There are a variety of online programs for students who want to work toward an art therapy degree without disrupting their lives. But prospective students should choose carefully. Not all online programs are accredited or meet the requirements for licensing by the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board. If you don't require an accredited program, you have even more options in finding a program that fits your busy schedule.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and meets all licensing requirements. The majority of its Master of Arts in Art Therapy program is online, with limited on-campus residency requirements mostly during summers. The program includes 48 semester credit hours, and students can arrange internship hours with a therapist near their home.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876-0067 812-535-5151
International University of Professional Studies
The Expressive Arts Therapy program from the International University of Professional Studies does not claim to be accredited but it does offer a lot of flexibility. Students work with a mentor to earn credits for a master's or doctorate degree by taking classes at colleges near their home, attending conferences or by reading books and submitting papers. Students can even design their own electives.
International University of Professional Studies PO Box 236 Makawao, Maui, HI 96768 800-806-0317 iups.edu
If you already have your license as an art therapist you might want to consider the online Ph.D. program in expressive therapies at Lesley University. This is a hybrid program with most of the classes being held online, and three short-term summer residencies. This accredited 45-credit program offers students the ability to become scholarly researchers or administrators in the field.
Lesley University 29 Everett Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-868-9600 lesley.edu
Lori Karnac is a librarian, researcher and professor who has done academic research and writing since 1990. Karnac has written for the Key West Arts blog and "Artlurker" in Miami. She has a Master of Arts in library and information sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, and teaches academic research, art and design classes.