Below is a list of graduate and undergraduate schools and programs in California. If you know of any schools or programs that should be added to the list, please leave a comment below. We’ll check out the school and add them to the list if appropriate.
Graduate Art Therapy Schools & Programs in California
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University
Contact: Debra Linesch, PhD, ATR-BC, Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy
Address: 1 LMU Drive, Suite 2518, Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Degree: Masters of Arts (MA) in Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy Modality.
Notre Dame de Namur University
Contact: Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC, Department Chair, Art Therapy Program
Address: 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002
Degree: Masters of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Phillips Graduate Institute
Contact: Erin King-West – Director of Art Therapy and Core Faculty
Address: 19900 Plummer St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
Web: http://www.laiat.com, http://www.pgi.edu
Degree: Masters of Arts (MA) in Psychology with a major in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy.
Other Graduate Degree Programs Related to Art Therapy
Pleasant Hill / San Jose, CA
John F. Kennedy University
Contact Info for Admissions:
(800) 696-5358 Pleasant Hill Campus and Berkeley Campuses
(800) 868-2359 Campbell Campus and Santa Cruz Satellite Location
Address: 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817
Degree: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program – Holistic
**Note: They also have an Expressive Arts Certificate program
The Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology – specialization in Expressive Arts, offered at JFK University’s Campbell campus, integrates the creative process into the academic learning and applied practice of counseling psychology. This degree program prepares individuals for a wide range of employment opportunities currently as art-based therapies are commonly used in community mental health, agency and private practice settings. Looking ahead, the opportunities will increase as there is a growing demand for therapists with these skills at nursing facilities, hospitals, convalescent facilities, and recovery centers (both substance abuse and medical) and for veteran care as the power and potential of this therapeutic process is more fully appreciated and incorporated.
Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University
Contact: Graduate Administrative CoordinatorUpdate: This program doesn’t appear to be available.
Contact: Suzanne Lovell, PhD, ATR-BC, Program Coordinator
Phone: 707-539-9245, Psychology Department
Address: 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Degree: Masters of Arts (MA) in Psychology, Art Therapy Emphasis.
San Diego, CA
Expressive Arts Institute
The following was suggested to us by Judith Essex via the comments, and we thought it was worth adding to the list for those interested.
Contact: Judith Greer Essex PhD
Phone: (619) 239-1713
Address: 2820 Roosevelt Road, Suite 204, SD, CA 92106
Available Degrees, Programs and Courses:
- Continuing Education
- Professional Certificate
- EGS Master’s Program
- EGS Ph.D. Program
- Arts Based Therapy
- Corporate Consulting
Service to Students: Our mission is to provide an educational experience of unparalleled quality to each student. Our programs provide the thorough academic grounding needed for professional success, with an emphasis on experiential learning and exploration through studio work, classes and workshops.Through shared art-making, students and faculty form a learning community deeply rooted in the body, senses and imagination. Students become disciplined in phenomenology: the practice of paying attention to what is present and authentic. The Institute provides a safe, challenging and nurturing atmosphere for personal and professional growth.
Service to the Community: Those seeking a profession in Expressive Arts Therapy will find our courses provide a firm grounding in the skills needed to facilitate the healing of individuals and communities through the creative process. Graduate students are encouraged to use their expressive arts training to benefit the communities in which they live and work on an ongoing basis.
Service to the Field: We also take seriously our mission to graduate students who will contribute to the scholarship and philosophy of the field of expressive arts through their work and research.
Undergraduate Art Therapy Schools & Programs in California
We’re always looking for schools & programs to add. Do you know of any undergraduate art therapy schools or programs in California? Add them to the comments below.
San Francisco, CA
California Institute of Integral Studies
Contact: Jana Krezo
Phone: (415) 575-6246
Address: 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
More information here
Degree: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy
The master of arts program in Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) was established in 1996 upon the foundation of a existing certificate program. The EXA program offers students the opportunity to develop expressive arts skills across a range of media, to gain proficiency in the theories and practices of counseling and psychotherapy, and to meet the California state requirements for licensure. Our faculty includes seasoned educators and expressive arts practitioners, many who are considered leaders in the field both nationally and internationally.