School of Adult and Graduate Education
Our distinctive studio-based program—now with both on-campus and low-residency options—primes you for a career that incorporates a passion for art with a compassion for people.
The first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, Cedar Crest’s Master of Art in Art Therapy (MAAT) program educates students on the theories and applications of art media that facilitate emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth and transformation.
The Cedar Crest College M.A. in Art Therapy program is committed to an arts-based learning process that provides students with opportunities to:
The goal of the MAAT program is to prepare competent entry-level Art Therapists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
To develop clinicians and leaders in art therapy through the scholarship of the theories and practices that foster emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth.
The program prepares students for the sensitive task of addressing emotional, psychological, and social issues with clients.
The aim of the curriculum is to balance clinical and research skill development with self-examination
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy program is comprised of 60 credits.
The on-campus MAAT program may be completed in no less than two years (five semesters, full-time). Part-time options are available; as a part-time student, program length is dependent on the plan of study and course load.
Students now have the option to enroll in a low-residency track, which may be completed in three years. The low-residency option enables students to maintain their work and family commitments during the year with distance education.
Low-residency students come together for two weeks over the summer for the hands-on learning needed for the in-person craft of art therapy, guided by professors who are innovative and experienced professionals in the field. The two-week residencies will take place in late July or early August.
You may be eligible for a discount on tuition if your employer is a partner in our Pathways to Professional Excellence program.