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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 – The current educational standards for AATA approved art therapy master’s programs, established in 2007, are administered by the Educational Programs Approval Board (EPAB). These educational requirements for EPAB approved programs remain in place and current or prospective students can review them here. The list of EPAB approved programs is available here and education offered by these approved programs continues to fully prepare graduates with a credible and valuable education which also meets educational requirements of the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) to become a board-certified art therapist.

Beginning in 2017, there will be a five-year period of transition when approved programs will transition to accreditation but graduation from either a program approved by AATA or a program accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) will fully prepare you for a future as a board-certified art therapist. CAAHEP and the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) are working with AATA to establish these processes and to update master’s program educational standards. For more information please visit the ACATE website. This transition from approval of art therapy programs to accreditation of art therapy programs has no impact on the quality of education being received nor on the ability of program graduates to be eligible to become board-certified art therapists.
Review the following information to explore opportunities available:

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 included 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.