Doctor of Philosophy in Art Therapy (PhD)

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Course Details

  • Course ID: 2108

  • Added: September 13, 2022

  • Tuition Fee: Fair

  • Country: United States

  • State: California

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Dominican University of California

Degree Type


Name of Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Art Therapy (PhD)

About the Program

Dominican University of California offers an intimate on-campus learning environment to train Art Therapists as researchers, educators, practitioners, and leaders in their field.
As one of only two PhD Art Therapy programs in the country, Dominican’s PhD Art Therapy Program attracts a diverse student body from throughout the United States and overseas. Graduates are contributing to the local, national, and international development and recognition of the profession, and are leaders in advancing the theoretical, research, and clinical foundations of Art Therapy.

Ideal art therapy PhD students are interested in being stewards in the field of art therapy. Candidates are interested in generating new knowledge in the field, as well as developing a deeper knowledge of the integration of science and art. Art Therapy PhD students may be interested in research, teaching in art therapy programs, and supervising or mentoring future art therapists. They are practitioners in the field of art therapy or one from the allied fields who have previous training in art therapy, psychology, and art and advanced degrees in fields that include psychology, counseling, social work, and art.

The Art Therapy Program at Dominican has been granted WSCUC approval by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

PhD Art Therapy Program Highlights
Close relationship with professional organizations such as the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Training
Advisory Council of Agency Supervisors
A vibrant network of Dominican Art Therapy alumni
Training for clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the field
Small classes and individual faculty advising.

Application requirement

Students may apply to enter the PhD in Art Therapy for the fall semester, every other year and should meet the following requirements:

(Students need to have met all or most all of the academic requirements to become an ATR.)

  • Master’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required to apply to the Art Therapy PhD program.
  • Completion of 18 semester units in studio art (including drawing, painting & clay) and 12 units in psychology (general psychology, abnormal psychology, lifespan development, and personality psychology).
  • Completed application for admission
  • Two letters of recommendation, professional or academic.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with one transcript showing a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or equivalent academic preparation outside of the U.S. Find complete instructions on how to submit your transcripts to Dominican here.
  • Portfolio of original artwork to demonstrate competence with a range of art materials; 10-12 JPEG images are preferred.
  • An autobiographical statement, generally, three to four pages.
  • Application to apply courses to Dominican’s prerequisites. 
  • In-person or preliminary online interview
  • Published article or scholarly academic writing (the scholarly writing can include a masters thesis)
  • Resume 

Application Deadline

The PhD in Art Therapy is a full-time program, with cohorts beginning every other fall. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.

Application Deadlines:
June 1, 2021 (2023, 2025, 2027 etc.)

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