Art Therapy & Counseling Program Curriculum

Students working in ATC studioThe educational format of the EVMS Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program is didactic, introspective and experiential, integrating psychodynamic concepts with humanistic and family systems approaches.‌

  • Students learn various theories and are then encouraged to develop their own theoretical approach to the practice of art therapy.
  • Coursework, internship, an‌d weekly individual and group art therapy supervision develop the students' knowledge and clinical skills.
  • The program provides training in research, culminating in the completion of a master's thesis.
  • While the core curriculum has a mental health focus, other non-clinical areas of emphasis are offered.
  • Personal art making is required across the curriculum in a variety of assignments, including visual journaling.

‌In the process of becoming art therapists, students integrate theoretical knowledge and art techniques acquired in the classroom and supervised experience obtained in internship placements at participating agencies.

  • Fully-stocked, 2,000 square foot art-making studio is conveniently located on campus to students around the clock.
  • Internships provide students with three semesters (child, adolescent and adult) of hands-on experience in a variety of settings throughout Hampton Roads.