Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2018


SVA MPS Art Therapy is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018!


SVA’s Master of Professional Studies MPS in Art Therapy is an immersive two-year, 60-credit program that prepares students to become licensed art therapists.  MPS Art Therapy is interdisciplinary in approach, integrating the experiential components of art therapy within a comprehensive framework of academic theory, clinical application via an internship program and art practice.  In addition to the coursework and internship components, we offer a robust program of lectures, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and special projects, as well as opportunities for international study and studio time.  We seek out a diverse group of students as far as age, cultural background, and work experience, offering scholarships, part-time options and a flexible approach to make the program a possibility for students in a variety of circumstances.

Please see the online application for more information.

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SAVE THE DATE: Community Lecture Series: Art Therapy at Sing Sing Prison, January 19, 2018


SVA MPS Art Therapy invites you to join us for our first Community Lecture Series event of the 2018 Spring semester: Art Therapy at Sing Sing Prison

January 19, 2018

133 West 21st Street, Room 101C


Free and open to the public!

Register online in advance

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Child Art Development Children’s Books Show

Anyone interested in viewing the Child Art Development Children’s Books show

please contact [email protected] to arrange an appointment!

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Reminder: Collective Craftivism Workshop, Saturday December 9


Collective Craftivism Workshop will take place this Saturday, December 9, 2017

 11am-2pm, 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Gallery.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

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Community Lecture Series: Concepts of Art and Play Therapy with Children Using Diverse Communication, Friday, December 8, 2017

SVA MPS Art Therapy invites you to join us for the final Community Lecture Series event of the Fall 2017 Semester!

Concepts of Art and Play Therapy with Children Using Diverse Communication

Presenter: Sarah Valeri, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:30pm-8pm

133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Please RSVP in advance!

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Collective Craftivism: Saturday, December 9, 11am-2pm

Craftivism: a tool for social change that uses creativity, mindfulness and love to create a more conscious and just world.

Come join us in the power of collective crafting. Craftivism is for everyone!

Materials provided.

December 9, 11am-2pm

MPS Art Therapy Department
5th Floor Gallery Space
132 West 21 Street

Facilitated by Ayde Rayas, ATR-BC, LCAT 

  • The objective for the Collective Craftivism Workshop is primarily to give people a voice and a space for reflection. Craftivism can raise awareness of current political issues.
  • Through gathering around the theme of crafting and activism people can share stories and connect through planning collaborative artistic actions.
  • The unhurried process of embroidery and the use of colored pencils gives the participants an opportunity to meditate on their words and images with intention and mindfulness. The act of making and wearing political buttons is a way to share ones message with others.

Free and open to the public, please RSVP to [email protected] or 212.592.2610

Posted in Alumni, Art, art galleries, Galleries, Professional Development, Special Programs and Projects, Students, Workshops

Community Lecture Series: Seeing the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous Through the Lens of Attachment Theory, Friday, November 17

Join us for our next Community Lecture Series:

Seeing the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous Through the Lens of Attachment Theory

Friday, November 17, 2017


133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Free and Open to the Public!


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Good Art: Bad City, Opening Reception

In Good Art: Bad City, the youth of Artistic Noise worked together with MPS art therapy students Michal Assif, Kayley Giorgini, Mary Santivanez, Jennifer James, Arielle Edelheit, Artistic Noise staff Francesca DiBiaso, MPS, LP, Nic Holiber, MFA and art therapy supervisor Liz DelliCarpini, ATR-BC, LCAT to organize this event.

Good Art: Bad City is on view until November 30 at 132 West 21st Street, 5th Floor Studio. Please contact [email protected] or 212.592.2610 for more information.

At the opening reception of “Good Art: Bad City” on Friday, November 10, the youth of Artistic Noise invited the public to participate in a collaborative event.


Gennesis offers inspiration through her art: “This mural is for all the young black folks who always felt like they would not amount to nothing but need to remember to keep an open mind.” Here, participants work with her to create this open mind.

Samantha works together with a team to bring her vision to life: “I feel like the girl in the painting represents trapped voices in our youth as air pressure in a balloon.”

Bishop directs participants to paint in his representation of raper Capital Steez. He says, “When people look at my work I want them to feel as though the knew Capital Steez, or at least give insight into a part of his life.”

Eli explains to participants that his mural represents the struggle between good and evil.

Angel shares his mural with participants. He says, “I chose this image because I feel like African Americans are always portrayed as monsters and bad people. So, I switched my mural around and put a successful black man going somewhere in the future and doing the right thing for himself.”

A participant writes a message to Tyrik, responding to his mural. Tyrik says, “[my mural] has to do with architecture, and shows our viewers how our neighborhood would look like if it was less violent and just a calm place to be.”

Juwan and Lamont complete their mural with participants at the reception. Lamont says, “This mural represents our passion for music and it illustrates how dark music really is.” Juwan adds, “The reason why I chose the imagery of a figure with no body but a soul and space is because I feel like it’s perfect for what my imagery is about.





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Technology in Art Therapy

KasMoné Williams
October 23, 2017
Photoshop Express

Incorporating technology into the art therapy practice allows individuals to gain a sense of empowerment and expand their cognitive, fine motor, communicative, imaginative, and visual proficiencies. Utilizing technology throughout the creative process can potentially decrease feelings of intimidation for those who may be reluctant to practice art. Digital technology can stimulate play for the client when facilitated by an art therapist because navigating technology is explorative in nature and the pressures of creating an extravagantly beautiful piece is essentially reduced. This method would be suitable for autonomously disenfranchised populations seeking a sense of empowerment such as those with physical incapacities. The art therapist’s approach to integrating technology and discerning how its use may affect their clientele and its aptness in relation to their needs will ultimately determine its success within their practice. The use of technology in art therapy poses certain ethical concerns.

‘Sand 2’ Charles
28 November 2015

It is important to assess the following:

WHO needs to see the artwork?

WHAT are my client’s needs, strengths, and weaknesses?

WHERE will the artwork be stored?

WHY is this artwork being created?

HOW will the artwork be accessed?

Applications to consider for therapeutic use include This is Sand, Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Express, Fresh Paint, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Illustrator, CamStudio, and many more. The creative possibilities are endless!

-KasMoné Williams, MPS Art Therapy Class 0f 2019

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Doll Making

Dolls have been an ever-present practice throughout different societies across the world. The specific type or use for the dolls developed in response to the specific culture at that time. Dolls have generally been linked to feminine power and energy. Historically, dolls reflect societal roles, cultural values, or problems of a given time or place. They have also functioned as a way to transport healing energy, to invoke magic, and to create a physical embodiment of a prayer.

The history of making and using dolls can be used in the context of art therapy for a variety of purposes. Creating a doll with a client can facilitate an exploration of gender identity, childhood experiences, and nurturance. The tactile experience of making a doll can be used as a self-soothing process to externalize painful feelings. Dolls also allow the opportunity for play, which is more powerful when using self-created objects rather than store bought objects. This can allow a client to share a story with the art therapist or to explore a fantasy, both which will allow further insight into the client’s psyche and experience.

In these examples students created “wish dolls” as demonstrated in a video by art therapist Margaret Nowak. These dolls were created by wrapping yarn around fabric and embellished with other fabrics and buttons. In this specific directive the dolls embodied a wish or affirmation which the students connected to personally.

~Jenny Asaro, MPS Art Therapy Class of 2019

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