Mental Health Counseling - Art Therapy, M.A. | Lesley University | Cambridge, United States
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Mental Health Counseling - Art Therapy

24 months
35700 USD/year
35700 USD/year
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The 60-credit Mental Health Counseling - Art Therapy at Lesley University is ideal for visual artists who wish to use a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpting, and other media) to promote positive intrapersonal and interpersonal change with diverse populations. 


Drawing from your Mental Health Counseling - Art Therapy experience as a visual artist, discover art making’s potential to help others gain self-awareness and understanding. Through our art therapy program, study to promote healing through drawing, painting, sculpting, and other media. Train alongside world-recognized faculty in a national hub for mental health practice and research, and spend 1,150 hours in the field fostering well-being in individuals, families, and communities.

Learning outcomes

At Lesley University, you’ll continue to explore your identity as an artist while developing as an art therapist. You will build the foundational skills and experiences needed to become a licensed mental health counselor. Working within our cross-disciplinary community, build your expertise in the therapeutic applications for art making, while finding opportunities to collaborate with students working in diverse artistic disciplines, from drama to music to writing.

As you train for a career in mental health counseling and art therapy, build an understanding of the science that underlies human behavior. Learn how to address the changing needs of human beings across the lifespan. Research the artistic, physical, cognitive, neurological, and social development of individuals. Infuse this science with creativity and compassion to help others come to a place of wholeness and wellness.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Orientation to Expressive Therapies
  • Theories in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Group Counseling: Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Studio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We may review applications on a rolling basis after February 15 if space permits. 


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Transcripts
  • Foreign Academic Credentials Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Written Personal Statement
  • Current Résumé
  • Interview
  • Submit 15–20 digital images of your artwork.
  • The images should represent a variety of media, including 2- and 3-dimensional work that demonstrates your technical abilities and the range of your self expression.
  • Website URLs are not an acceptable format for the portfolio submission.
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      35700 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 71400 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
    • National

      35700 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 71400 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

    Living costs for Cambridge

    1814 - 3756 USD /month
    Living costs

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


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