Art Therapy Schools & Programs in California

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Below is a list of graduate and undergraduate schools and programs in California. If you know of any schools or programs that should be added to the list, please leave a comment below. We’ll check out the school and add them to the list if appropriate.

Graduate Art Therapy Schools & Programs in California

Other Graduate Degree Programs Related to Art Therapy

(800) 696-5358 Pleasant Hill Campus and Berkeley Campuses

The Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology – specialization in Expressive Arts, offered at JFK University’s Campbell campus, integrates the creative process into the academic learning and applied practice of counseling psychology. This degree program prepares individuals for a wide range of employment opportunities currently as art-based therapies are commonly used in community mental health, agency and private practice settings. Looking ahead, the opportunities will increase as there is a growing demand for therapists with these skills at nursing facilities, hospitals, convalescent facilities, and recovery centers (both substance abuse and medical) and for veteran care as the power and potential of this therapeutic process is more fully appreciated and incorporated.

Contact: Suzanne Lovell, PhD, ATR-BC, Program Coordinator

Phone: 707-539-9245, Psychology Department

Address: 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609


Degree: Masters of Arts (MA) in Psychology, Art Therapy Emphasis.

San Diego, CA

Expressive Arts Institute

The following was suggested to us by Judith Essex via the comments, and we thought it was worth adding to the list for those interested.

Contact: Judith Greer Essex PhD

Phone: (619) 239-1713

Address: 2820 Roosevelt Road, Suite 204, SD, CA 92106


Available Degrees, Programs and Courses:

  • Continuing Education
  • Professional Certificate
  • EGS Master’s Program
  • EGS Ph.D. Program
  • Arts Based Therapy
  • Corporate Consulting

Service to Students: Our mission is to provide an educational experience of unparalleled quality to each student. Our programs provide the thorough academic grounding needed for professional success, with an emphasis on experiential learning and exploration through studio work, classes and workshops.Through shared art-making, students and faculty form a learning community deeply rooted in the body, senses and imagination. Students become disciplined in phenomenology: the practice of paying attention to what is present and authentic. The Institute provides a safe, challenging and nurturing atmosphere for personal and professional growth.

Service to the Community: Those seeking a profession in Expressive Arts Therapy will find our courses provide a firm grounding in the skills needed to facilitate the healing of individuals and communities through the creative process. Graduate students are encouraged to use their expressive arts training to benefit the communities in which they live and work on an ongoing basis.

Service to the Field: We also take seriously our mission

to graduate students who will contribute to the scholarship and philosophy of the field of expressive arts through their work and research.

Undergraduate Art Therapy Schools & Programs in California

We’re always looking for schools & programs to add. Do you know of any undergraduate art therapy schools or programs in California? Add them to the comments below.

San Francisco, CA

California Institute of Integral Studies

Contact: Jana Krezo

Phone: (415) 575-6246

Degree: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy


Thanks for the great site! I am a Certified Creative Journal Expressive Arts facilitator as well as Certified Visioning(R) Life coach.

I received both certifications through a program designed by Lucia Capacchione, PhD, ATR and REAT.

The first program is a year long program where you attend to week long intensives and the Visioning(R) coach training is a 6 month program. if interested.


Thanks Dorothy. And I very much enjoyed your site!

Hello! Thank you for your excellent blog. Just FYI: in San Diego the Expressive Arts Institute offers course work leading to a master’s degree (in conjunction with the European Graduate School in Swizterland) or training and education for those with a California license which qualifies people to gain the REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapists) from IEATA (the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association). We are intermodal; that is, teach dance, drama, music, poetry and visual arts in an integrated way. Our program is 12 years old. Small, but potent! If you Google us, you will finds all our contact info on our web site – or you can email me for it if you would like to add us to your list. It isn’t exactly “art therapy” but closely related! Cheers! Judith

UC San Diego has a post Master’s certificate in Therapeutic Uses of Art. It is located at the Extension campus in La Jolla

I am looking for research on intermodal expressive arts: the how, why, when, this is considered when we choose particular modalities in working with groups. I’ve spoken with Shaun McNiff and he does not know of any.

Hello, I would like to asked if there’s one in East Bay area. Im from Richmond CA. I’m interested to take classes to become an Art therapist.

I want to be an Art Therapist when I grow up. I am just graduating from CSUBakersfield with my BA in Psychology and am searching for a school that I can ultimately do both a MA in Psych and art therapy, however, my travel allowance is very slim. Is there a way to take my MA online and the Art Therapy at the same time.

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