Non-Degree Student Online Course

three art therapy students studying at computers

The Art Therapy Program offers students and professionals from outside the degree program to participate in an online, semester-long course. Survey of Art Therapy explores the theories, techniques and range of practice within the field of art therapy. Students will learn from experts in the field through podcasts, online discussion, case materials and articles written by presenters.

The online course is an opportunity to learn about art therapy from national and international experts who work with clients specific to the week’s topic. Students will focus on the use of the visual arts to enhance their own personal development and growth through illustrated lectures, readings, discussions and studio work. No previous art experience is necessary.

How to Apply

Current GW degree-seeking students apply through the GWeb Information System. Under the Registration Menu option, search for the Art Therapy Survey Course. 

Non-GW students should visit the GW Office of Non-Degree Students website to apply.


Course Goals

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe foundational aspects of art therapy, the theories and techniques behind each aspect and the professional and ethical uses of art therapy 
  • Analyze how experts in the field of art therapy utilize various techniques with different populations 
  • Reinforce the need for self-awareness, multi-cultural competence and professionalism in the field


Material and Structure

This online course is a full three-credit course completed over one semester. Each of the eight modules covered represents a different aspect of art therapy. The course is intensive, and it requires participants to complete work more frequently than in a regular semester-long course. Please be sure to follow the course schedule closely so you do not fall behind or miss a submission. 

Online interaction is central to this course. You will be assigned to a group in which you will deliberate over a discussion question related to the week’s topic. You will be required to present your final project during the last module.  

This course is mostly asynchronous, meaning that you are not required to login at the same time to “attend” class. However, you must still follow the weekly timeline of readings, PowerPoint lectures, assignment submissions, journal entries and threaded discussion as designated in the course schedule.