Student in a classroom

The Low Residency  program is designed for students who are unable to engage in the academic year schedule owing to professional or personal commitments. Low Residency classes are scheduled for nine days in March plus one full month from mid-June to mid-July. The cycle of classes is as follows: students take courses for 9 consecutive days in mid-March during Pratt’s Spring Break on the Brooklyn campus. Students return for nine consecutive days of classes in mid-June, followed by three weeks in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Final assignments are due in the Fall semester, enabling the students to integrate their readings, classroom and internship experience. Students complete two years of practicum/internship (direct experience in the field). This is completed from September through May after the first and second summers. Each year, students complete 16 hours a week, for 30 weeks, equaling 480 hours. Students secure internships at different settings and with different populations during the first and second year. Although both programs offer the same degee(s), the Low Residency Program differs from the Academic Year programming in several ways:

  • Students attend classes prior to starting their internships.
  • As part of their Introduction to Creative Art Therapy II class, students lead art/movement groups with local children as part of a Summer Creative Arts program, receiving clinical supervision from faculty. This helps students prepare for a more independent internship experience.
  • Students are connected to each other and the program during fall and spring via online supervision group and forum.
  • The Low Residency program takes three years to complete.

The art therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association and the Dance/Movement Therapy program is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association. For those intending to work in New York State, all programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education and entitle graduates apply for New York State licensure. For those living and working in states requiring Counseling licensure, Pratt provides the majority of coursework required for a counseling license and the department will assist all graduates with licensure application materials.

To contact the Creative Arts Therapy Department directly, please email

Note to international students: The Spring/Summer Intensive Format is not eligible for an I-20 to be issued to get an F1 Visa. Other non-immigrants may be eligible for the program. Please contact and ask if you are eligible for the Low Reisdency Format within the Creative Arts Therapy Department.

Spring Institute 2019