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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 minors at SUNY Plattsburgh offer students majoring or minoring in art or psychology the competitive edge for acceptance in a master’s level graduate program in art therapy.

The art therapy minor is open to all students but preparation for graduate programs requires a combination of art and psychology courses. The Art Therapy Minor for art students is primarily psychology courses and the Art Therapy Minor for psychology students is primarily art courses. Both art therapy minors include two specially developed courses, Introduction to Art Therapy and Art Therapy With Special Populations. Through the planned combination of courses in art, psychology and art therapy, students can gain the knowledge and hands-on experience graduate schools are looking for. Students intending a career in art therapy are advised to combine the minor in art therapy with the appropriate major or minor, or to complete both art therapy 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

Students who are interested in declaring a minor in art therapy need to be mindful of when the art therapy courses are offered. ART 327 is offered every third semester; ART 325 is offered each semester between ART 327 offerings when there is sufficient demand. 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.

Projected offering of Art 327 is: fall 2017, spring 2019, fall 2020.


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
Email: [email protected]