Art Therapy Student Program

Art Therapy training opportunities exist for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate candidates must be enrolled in an art therapy certificate program or be pursuing a major with a concentration in art therapy. Graduate candidates must be enrolled in an American Art Therapy Association (AATA)-approved graduate Art Therapy program.

Application is not a guarantee of acceptance. A limited number of students will be accepted each year as space allows.

Program requirements

All applicants must demonstrate:

  • A strong background in child development
  • A strong background in the application of art therapy in child development
  • Knowledge of psychosocial issues related to illness and hospitalization
  • Student or work experience with children (experience with hospitalized children and/or children with special health needs strongly preferred)


To apply to the Art Therapy Student Program, please download the appropriate application below.

Additional information

  • The Art Therapy Student Program will not lead to a certification as an art therapist. Certification requirements differ based on a number of variables. Please visit the American Art Therapy Association  and Art Therapy Credentials Board websites for more information on certification eligibility requirements.
  • The Art Therapy Student Program does not currently accept volunteers. Contact the Volunteer Department to explore other opportunities for volunteering at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Contact us

For more information about the Art Therapy Student Program, please contact the Child Life, Education & Creative Arts Therapy Department at 215-590-2001 or e-mail

Reviewed on April 14, 2014