Programs in Creative Arts Therapy School of Art Pratt Institute

Programs in Creative Arts Therapy School of Art Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $31,584
average amount to complete degree
January 5
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Specialized Training for Creative Therapy in Art and Movement

The Creative Arts Therapy Department at Pratt Institute was established in 1970, making it one of the first and oldest graduate art therapy programs in the United States. Pratt Institute offers 3 specialized degrees and a distance education program to prepare students for future careers as registered art and dance therapists.

All of Pratt Institute's creative arts therapy programs take 2 years to complete and emphasize field training and internships. The flexible degrees train students to work with a variety of patient populations in a range of clinical settings, and can be tailored to each student's professional career goals. Currently, graduates of the Creative Arts Therapy Department work in fields such as psychiatric clinical environments, after-school programs, medical rehabilitation centers, and substance abuse programs.

All art therapy programs at Pratt Institute are approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Coursework is automatically accepted by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), aiding students who wish to become registered art therapists.

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A Professional Program for Careers in Art Therapy

The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Creative Arts Therapy focuses heavily on theory, balanced by hands-on art therapy techniques. All coursework incorporates an element of art or movement technique. Through seminars and workshops, students are taught how to use artistic expression therapeutically while working in individual and small group settings. Structured classes in clinical diagnoses, treatment issues, and personality development are required.

All students are required to complete 2 years of field experience and internships working with different patient populations, including adults, children, and adolescents. The internship allows students to tailor the degree to their personal interests. Past student internships include using art as therapy to assist sexual abuse, physical abuse, homeless, AIDS, and eating disorder patients.

Most applicants have bachelor's degrees in studio art or psychology. In order to be accepted to the art therapy program, students must have previous undergraduate coursework in both studio art and psychology.

Dance and Movement as Therapy in a Unique Master of Science Program

In the Master of Science (M.S.) in Dance/Movement Therapy program, students take specialized courses in dance practice and theory, improvisation, and movement. Students also take courses in clinical diagnosis, personality development, and behavior, focusing on how dance and movement can be used therapeutically. The program's required internships allow students to work with a variety of patient populations in both group and individual settings.

This program is certified by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), so all graduates receive a registered dance therapist (DTR) certification. If students wish, they can apply for registration with the Academy of Dance Therapists, which allows students to teach private practice dance therapy after graduation.

Applicants must have previous coursework in psychology and advanced training in modern dance and one other form of dance in order to be accepted to the dance therapy program. A written summary of previous dance experience is required along with application materials.

Professional Degree for Special Needs Art Therapy

The Pratt Creative Arts Therapy Department offers a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) degree in Art Therapy with Special Needs Children. The degree is aimed at training current art therapists who are interested in becoming clinical therapists in the special needs education field.

Coursework for this degree is generally the same as other degrees in the Creative Arts Therapy Department: The degree combines art and movement techniques with clinical coursework. The major difference between this and the other programs is that students must complete their required internships working with special needs education populations. Students who complete the M.P.S. Art Therapy Special Needs program do not receive a teaching certificate, but may apply for certification outside of the program.

Distance Education in Art and Movement Therapy

Students may elect to take any of Pratt Institute's creative arts therapy programs through a distance education model. The distance program does require that students attend classes at the Pratt Institute campus in Brooklyn for one week in the spring and summer. Additionally, students are required to take 3 weeks of summer courses in New Hampshire, where students lead art and movement groups for community children.

Coursework and internships can be completed in students' home cities, making it possible for students to earn their degrees without relocating or interrupting employment. All distance education programs in art, dance/movement, and special needs education therapy can be completed in 2 years.

Pratt Institute: In the Heart of Brooklyn

Pratt Institute is a private arts college and a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). The 25-acre campus is located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, with two satellite campuses in Manhattan and Utica. The Creative Arts Therapy Department is housed in the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design, where students have access to Pratt's cutting-edge art studios and technology.

About 1,400 graduate students attend classes at Pratt's bustling Brooklyn campus. Art museums, theaters, restaurants, and boutiques dot the historic neighborhood. Manhattan, the center of New York City living, is just a short train ride away.

Location & Contact

Programs in Creative Arts Therapy

School of Art
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Dina Schapiro

Assistant Chairperson

Phone: 718-399-4267
Fax: 718-636-3597

Ms. Natalie Capannelli

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3551
Fax: 718-399-4242

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Art Therapy And Creativity Development Master of Professional Studies (MPS) [Art Therapy ]
    • Dance/Movement Therapy Master of Science (MS) [Dance Therapy ]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 47
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


57% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 149
    • Accepted 86
    • Acceptance Rate 57
    • Enrolled 44
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesletters of recommendation, portfolio
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$31,584
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students109
    • Female Percentage99%
    • Male Percentage1%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students109
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino13%
    • Black / African American16%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student6%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty25
    • Full-time Percentage12%
    • Part-time Percentage88%
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPsychology and aesthetic interaction, art therapy and AIDS, art therapy and autism, art diagnosis
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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