Comments on: Art Therapy a Good Career? An Outlook on Art Therapy Inspiring others to create. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:41:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: Cara Rose Wyatt Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:09:57 +0000 I’m considering Art Therapy or Occupational Therapy (which is not only holistic in it’s approach to therapy but had it’s start by integrating arts and crafts into a mental health setting). However the trend in OT is away from psych (less then 3% of OTs work in mental health settings), so even though in the UK one can do additional work and sit for boards, in the US one still has to be a mental health professional.

By: Regina Jerman Barr Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:38:03 +0000 I didn’t mention in my reply above that I’d read most of the previous replies and no one(including me) can help with answers. I am in the same boat as most of you. The questioning of the gap between a Art> Psychology degree or the reverse!I’m also wanting to know if I can find a field/career in helping people with combining these two and not have to get another degree?

By: Regina Jerman Barr Wed, 06 Apr 2016 04:28:24 +0000 I live in the Central Valley of California(Modesto). I have my BA in Art and have always loved doing art with children. I’m also interested in the mental Health field in helping people overcome their mental illness. I also cant afford a or have the time to pursue a $40,000 graduate degree in Art Therapy or Counseling degree. I’m 58 yrs old, divorced and on disability. I may qualify for financial help, but not wanting a student loan. Where do I start? Do you have any ideas or places online that I can go to in order to find out what I can do? Thanks R.Jerman Barr

By: Art Nonsense Mon, 01 Feb 2016 02:23:21 +0000 If you are concerned about how much money you will make, then crap like MFT and art therapy is not for you. You will spend precious years of your life getting degrees and letters after your name only to make $50k tops a year. You can go into private practice but good luck getting people to pay $100+/hour on a consistent basis. Oh yeah, and insurance (if you can get on a panel) will take half. So find just find a bunch of those cash-only clients, and it will be fine. No wonder only old ladies go into this field, husbands pay for school, support them during their unpaid volunteer time, and bankroll their private practice that is not making money but who cares? It is a hobby, not career, for them, because they do not care if they make money or not. Psychotherapy is such bull and I have no idea why people spend so much time, effort, and money to try and do it.

By: Jampire Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:35:04 +0000 Hi, everyone. im from s.korea, who is seriously considering to study art therapy in the States.. but more and more i research about this field..i read more and more negative stories… so i feel quite depressed and frustrated.

i majored graphic designs and holding BA and MA both.. but i lost interests in design fields..and suddenly remembered that i was really into taking care of ppl who’s suffering with emotional issues. so that’s why i thought studying art therapy would be a great choice for me..

however, when i asked to many experts (docs, professors, teachers) they all said.. “i’m sorry, i do not have much information on that field, but if you are really into counselling or psychology to help ppl, u should try to study clinical psychology.” but..i think they are overlooking a fact that, i didnt major anything related with psychology… so which makes me to worry it just ok and good enough to start from graduate schools?

one of the biggest reason why i chose Art therapy is, my major is related with this major. Graphic design is related with art therapy..but..if i try to study clinical psychology, there’s no commonalities between these two majors..and this is one of the biggest reason ppl around me not to choose something totally far away from my major. do u guys agree with this opinion?

moreover, honestly..i have no idea what is the difference between Counselor, Therapist and Clinical psychologist. To me, its all counselling, listen, understand, and try to give solution to help patients. isn’t it? can anyone tell me more detailed differences between them?

and..Lastly…can anyone give me an advice for my future?

By: Ali Sat, 19 Dec 2015 02:18:51 +0000 Sad but true!
I graduated with a Masters degree in AT from Hofstra three years ago, got my license and supervised hours and only two people out of twenty four of my graduating class are currently employed in the field (one is working with her aunt who happens to be a guidance counselor at a private school – nepotism does come in handy!).
I urge every person contemplating a masters degree in AT to research the local employment market WELL BEFORE entering such a program; I love the field I chose to study but unfortunately it is not a respected enough discipline to be dignified as important.

By: S Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:39:05 +0000 Hi, I am considering studying Art Therapy (I have a fine art degree). I am concerned because the course is expensive but if I do pay for it and graduate as an Art Therapist, how difficult is it to get a job? I’m in the UK. Are Art Therapist job vacancies available often and regularly? Can one survive comfortably with this job? I would really appreciate any response. Thank you

By: Taylor Thu, 05 Nov 2015 03:22:03 +0000 Hi I’m a high school student looking into art therapy as my major for college I have a few questions would u mind answering them?

By: Stephanie Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:04:27 +0000 Hello Jessica!

Where did you go for your Masters? I am a prospective student who is trying to find optimism amongst all these comments. I am just curious where you studied.


By: Stephanie Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:52:40 +0000 I am currently a sophomore in college, and I am looking into pursuing a career in Art Therapy! I am having trouble narrowing down options for Graduate Schools in the United States. I am willing to travel anywhere in the US; any recommendations where there is a high need or high job placement for art therapists?

By: Hannah Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:10:57 +0000 I’m currently trying to complete a bachelors degree in Social Work with an art minor in hopes to one day become an art therapist for children and young adults. I guess what I’m wondering is if this would be enough? Would a masters/grad degree be needed?

By: Kassidy Butterworth Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:33:43 +0000 Hello,

I am a Psychology undergrad in my senior year, and I am looking at Masters programs in California (specifically Phillips Graduate Institute). The program offers a degree in MFT/Art therapy. I am wondering what the salary outlook is in San Diego if I were to work there. I have become worried that I will barely be able to support myself, seeing online what art therapists are paid. If anyone is currently working as an Art therapist/MFT, I would be interested to hear your experience and about how much you make a year.

Thank you

By: shaymaa Sun, 06 Sep 2015 23:18:21 +0000 I am an interior designer, i recently finished a masters of fine arts with a merit, and i really want to study masters of art therapy, i applied in the UK but they rejected my application for the lacking of experience in the field, so where should i work to get the proper experience in art therapy?

By: Deanna Miesch Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:55:29 +0000 These comments would certainly be depressing for anyone interested in pursuing Art Therapy. I have been practicing Art Therapy for 20 years: ATR-BC, LPC-S. Many of the comments about Art Therapy, I believe could be said for many related fields: Counseling, Social Work,…
When anyone graduates, and they need to get their supervised hours, they will have a difficult time being underpaid, etc, regardless of the degree. That is life–not just for Art Therapists. However, if you have the stamina to push through, everything does get easier once you are licensed. What do you want to be doing for the rest of your life? If I had pursued Counseling or Social Work, I would always be wondering, should I have pursued Art Therapy instead? I don’t know how many people I have met over the years who have pursued something else and wished they had an Art Therapy degree. Yes, one can certainly study Art Therapy post grad, but it ISN’T the same. And you can’t call it Art Therapy (at least here in the US), unless you have the master’s.
If you need the FT job for the rest of your life, you can certainly work as an Art Therapist in many settings, or do art therapy within another job (the art teacher who actually knows how to help their troubled students survive; the clinic where you work doing outpatient therapy as a “Therapist”, but you are doing Art Therapy essentially; the outreach coordinator at the museum who really knows how to engage the community, etc. If you have the desire and means to pursue a private practice (the income protection from a spouse is helpful for ANYONE in private practice, regardless of the degree), wonderful–but get the FT job, pay off your loans, and get good experience under your belt first.
Art Therapy is not going away. Do what you love.

By: Deanna Miesch Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:32 +0000 There is now a program in Minnesota: Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN

By: rochelle Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:18:34 +0000 Hi Kristin i will like to know more about your experience, where are you from where did you got your master, what make you decide for art therapy already having a degree in architecture, i have a bachelor degree in arts and graphic design and now in september going to start another bachelor degree in psychology.

By: Vadakorn Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:17:10 +0000 Wow, I am an Architect considering art therapy as a career also. I thought it was just me.:)

By: Tara Sun, 17 May 2015 13:45:17 +0000 Really interesting to read the comments here. I, too, am considering a master’s program in AT to prepare for a career, which for me would be a career change (I’m actually the ripe age of 43 already). There’s some trends here in the comments of the posters as many seem surprised to find out that there are challenges finding dedicated jobs in the field, or are seeking info on prospects in their states or cities or the advantages/disadvantages of certain degrees. Admittedly, I was surprised by some of the questions. Nothing greater can be said for doing as much of your own research as possible. There are so many variables that can make a difference in these things, especially when you factor in what type of AT job you see yourself in. Hospital setting? Private practice? Community organization? University teaching, even?

Coming from special education teaching, where jobs are prevalent, I was very aware of the AT job shortage when I first began considering a career change to AT. That was not a deterrent but it may have been a different story, for me, at 20. I am in NYC. We have the best art therapy programs and schools, widespread acceptance of art as a therapeutic modality (from what I observe) and “the arts” in general, and there is tight regulation of the AT field as a mental health profession. Yet, even here jobs prospects are limited.

Many posters mentioned a love of art and knowing they wanted to help people, and of course that is a great starting place. I had that starting place, too (I went to art school back in the early ’90s, and have an art teaching license, although I teach special education). There are many ways to help people, of course, and many ways to be creative or work in an art field. I encourage everyone to consider all the different options that are option to them. I know what type of job I am interested in (private practice), the populations, mental health and learning/cognitive issues I would like to work with in my therapeutic practice. I’ve spoke with several therapists in independent practice (though no art therapists, yet, though I will) about their challenges. Frustrations around insurance billing is a MAJOR theme! I have researched the cost of space in this very expensive town I live in. I’ve done all of this before even applying to an AT program, though I have thoroughly researched the various programs. I know my first and second choice and when I would begin if I decide to proceed. All that being said, I am still deciding. Because….

TL:DR — jobs = yes, challenging / research! research! research! — everyone’s decision will be their own

By: Antje Thu, 14 May 2015 11:37:35 +0000 Well, yes, that accounts for America, and as I understand for Australia and the UK as well. I have graduated as an art therapist in the Netherlands with a BA degree after 4 years of full time study (which means I have spend twice as much time studying the field as master degree students in the US,UK and OZ). It is frustrating that with this intense education I am obviously not allowed to practice as an art therapist in those countries, whereas people with “less education” can. It’s a funny thought though that there is a master study without a bachelor study upfront.. I think art therapy is the only study I heard about that has that. Every other field has to teach the basics first (BA) and then go in depth (MA). I just hope one day the educational system is equalized globally in the sense of enabling people to do their work and share their experiences globally. (Just to mention, my first education was nursing with some years of experience in mental health institutions before I started studying art therapy).
For me art therapy is THE best job ever! But if it is not an easy road to take, well depending on where you want to work, in which field, in an institution or private practice…there are a lot of things to consider and obstacles to overcome.. A lot of people I know from University are doing at leas ONE other thing to pay the bills.

I must say though, that I love the internet. Especially in fields that are not that common, as art therapy, it helps enormously to connect with other people interested in that field and other professionals.
So are there any art therapist who tried to get licensed/ find a job as an art therapist in the US, UK or Australia with a bachelor degree from Europe? Any advice or tips would be highly appreciated!

Many thanks!

By: psychobabbler artist Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:48:03 +0000 janice,
Perhaps you might consider some personal art therapy. Being so jaded, even though you express with some humor, can’t be fun.

By: Jolie Jones Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:11:13 +0000 Any recommendations on an institute or professional organization to join for art therapy? I live in Texas currently, but anywhere within the U.S. would be suffice?

By: Casey Sundahl Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:06:14 +0000 I have a BFA in Fine/ Visual Arts and an MAT in Secondary Art Education (grades K-12). I’m looking at a few AT programs around the East Coast/ South. Since I have a Master’s already, I have looked into a great program that offers a Doctorate in Art Education specializing in Art Therapy and Counseling. Since I don’t have a MS in Art Therapy, do you think that this would be the best track for me? Or would it be best to do the extended PhD that included picking up the course work and practicum for the AT program, even though I did a practicum for my MAT and have a few years of teaching experience? The program I found is at Florida State. Awesome program, but would mean moving my son and husband with me to Tallahassee, FL. With the acceptance rate and such, I think it would be an amazing opportunity, but is it worth it? Do you all think this would be something to honestly pursue? Thanks!

By: Jori Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:53:38 +0000 Well, you’re in luck, because Milwaukee isn’t in Minnesota! 😛

By: monena Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:12:03 +0000 I was wondering about doing art therapy combine with my Animation degree which I haven’t got, yet. My parents and family have been pressuring me open my options more. And I have mixed feelings, because reading people’s different reviews on things. I was thinking of going between Art gallery and Art therapy. Of course, I’ve read information and heard others in both these fields. In which case, resulted many struggles(financial issues) and job related issues too. However, the school I wanted to go is the Art institute of Michigan (Novi) they only have two course of psychology and that is Psychology and Social Psychology.

Now, It’s making rethink everything, where I am back to square one. I don’t want to be struggling for rest of life when it comes to secured a job or worry about money issues every time something takes down fall. I am 25 years old, and I have struggle seven years of trying to my bachelor’s degree. Most of it was financial or family matters problems. I am tired and don’t which way is up anymore. I change art schools twice; both stayed only a year. I need some career that is stabled. I wanted to be animator, but, since that is becoming saturated. Which forced me to elsewhere; to have a back-up. I do not like to struggle nor do I have to find out that no one will hire me because of this.

I am already struggling as it is. Have been heavily disappointed in many ways of pursuing my dreams. And it going to push me, where I’m going to look in a different career I don’t like, on that hand, produces more money to survive on.

Sorry for complaining, but, I am in serious need of help. Since you said art therapy had all kinds of of doors open up to you.

By: slowdive Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:48:16 +0000 Remember, ‘hitting the target’ is not impossible. But it’s always smart to plan around the target of an Art Therapist career, as most programs are beginning to do now… Ask yourself, would you be willing to work as a counseling psychologist, mental health counselor, case manager, guidance counselor, or art teacher while waiting for an art therapy position to open up? Is the salary range of $35-42,000 acceptable for you? Would you be willing to move out of state for work, or even start a business of your own? Does your master’s program prepare you beyond an Art Therapy degree?–not many states allow the practice of Art Therapy itself, as I’ve found. Will the time and money spent be worth it? Be honest with yourself and question, question. Go to an art therapy conference if you can. Talk to the art therapists there and listen to what they have to say. Listen intently with your ears and your body. Sit with it for days or weeks. How does the career of art therapist feel in your body? Whatever you decide, follow your heart and at the same time use discernment (don’t lose your footing). very important. hope this helps. Good luck!

By: Raquel Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:47:40 +0000 Wow.

I am just overwhelmed by the negativity and skepticism of those whom have lost their spark. I was looking forward to this profession, especially in the Portland Oregon area. It seems so many people have turned out disappointed with their outcome, but don’t want one blog page to dissuade so many. I graduated high school 2014, and am taking classes at Portland Community College for two years in order to save money. My primary choice of career was Art Education for a long time, when I realized that Art Therapy existed. I love Art, and the effect it has on people. It was my only sanity in high school, and I knew I wanted to spread creativity and ingenuity to students. Currently I am taking courses involving Pyschology and Art, but I would like to future farm my best.

Do any current AT’s have advise for me as for schooling? Should I focus on Psych as my Batchelor’s degree, first? Would this open me to a wider career path? What if it were Art Education, and I mastered in Art Therapy? I never seem to find a decent answer to this question, and it would be very nice to hear the opinion of someone in this career path.

By: Lucy Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:16:54 +0000 Hi Everyone! I have a BA in Psychology and am planning on applying to Masters programs… Does anyone know if it is possible to become a certified Art Therapist after going through a regular MFT masters program? Thanks! I’m looking at M.A’s in MFT and MA’s in Art Therapy.

By: Adrien Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:16:15 +0000 I’m a freshman in high school and graduate in 2018. I’ve been looking into this occupation but the job outlook is hazy. I am wondering is this job is good on money (enough to pay off student loans) and support a family with out much struggle; any opinions?

By: janice Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:43:49 +0000 The best way to work toward becoming an art therapist is to make sure that you have a partner who is well off. That way someone else can pay your living expenses while you get to tell everyone about your impressive but mostly non paying work as an art therapist. When your partner starts to have a meltdown you will have all the psycobabble tools necessary to console your partner yet continue getting a free ride until the day you are ready to retire having earned nothing. By then your partner will probably have died of a heart attack and hopefully they will leave you enough money to carry on telling everyone you are a retired art therapist or some bullshit like that.

By: Tammy Hauser Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:14:11 +0000 My daughter is an upcoming high school senior. She has discovered a school that offers a bachelors in Art Therapy. She is thinking of getting the BS and then getting a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Is this a good idea? Does it make sense? Would it help her job chances in general since there is a higher demand for occupational therapists? I guess we were wondering if it would make her more “marketable”.

By: cassandra Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:31:34 +0000 Hello! I’m currently debating whether or not to pursue art therapy. The school nearby offers an MFT license with emphasis on expressive art therapy. I was close to getting a BFA in illustration, but recently dropped out due to the cost, and the realization that I dont want to be a freelance artist, I’d rather directly HELP people more.
Im planning on finishing my B.A. and continuing to getting an MFA in art therapy.
Anyone in the feild, please enlighten me on the challenges of being a successful art therapist. Does it help to be a licensed MFT in case there arent many opportunities for an art therapist?
Furthermore, how has your experiences in art therapy been….does it truly work and make a difference in patients lives? I believe the answer is yes, but I would like to hear what others believe too as reinforcement. I’m sort of on the rocks right now because i’m going through a sort of transitional phase with school.

Any advice or insights will help.
Thanks! 🙂

By: KristinaR Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:25:07 +0000 Hi! I’m currently in Freshman at an art school, and though it is early, I’m already worrying about the future of my career. I am torn between interior architecture and drawing, and with a BFA in drawing, would it be wise to pursue art therapy? Any advice from those of you already in the field would be great. Both options seem to be not the best career move, but if it’s what I love, then it won’t be work.

By: katrinacurry Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:14:30 +0000 I studied art therapy in Canada, worked for several years on that credential, and then followed that graduate credential up with a second degree in ecosystemic/developmental clinical practice. I found that my job opportunities expanded once I also had the second masters and clinical credential that was more traditional and more well recognized in the province (BC) and now the state (California) where I live. I advise anyone entering into the art therapy profession to consider a dual degree program where you can end up with a credential in art therapy and in counseling psychology/MFT as this combination opens many more doors that a solo art therapy credential does. My experience has been that the traditional credential opens the door for me to be considered for a job and the art therapy credential makes me a more valued applicant/employee.

By: Sara Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:52:57 +0000 There seems to be a great divide between what we, as the artists know is intrinsically valuable, and what the business world sees as valuable and is willing to pay for (we all know they need our services, haha). However, once one becomes an Art Therapist, how do we market our degree and abilities, and the healing power of art in a way that we get good-paying jobs? After all, we paid good money for our degrees! Ideas?

By: MS Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:02:29 +0000 These decisions are always based on and a divide between a. what you have a passion to do and b. what can you survive and thrive with. I wish each of you the best. I have been contemplatind a career in art therapy for 8 years. I have continued to seek information about my desire to be in this profession but I am surronded by the pressure into something practical. Best wishes to all of you.

By: Adriana Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:53:36 +0000 I am a few semesters away from graduating with a BA in Sociology and a BA in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Art. I tried to get a broad spectrum degree in undergraduate so I could benefit from all aspects for graduate. Hispanic Studies can broaden a clientele and I know that is important today. I realize how tough and competitive job markets are nowadays, but I figure that almost anything worth our efforts and time will be tough to accomplish. With that being said, I am very interested in Art Therapy, it has been my goal since my senior year in high school.

As I am approaching the time to really decide on what programs to go towards and not just day dream, I am confused as to what direction is most beneficial in getting a job. MA in Art Therapy, MPS in Art therapy, MA in Counseling Psychology:Art Therapy, MA in Expressive Therapies: Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, I mean the descriptions go for days… Not to mention that my tuition has been paid for by financial aid all 4 years in college. Expensive tuition is expected when applying to graduate school but I still have to survive.

I am curious if anyone has any recommendations as to which degree programs are better and what school offers them. I have looked into most of the programs on the American Art Therapy Association website, but I am still confused. If anyone could shine a little light or just voice opinions I’d be very grateful!

By: Jen Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:26:11 +0000 Hi, I would like to know if anyone has advice as far as choosing graduate schools for Expressive Arts Therapy. So far, I have looked at JFK University, CIIS in San Francisco and San Diego University. Does anyone know the differences between the schools or could give me some guidance? Thanks!

By: Artanti Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:59:00 +0000 hey ! it’s amazing, i want to learn like it!

By: Theresa Hoglund Mueller Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:19:59 +0000 Hi Laura,
How unfortunate that the advisor is so misinformed about art therapy. Of course a trained art therapist has the ability to offer much much more in depth professional application of art therapy then someone who has a therapy or counseling degree and uses art therapy. Yes you can choose to simply learn some aspects of art therapy “via technique” or “tool” and use it in your therapy and counseling practice without a degree but thank God those who wish to understand the depths of the subject dare to go further so that those who can benefit get the opportunity. That is not to say using art should ever be discouraged but we must not misunderstand the importance of supporting the integrity of a profession and the reason for its existence.

There is a difference between learning to play a few chords on the guitar to hold sing alongs and learning classical music sort of speak.
Given that I agree with your advisor on one front, in a perfect world one would be able to get hired and practice as an art therapist simply because one has the credentials and the ability. This is not so and is a serious shame. If in the end art therapy loses its potential professional power due to over application of tool or “technique” from others without depth so as to “wash down” its power, we all lose.
I personally would recommend getting an art therapy degree that also assures your ability to get licensed as a marriage and family or licensed professional counselor as you have stated because art therapist jobs are rare in my experience.

Many programs offer Art Therapy Counseling or art therapy with marriage and family. Having the depth of understanding to really use art therapy in your practice however goes way beyond technique and the training will stay with you forever. Just my opinion after using art in my counseling work for 16 years, teaching art for another 12 and then returning for my masters in art therapy so I could really study, understand and apply my knowledge to the people I serve. Disappointingly I am in great demand for free services but few will pay. Many want me to work with them so they can learn a technique and apply it themselves and when the grant ends have me move on.

By: LauraRosa Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:10:42 +0000 Hello.

Forgot to mention! The advisor from the psyhcology Graduate school told me that it could be more beneficial to get a counceling degree and if I was interested in art therapy i could participate in workshops and seminars, since art therapy is more of a tool. I didnt really have to have a degree in Art therapy in oder to apply art therapy in a session with a client? i would like to hear more about this from everyone out there who is an art therapist, i hope i do not offen anyone by this i am just trying to have a more complete image on how to go about this

By: LauraRosa Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:02:43 +0000 Hello everyone,

I am from Miami FL, I graduated from FIU with my BA in Psychology and a minor in arts. I havee been considering studying art therapy but is has been hard to decide what to do for a Masters between counceling and AT. My fear, as many of you have stated here to be an issue, is the job hunting after such a great investment in the education.

I love art and i enjoy it with a passion the same way i love helping people and the field of psycholoy.

I have notice that in some schools ( not that many, maybe i am not hat great in researching school programs) i have notice that you could get certified as a LMHC with some classes through the AT program without necesarly being part of the LMHC masters.

I wonder if ANY of you know of a school program where you can get certified as an art therapist without necesarly having a masters in art therapy? Meaning, Studying counceling and been able to take the classes necesary for the AT certificaiton.

FSU is one of the schools who offers 4 LMHC courses in the AT program and, if decided, 3 additional classes to be aligable to work towards the FLorida Mental health licencce.

I have looked at NYU but WOW thats would be double the price than at FSU and i am not even sure about a certification as anything else.

If there is any school out there that offers extra clases for ART therapy while doing a different masters? THE HELP WILL BE APRECIATED

By: sara Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:08:23 +0000 Hi, I live in London. In order to study the Art therapy MA, should i do my BA in Fine Art or Psychology(whilst putting together a portfolio). I have done a-levels in art and psychology and am now doing an Art foundation Diploma. THANK YOU!! PLEASE REPLY ASAP!!!! SARA

By: Jessica Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:31:53 +0000 I have felt both the negativity and the passion that has been commented on throughout this discussion. I am currently enrolled in a Master’s program of art therapy and I wish to express the indescribable benefits of being an art therapist. Yes, the job market is extremely tough, but if you have the passion, you will find a way.

At my current internship site, I began an art therapy program. My supervisor is a clinical psychologist who was open to art therapy. Throughout our supervision hours, he has come to truly appreciate the depth of therapy that can be accomplished through the art-making process. My supervisor suggested that I meet with the center director to obtain a job once I graduate.

So yes, it will be very difficult. But the reward greatly outweighs the challenges.

By: Miki Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:37:02 +0000 Hey everyone!

I am almost finished with my BS in art and am really interested in art therapy. I love art, psychology, children, and helping people. I am thinking of attending Marlyhurst in Oregon and gettIng a MA in art therapy. I am really sad to read all the negative comments about art therapy and am really starting to rethink my career choice. I feel kind of lost right now…any advice? Also, how is the job market in Florida? Please send me an email about your experiences or advice! I’d really appreciate it. 🙂

By: JP Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:06:37 +0000 Hi, I was just wondering, I know a lot of schools offer an MA in Art Therapy, which allows you to become licensed as a counselor or/as well as an Art Therapist…

one of the schools I really want to apply to only offers an MPS (Master of Professional Studies)… does anyone know if an MPS in Art Therapy offers this option as well…

I ask as I really want to be a serious Art Therapist, but if the job market is slim I’d also like to be able to work as a counselor until I found an Art Therapy job

By: Joyce Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:18:09 +0000 Hi, everyone!

I have read all comments here, which made me realized that an art therapy career might not be very popular. That’s what concerns me so far.

I am planning to attend John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hills, CA for a second master in MFT, specialized in expressive arts. But, I felt like that I wasted my time studying though out-of-state online university. I have a first Master of Science in general psychology. I was supposed to take instership program but there was none of MFT intership programs for me, I felt like I am too old to start over again.

Is it so worth if I start over again?

I really want to be a registerd art therapist, I found one university, Belmont, California. They told me that I can take post-master of arts in art therapy. I told them that I dont have any prequities for art therapy. They offer that there are prequities available for me before getting in post-master program. So what do you think?

For art therapy career, I want to work with disabled people and veterans of military in the art studio on my own business. So it’s pretty challenge for me. If I own my business for art therapy and growing fast, i would consider to hire some art therapists. However, I cannot predict the future yet.

So, should I go to JFKU to start over again for MFT in expressive arts or go to Norte Dame University to complete post-master?

Hopefully, you can give me some advices.

Thank you!

By: Melissa Tejada Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:15:34 +0000 Hi everyone !

Well i’ve read the comments posted on here, I have to say I’m kind of disappointed because of the job search after getting your degree. I have been really undecided with what to do in the future. What really bothers me is science. Science and I tend to not click together. I love the arts though. I love drawing so much and I love kids. Many have suggested I be a teacher, but that’s not something I really want. I like Art Therapy it grabs my attention, and I also like pediatric Physiotherapy. I guess I would like some reassuring that Art therapy is a good career. That it’s worth all the money and all the time. Most of the comments I read here weren’t so reassuring, and that got me a little too upset. But if anybody has any comments about my little trouble , please feel free to comment/ help me .

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thank you !!

By: Nichole Hall-Permell Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:48:29 +0000 Nancy,
I feel your pain when it comes to deciding whether the degree is worth the time and money. I have a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Florida State University, which I paid approximately $55,000 for out-of-state tuition. Do I feel that the education was worth it? Most Definitely. Is my income comparable to the debt I have acquired? No.

The best advice that I can give you would be to be honest with yourself. If you have no intention of becoming a licensed Art Therapist or in participating to further legislature or research initiatives for the field, this may not be your best option.

Art Therapy is not a cake walk. You spend a significant amount of time validating yourself (with the help of your art therapy friends:) and encouraging others to be art therapy advocates. A 99% internship rate is wonderful, but this is not an employement rate.

As Art Therapists, we often find ourselves having to carve out positions within organizatons that are open to the benefits of Art Therapy. It requires a lot of self-marketing and self-care on our part.

It’s a wonderful career path, if you are willing to putin the work.

Good Luck on your search!!

By: Nancy Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:52:15 +0000 I need some advice. I just finished my BA in psychology and would like to go onto a Maters degree in art therapy and counseling. It is a dual degree because Ohio law does not recognize art therapy as a legitaate therapuetic filed. I am hoping that in the near future this will change. However, after reading all of the post on this site I became very discouraged and wondered if I will be making a big mistake by investing so much time and money into a degree that I may never use. From what I understand, as it stands right now, art therapist have to market themselves. I really need some advice. Should I get a degree in something else? Those of you working in Ohio, what has it been like? The school I would be attending (Ursuline) tells us the market isn’t great out here but the school has a 99% internship rate. Help. What should I do???

By: Angela Ramsey Robinson Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:42:09 +0000 I am sorry to hear so many discouraging comments about working in the field of Art Therapy. Yes. Graduate School is expensive and the economy has been tough for the past few years. I would say, IF it is something a person is really drawn to then they will be one of the passionate fortunate ones to find themselves doing what they love. I have found it to open all kinds of doors. I have had many different facets to my career over the past 17 years, but my foundation as a Master’s level Art Therapist has been key.

If anyone would like to contact me about my unique career path as an Art Therpist and more, you are welcome to do so. Exploredotuzomaatgmaildotcom.