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Art therapy uses the creative process in artistic self-expression to enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.

In Emmanuel’s art therapy program, you will develop the artistic and evaluative skills needed to help individuals increase insight, develop interpersonal skills and coping mechanisms, manage behavior, reduce stress and increase self-esteem and self-awareness. Our Boston location affords students unmatched internship opportunities to work in non-clinical settings, as well as at such institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, just to name a few.

A First-Class Experience

Get to know the people and programs that will define your academic journey.

Meet the Faculty

Our distinguished faculty publish, exhibit and research. Present, compose and chair. Inspire and collaborate.

The Curriculum

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Pre-Professional Program in Art Therapy:

Studio Art:

  • ART1401 Drawing I (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART1407 Visual Language for Design and Communications (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART2403 Design and Composition
  • ART2433 3D Form Studies (AI-A)(VCI)
  • ART2451 Ceramics I (AI-A) (VCI)
  • ART3101 Painting 

Art Therapy:

  • ART2301 Introduction to Art Therapy
  • ART3302 Principles of Art Therapy


  • PSYCH1501 General Psychology (SA) (SS)
  • PSYCH1503 Lifespan Development 
  • PSYCH3601 Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathology OR
  • PSYCH3212 Adult Psychopathology
  • One additional psychology class at the 2000 or 3000 level


  •  PSYCH4494/PSYCH4495 Applied Internship I and II

Upon completion of the art therapy program, students will:

  • Acquire an awareness of the history of art therapy
  • Learn about the origins of art therapy, including its founders and current trends and developments in the field
  • Gain introductory skills in treatment planning and assessment by increasing familiarity with the tools and techniques of art therapy
  • Begin to formulate an identity as an art therapist and learn the roles played in the field through classroom discussions, projects and practicum placements
Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Where Essential Values and Skills Meet the Real World

Along with areas of knowledge and major requirements, you will cultivate essential values in the classroom and complete two courses in each area:

  • Social Justice (SJ): Develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to participate beneficially in activities of personal and public concern.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism (DM): Understand the complexity of identity the historical truths of different cultural perspectives to address bias and examine contemporary social issues. 

One hundred percent of Emmanuel students complete an internship as part of the core curriculum. In a city as dynamic as Boston, your options are bound only by the limits of your curiosity.

Students from the Art Department intern at nearby cultural organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, in graphic, product and user experience design at top companies such as Converse, 47 Brands, PUMA and area design agencies, and in art therapy departments at area medical institutions.

In all majors, the Capstone Experience involves completing a significant piece of work that requires the integration and application of learning from multiple courses.

In addition to their senior thesis, which explores topics ranging from user experience in app development, issues in two- and three-dimensional design or standard practice in the field of art therapy, art majors must also take part in the senior exhibition, in which their work is presented to a panel of art faculty.