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Art Therapy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
The professional major in Art Therapy offered by Lesley University is designed for students interested in using visual art modalities in working with adults and children in a variety of settings. 
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The Art Therapy program offered by Lesley University prepares students for entry-level positions in a number of human services settings, such as social service agencies, childcare programs or specialized school programs, and other community settings. It is also designed to prepare students for entry into a professional Master's degree program in Art Therapy and/or Expressive Art Therapies. This major combines pre-professional courses in the human services with substantial coursework in psychology and art. Students will complete over 400 hours in the field.  

To successfully meet the requirements of the Art Therapy major, students will:

  • develop values that integrate the identity of a visual artist and that of a helping professional.
  • integrate the concepts of art therapy within a context of the helping profession, through engagement in experiential learning.
  • be able to critically analyze social science research to enhance their development within the field of art therapy.
  • demonstrate an understanding of normal and abnormal psychological development.
  • display a capacity to utilize multicultural perspectives in their approach to understanding art therapy practice.


The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue this area of study. Common job titles for people with bachelor's degrees in art therapy include:
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Activity Therapist
  • Creative Therapist
  • Art Therapist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Mental Health Specialist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling admission after the deadline.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Principles of Art Therapy
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Art Therapy with Specific Populations
  • Studio-Based Art Therapy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Official SAT/ACT test scores (without essay) will be required for applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for applicants to both undergraduate colleges
  • Students applying to BFA programs in the College of Art and Design must also submit a digital portfolio of 12-20 pieces.
  • If you are dually enrolled in college coursework or simply taking some college level classes, you may submit official college transcripts electronically through a variety of secure sites such as, but not limited to; Parchment, Credential Solutions, E-Scrip Safe, Clearinghouse, Naviance/Common Application, JST Services

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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