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Art Therapy Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Merging Visual Art and Psychology with Helping People

Painting of three stylized people against a colorful abstract backgroundThe art therapy minor at SUNY Plattsburgh offers students in art or psychology the competitive edge for acceptance in a master’s level graduate program in art therapy.

Through a sequence of two specially developed courses, Introduction to Art Therapy and a capstone course, you can gain the knowledge and hands-on experience graduate schools are looking for.

The art therapy minor is open to all students.

The courses for art students have a psychology emphasis (Art Therapy Minor for Art Majors and Art: Studio Minors); courses for students studying psychology have an art emphasis (Art Therapy Minor for Psychology Majors or Minors). This minor is also a great complement to many other majors and minors.

Students are encouraged to speak to the art therapy minor coordinator Rick Mikkelson (Art Department) to guide course selection based on their current or intended curriculum.

Course Sequence

Introduction to Art Therapy (ART325) is the prerequisite course for the capstone art therapy course. Students who are interested in declaring a minor in art therapy need to be mindful of when these courses are offered, as they are only offered during certain semesters. It is strongly recommended that students declare the minor no later than the first semester of the junior year in order to ensure availability of the two courses before graduation.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about art therapy at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Rick Mikkelson, Coordinator
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Art
Office: Myers Fine Arts 209
Phone: (518) 564-2464