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Educational Requirements

Welcome! Students are encouraged to join and become involved with the American Art Therapy Association to receive benefits that can last throughout your career. Included in this section is an overview of the resources and opportunities available to students. Find information about art therapy educational programs, scholarship opportunities, research and how to become a Student Member of the Association. Educational Standards for an Art Therapy Master’s program are set by the Education Committee of the Association. See the Universities and Colleges for more information. Review the following information to explore opportunities available:


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 Click here to read the complete announcement.


Please click here to view data compiled by the American Medical Association regarding Art Therapy salaries and job descriptions    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is in the process of reviewing the job classification for ‘art therapist’ for an update to be including in the BLS Job Classification system within the next 18 months.

Student Scholarships – The American Art Therapy Association offers several scholarships for students, including the Anniversary Scholarship Fund, Myra Levick Scholarship Fund, Rawley Silver Award for Excellence in Research, Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund, and the Prasad Family Scholarship for international students to assist them in attending the Association’s Annual Conference. Student members are eligible to take advantage of these support opportunities.

Art Therapy Outcomes Bibliography Students will find the Art Therapy Outcome and Single Subject Studies useful for purposes of research, grant writing, demonstrating support for your art therapy program and providing evidence of the effects of art therapy with various client populations. Listings are grouped primarily by client populations. Abstracts are provided for the two journals that have give copyright permissions without a fee: Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and American Journal of Art Therapy. Abstracts written or modified by Research Committee members appear for some listings. Links to the abstracts or articles are provided for all the articles.