The M.Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in Art Therapy was the first art therapy university-based educational program established in the U.S. It has been an American Art Therapy Association approved (accredited) program since this designation was offered, and the curriculum adheres to the association's guidelines for education.
The Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as "a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight." (www.arttherapy.org).
Graduates also meet the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor associate in Kentucky (LPCA).
The Art Therapy program at UofL offers students a well balanced education in both art and psychology classes, as well as provides the time to still maintain your own self care in graduate school. I am thankful to have chosen a University where the faculty and staff genuinely care about my education and success in the program.Taylor Ray, Art Therapy Student
Art Therapy strives to be an outstanding program--to be in the forefront of excellence in research, scholarship, education, and clinical application; to discover and provide expansion and integration of individual and group art therapy ideology and services into diverse segments of the culture.
Deadline for application to the program is February 1
Everybody is friendly and the professors are wonderful teachers as well as mentors and will do their best to help you with whatever you need. Further, the program is not only an opportunity to develop as a therapist, but also an opportunity to make new future art therapy friends. Moreover, the program includes three semesters of practicum that offers great experiences for what it will be like as a therapist after graduation. I believe this program has a lot to offer future art therapy students and I recommend it to those who are interested in art therapy.Jonathan Hernandez, Art Therapy Graduate
The Art Therapy Master's Degree is an approved program of the American Art Therapy Association and adheres to the association's guidelines for education.
After receipt of your master's degree and professional employment for one year (equal to 1,000 supervised hours of art therapy experience), you become eligible for registration with the association. For more details on registration and the field of art therapy in general, please write or call the American Art Therapy Association, 1202 Allanson Rd., Mundelein, IL 60060, 888-290-0878, or FAX 847-566-4580.
This is a great program. The classes are very enlightening and exciting and the faculty is extremely talented and supportive. I love that art therapy stimulates a journey of self-discovery and creative expression. The opportunities of art therapy are limitless.Tessa Banta, Art Therapy Student
Graduates of the program secure employment in private school settings, medical hospitals, inpatient and out patient mental health facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and forensic correctional institutions.
The Art Therapy program is accredited by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).
For information on program accreditation click here.
Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums does not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.
Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
Please have transcripts sent to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
If transcripts are sent electronically,
please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu
My experience as an art therapy student has been very enlightening; the faculty and staff are very supportive and understanding. I am very obliged to have been accepted into the art therapy program because I believe the faculty cares about their students' educational and career needs. They are not only facilitators of learning but mentors as well.Britni Greene, Art Therapy Student
In addition to these requirements, admission to the degree program may require completion of prerequisite undergraduate courses specific to each area of concentration.
Faculty may require interviews in addition to written credentials as part of the admission process.
Fall Admission: February 1
In addition to general admission requirements for the degree, prospective students applying for a concentration in Art Therapy demonstrate evidence of having completed the following undergraduate coursework.
Art, 18 hours to include the following:
Psychology, 15 hours to include:
Applicants to the Art Therapy program must also submit samples of their work including the following portfolio items:
Experience in helping professions, either paid or volunteer, is recommended.
Eileen O'Neill Estes, Ph.D., LPAT, ATR-BC, Program Director
Mary Beth Orton, M.A., ATR-BC, LPAT, Clinical Coordinator
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and Student Personnel
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Art Therapy is a human services profession. It provides individuals and groups with the means to support and express and explore feelings, thought, problems and potential through the use of art media and imagery. It is utilized with any age and in areas such as medical illness, grief, educational and behavioral problems, emotional issues, and even criminal behavior. It is one of the nonverbal expressive therapies (along with dance, drama, music and poetry therapy) where the process is emphasized rather than the product.
In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.
Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.