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About the Program

The Florida State University Graduate Art Therapy program offers degrees in Master of Science in Art Therapy as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education, specializing in Art Therapy. The Masters-level program emphasizes a thorough theoretical foundation of art therapy techniques and applications as well as three full practicum experiences working within community and clinical settings. The program integrates research-informed practices to foster culturally sensitive graduates who understand and apply the power of the visual arts and therapeutic relationships to promote personal and community wellness. The power of art for social justice and societal change is not only infused in our philosophy but is the overarching theme that pervades our curriculum and coursework. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health and Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to the Art Therapy program in 2019.

Master of Science in Art Therapy

The FSU Art Therapy Program provides graduates with a Master’s of Science Degree in Art Therapy and prepares competent entry level art therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior learning domains). FSU’s innovative art therapy program integrates diverse theories and research-informed practices to foster culturally sensitive graduates who understand and apply the power of the visual arts and therapeutic relationships to promote personal and community wellness.


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PhD or EdD in Art Education with a Concentration in Art Therapy

The purpose of the PhD or EdD program in Art Education with a Concentration in Art Therapy is to encourage students to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge related to art therapy. Students are supported in their efforts to investigate and advance understanding related innovative applications of art therapy, therapeutic processes and outcomes in art therapy, and other research topics based on individual student interests.



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Art Therapy Program’s CAAHEP Accreditation

The Art Therapy Program at Florida State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE). CAAHEP awarded initial accreditation to the Art Therapy program in January of 2019. Minimal Expectations for the Florida State University Art Therapy Program: The goal of the FSU Art Therapy Program is to prepare competent entry level Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior learning domains).

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