MA in Counseling- Art Therapy

Dr. Penny OrrThe Art Therapy program is dedicated to achieving excellence in counseling, art therapy education, research, clinical and community service while fostering the highest ethical standards. The program integrates both counseling and visual arts practice, engaging the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment. In particular we promote (1) scholarly research abilities and evidence-based clinical practice, (2) cross-cultural competency, and (3) technologies of media art. 

The MA in Counseling - Art Therapy program is approved by National Association of School of Art and Design (NASADCommission on Accreditation and meets the educational requirements, according to the ART Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), to qualify you for your Registration as an Art Therapist (ATR). This program is designed to meet American Art Therapy Association (AATA) requirements; we will be applying for AATA approval after the required three graduating classes.

The Masters in Counseling/Art Therapy Program is designed to provide the educational requirements for students who wish to pursue after graduation their national Art Therapy Credential (ATR) and their Pennsylvania Counselor License (LPC). If a student outside of Pennsylvania  wishes to pursue a counseling license after graduation, it is the student’s responsibility to verify with their state or country’s licensing agency whether or not the education provided by this university meets the states standards.

To fulfill our mission we:

  • Provide a rigorous didactic curriculum in counseling and experiential art therapy education
  • Emphasize the understanding of various individual, group, and family theoretical approaches
  • Prepare graduates to integrate theoretical approaches into the practice of art therapy with culturally diverse people of all ages in a variety of settings
  • Encourage students to develop a personal and ethical approach to counseling and art therapy
  • Ground students in a mental health perspective
  • Promote clinical competence in assessment and treatment
  • Develop competency in planning, conducting, and evaluating counseling and art therapy research
  • Enhance student self-awareness and development of counseling and artist-therapist identity through personal art making and self-reflection
  • Foster skills in the therapeutic use of a broad range of art processes and material

Art Therapy Program Goals.

  • Demonstrate fluency in counseling psychology fundamentals and art therapy approaches.
  • Demonstrate competency in case conceptualization and clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency.
  • Relate foundational knowledge of research and science to counseling psychology fundamentals and art therapy approaches.
  • Pursue a professional identity as a Counselor and Art Therapist.
  Occupation    PA Job Growth    U.S. Job Growth    PA Median Salary    U.S. Median Salary  
Art Therapists 14% 13% $41,900 $43,200

**Salary and job growth information obtained from O*NET OnLine.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Edinboro University's School of Graduate Studies at (814)732-2856, toll-free at (888) 845-2890 or by email