact the program to discuss their candidacy anytime during the year. Informational sessions are usually held once a month.
Candidates are advised to begin preparing their application in the Fall before they hope to enter the program, and to submit as early as possible. To be considered for University-sponsored financial support, complete applications (transcripts, letters of recommendation, and digital portfolio) must be received by January 15. However, applications can be submitted after January 15th without financial aid consideration.
The Art Therapy Program will contact you if you are selected to interview. To ensure your preferred interview date is available, please complete your application as early as possible.
We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2017 semester. The next round of applications will start in November for the Fall 2018 semester.
Application materials are screened by the Graduate Studies Office of the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and are reviewed by the faculty of the Art Therapy Program.
It is expected that applicants will have investigated the field and will be familiar with some of the art therapy literature before applying. Previous mental health related volunteer experience that involves using art therapeutically is recommended. It is suggested that recommendation letters (more than two preferred) be requested from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's performance in such work, as well as in the prerequisite courses (see admission requirements). Please do not include references from friends, family, or classmates.
When submitting your application, send your portfolio directly to the art therapy program (see portfolio specific requirements). When you present your portfolio at the interview, you should be prepared to discuss some of your work from a personal perspective. In particular, we are interested in your personal understanding of art and what you have learned about yourself through the art-making process.
A recommendation to admit, defer, waitlist, or deny an applicant is made by the Director of the Art Therapy Program to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will then inform the candidate of the decision by secure email through our online application system.