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Art Therapy, B.Sc.

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    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. 


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

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    On rolling admissions

    3 Intakes per year

    • August
    • January
    • May
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • 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

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Students must visit our website and upload academic transcripts (including completion certificate, if available) along with English proficiency score (if available)
  • When applying, students will need to submit academic transcripts.
  • Students may need to submit one to three recommendations from teachers, professors, colleagues, or supervisors.
  • Students may need to write a written personal statement, submit a portfolio, or supply writing samples.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 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.


  • Lesley Global Academic Advantage: 6,000 - 20,000 USD
  • Apply by: First come, first served
  • Eligibility:  Will be determined upon receiving application

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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