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Art Therapy

George Washington University

24 months
1720 USD/credit 51600 USD/year
1720 USD/credit 51600 USD/year
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One of the first programs to be developed in the United States and receive approval from the American Art Therapy Association, George Washington University's art therapy program combines artistic training with therapy and counseling skills.


Key facts

A part of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ social and behavioral sciences program, students are trained to become effective art therapists through a combination of coursework, hands-on projects and placements in internships for course credit.

Studies include training in drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as intensive course work in the types of art therapy, diagnosis, and assessment. Coursework in trauma training is also available.

Program Details

The George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Program trains exceptionally skilled therapists whose professional practice is grounded in a broad understanding of the most current clinical art therapy, counseling and trauma theories. Our students learn the most effective research and evaluation methodologies, clinical skills and studio expertise, all within a diverse, integrative and culturally responsive format. Our approach is student-focused, allowing each student to cultivate their own unique art therapist identity.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • History and Theory of Art Therapy
  • Human Development and Art Therapy
  • Counseling/Art Therapy Process
  • Counseling/Art Therapy Theory
  • Studio/Technique of Art Therapy
  • Child Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy with Adolescents
  • Marital and Family Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Group Process
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Assessment Procedures
  • Psychopathology/Art and Diagnosis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in mid-December. Applicants seeking funding are encouraged to submit their applications before January 5.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade point average of B or better.
  • Statement of purpose
  • 2-3 recommendation letters
  • Studio Art prerequisite coursework
  • Psychology prerequisite coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Online application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1720 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    51600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1720 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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