Study Art Therapy

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.

A Customized Art Therapy Degree 

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 program, there is equal focus on the arts, psychological theory and practical clinical skills such as interviewing. 

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 an internship, providing you training with many different populations. This allows you to make career decisions with a better understanding of what the field is like.

Opportunities for Transfer Students

Sage has articulation 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
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Careers with an Art Therapy Degree

Graduates of Russell Sage College’s Art Therapy degree program are working at a behavioral health center serving at-risk children, as social workers and as art therapists and licensed mental health counselors in private and group practices.

Graduate Studies with an Art Therapy Degree

Many graduates of Russell Sage College’s Creative Arts in Therapy program pursue graduate programs and professional licensure in art, dance, music or theatre therapy; social work; counseling; and art education.

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology program at Russell Sage College is the next step for Art Therapy majors who want to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors.



An Art Therapy degree is also excellent preparation for:

Recent Sage graduates have also been accepted to social work and art therapy master’s programs at the University at Albany, Howard University and Sarah Lawrence College.



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.



Program Objectives

The goals of our Art Therapy degree 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

Next steps?

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