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.
Faculty in this program have years of experience, and continue to work directly in the field, allowing 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.
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.
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:
- Herkimer County Community College – Human Services
- Herkimer County Community College – Arts Studies
- Hudson Valley Community College – Human Services
- Clinton County Community College – Fine Arts
- Clinton County Community College – Humanities & Social Sciences
- Sullivan County Community College – Human Services (Track I)
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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.
As a graduate of this program, you’ll be prepared to study:
- art, dance, music or theatre therapy
- social work
- 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. Graduates of the program have worked as an activities director, early childhood worker, family support worker, volunteer coordinator, arts specialist and addiction support counselor.
By completing this program, you’ll have the skills needed to tackle graduate school and become licensed in the area of your choice. Many art therapy majors continue on to our Occupational Therapy program, or to pursue a degree in counseling, applied behavior analysis, social work, child life, art, music, dance or drama therapy — or even certification in psychodrama.