Creative Arts Therapies are Universal

Integrating psychology and the arts, our art therapy degree program offers learning opportunities with people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them find and maintain mind/body solutions.


With concentrations in Visual Art, Music, Dance and Theatre, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from to customize your art therapy degree. In this Troy-based program, there is equal focus on the arts, psychological theory and practical clinical skills such as interviewing. Learn to be a clinician through countless opportunities for hands-on integrative experiences.


Art therapy program faculty have years of experience, and continue to work directly in the field, which allows them to share real-life practices in the classroom.

This provides students with access to up-to-date professional guidelines,  real-world scenarios and networking opportunities for internship placements and employment. 

Program Distinctions

As an art therapy major, you’ll gain direct, hands-on professional experience — more than in most undergraduate programs. You’ll complete two practicums and a senior internship, providing you training with many different populations. This allows you to make a choice about the future of your career with a better understanding of what the field is like.

Articulation Agreements

Sage has developed partnership agreements with several two-year colleges to guarantee admission to the Creative Arts in Therapy program for qualified students. Russell Sage College has articulation agreements with:

“The Capital Region offers tremendous opportunities for internship placements …”

Leigh Davies
Associate Professor, Creative Arts in Therapy
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Your Future

Go right into the workforce after completing your undergraduate art therapy degree, or continue your education in a graduate program to specialize in one area. With this degree, the options are endless.

Careers with an Art Therapy Degree

As a graduate of our Creative Arts in Therapy program, you’ll be prepared to study:

  • art, dance, music or theatre therapy
  • social work
  • counseling
  • psychology
  • art education

A graduate degree is required in order to be licensed in many of these areas, however there are also jobs available without a graduate degree. Art Therapy majors have worked as an activities director, early childhood worker, family support worker, volunteer coordinator, arts specialist and addiction support counselor. 

Graduate Studies

By completing this Creative Arts in Therapy program, you’ll have the skills needed to succeed in graduate school and become licensed in the area of your choice. Many art therapy majors continue on to Sage’s Occupational Therapy program, or  pursue a degree in counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis, social work, child life, art, music, dance or drama therapy — or even certification in psychodrama. 

Learning Experience

Professors in this program are committed to helping students learn to approach the world through a lens of wellness, contribution and creativity. Meditation, solution-focused therapy and positive psychology are some of the influences explored.

Real-World Experience

You’ll have many opportunities to work hands-on in this program, especially through practicum courses and the senior-integrated experience. Professors will match you with an internship based on what you’re interested in studying. 


Art therapy majors have interned at Albany Medical Center, Parsons Child and Family Center, Ellis Hospital, St. Anne Institute, Wildwood, The Eddy, Albany County Jail, public schools and many other locations.


They have gone on to pursue law degrees, Occupational Therapy degrees, to work in higher education, to become doulas, activities directors, recreation therapists, social workers, Creative Arts Therapists and art teachers. 

Program Objectives

As an art therapy major, you’ll learn how to work with diverse populations to help them access the creative resources needed to reach their goals. 

The goals of the program are to prepare you to:

  • enter the workforce with the understanding and skill set to work with people with diverse needs, resources and goals
  • continue your studies in graduate school and become licensed in a variety of fields

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