Information for Students

Welcome to the American Art Therapy Association! Students are encouraged to become involved with the American Art Therapy Association as an active member and take advantage of all the benefits that can help you in your career.


An open hearing for the proposed Standards and Guidelines for the accreditation of educational programs in art therapy is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. To review and comment on the proposed Standards and to register for the open hearing, please visit the Public Notifications page on the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) website. Anyone planning to attend the electronic open hearing must register by October 21, 2016. Comments on the proposed Standards must be made by October 16, 2016. Those interested in art therapy master’s level education may also review and comment on the proposed Standards. Click here to read the full announcement.

Educational Standards/Educational Programs

Review Education Standards for a Master’s and Doctorate degree programs in Art Therapy and search the list of list of Universities & Programs to find one in your area. All programs listed are approved by the Educational Programs Approval Board. Plan to attend the Annual Conference to select from more than 160 courses taught by leading educators.

Ethical Principles for Art Therapists

This Ethics document is intended to provide principles to cover many situations encountered by art therapists. Its goals are to safeguard the welfare of the individuals and groups with whom art therapists work and to promote the education of members, students, and the public regarding ethical principles of the art therapy discipline. Ethical Principles for Art Therapists

Research and Information

Art Therapy Outcome and Single Subject Studies useful in study, research, grant writing, and publications. Consult the on-line archives of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, a benefit of student membership for studies, research findings and model programs. Read the Multicultural Committee Selected Bibliography Selected Bibliography and the Resource List for specific publications.

Student Membership Benefits

You can qualify as a Student member with the American Art Therapy Association if you are currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning and are interested in art therapy. Our Student members have access to the Journal electronically, however if you wish you may upgrade your basic student membership to the Student PLUS level — where you will receive four issues of the Journal annually AND Student Liability Insurance is included. Annual Dues for a Student member is $55 and Student PLUS is $80. Click here to join or renew your membership now.

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Scholarships for Art Therapy Students

The American Art Therapy Association offers several scholarships for students, including the its Anniversary Scholarship Award, the Myra Levick Scholarship Fund, Rawley Silver Award for Excellence, Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund, and scholarships to assist students in attending the Annual Conference. If you are a Student Member of American Art Therapy Association be sure to take advantage of these opportunities. Read more here.