Art Therapy

Master of Arts (MA) in Art Therapy

  • Art as a catalyst for healing and self-actualization
  • ATR registration, board certification, PA Licensure
  • Program approved by American Art Therapy Association

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Marywood’s art therapy program utilizes an “art-based” approach to graduate-level art therapy education. The course of study combines art therapy theory and technique, psychology, clinical practicum and supervision, and personal artistic involvement to provide the learner with a thorough and rich educational experience.

Our art therapy program prepares students to enter the job market as competent art therapists, become registered as art therapists by the American Art Therapy Association, pass the national Art Therapy Certification Examination, and gain clinical expertise in the delivery of art therapy services to a wide range of patient/client populations. Graduates who pass the ATCB Board Certification exam are eligible for the State of Pennsylvania, License for Professional Counselors (LPC).

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Classes are held in the Shields Center for Visual Arts and the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, both equipped with the latest computers and 80,000 square feet of studio/gallery space.

Our art galleries provide the Marywood community and Northeastern Pennsylvania with noteworthy cultural events. The Mahady Gallery is a spacious and dramatic setting for the display of artwork. The Suraci Gallery maintains Marywood’s permanent collection of fine and decorative arts.

The Shields Center for Visual Arts houses the Maslow Collection, which includes over 500 works from 178 artists, including prints by noted artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauchenber.

In addition, the art therapy program has its own gallery space, where artwork by art therapy students and faculty are regularly displayed.

Graduates of our art therapy program have found careers in residential treatment programs for adolescents, inpatient psychiatric hospitals for adults, inpatient psychiatric units and day treatment programs for adolescents, prison systems, in-home services for families as mobile therapy specialists, community counseling agencies, community art studios, medical hospitals, women’s and homeless shelters, schools, and private practice.

Julia

My favorite place is the Rotunda because it is the perfect spot to take a moment and relax.

Year: Junior

Major: Art Therapy

Hometown: Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Activities on campus: Alpha Sigma Psi (social service sorority) Zeta Omicron (Art Honor Society) VIA (Volunteers in action), CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Kidstuff General Chair, active in various Campus Ministry service projects

Favorite Marywood moment: Spending the evening before finals in the Rotunda listening to friends sing and play music. Hearing the echo in the Rotunda and sharing that moment with my best friends was an experience I will always remember at Marywood.

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place is the Rotunda because it is the perfect spot to take a moment and relax. I also love admiring the artwork.

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: I love seeing a prospective student’s face light up while on tour when they see something about campus that they are truly excited about.

Fun fact: I am obsessed with flowers.

 


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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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