Why Study Art Therapy?

    Explore the mental health and human services professions in a unique minor that combines your interests in psychology and art. Get prepped for art therapy grad programs, and ultimately for work in schools, hospitals, community centers, crisis centers, or with private clients.

    Why Study Art Therapy at MMC?

    The Art Therapy minor introduces students to the basic principles and practices in the field of art therapy. By linking art and psychology, you’ll have new opportunities for personal growth in clinical and educational settings through theoretical and applied for work in small classes. You’ll receive guidance and internship possibilities from a professional art therapist. Use the MMC studios for hands-on projects—great for clinical settings—and benefit from NYC’s rich network of resources.

    What You Will Learn

    • Understand the creative and therapeutic process in art therapy.
    • Demonstrate skills in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, clay, puppetry).
    • Demonstrate knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories.
    • Learn about the role of art-making within therapeutic art treatment through case study reviews.
    • Cultivate personal and professional insight into the use of art experiential processes.


    Department of Art and Art History
    (212) 517-0694

    Carson Hall, 700A

    Art History
    Carson Hall, 704

    Program Highlights

    As part of a small, liberal, creative, and performing arts college in New York City—the premier center for art, design, and museum culture in the United States—students take full advantage of the professional opportunities in the metropolitan area through internships in galleries, auction houses, design studios, advertising agencies, publishing houses, and many other businesses.
    MMC provides students with a unique approach to the study of Art. Small class sizes and individual attention from faculty foster close academic interactions and encourage students to achieve their creative and scholarly goals.  Students work with able and committed professionals who stress individual and innovative instruction.
    Hewitt Gallery
    The resources of the Art and Art History Department include a full studio environment accommodating painting, drawing, and printmaking; professional ceramics and photography labs; a Macintosh design lab inclusive of a full suite of print, web, and 3-D animation design software; a recently upgraded Art History teaching environment; and a professional art gallery.

    Careers and Outcomes

    Job Titles

    • Art Therapist
    • Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Creative Arts Therapist


    • Inspīr Senior Living
    • Montefiore Wellness Center at Melrose
    • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
    • RiverSpring Living

    The Hewitt Gallery of Art 

    The Hewitt Gallery of Art showcases student artwork and is a venue for professional artists to exhibit their work, providing MMC students with the experience of meeting and connecting to the urban art community. Students gain firsthand experience in organizing and curating exhibits with the gallery director and guest professionals. Faculty and students often discuss the exhibitions in courses.

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