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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Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell
Associate Professor of Art

Stephanie Wise
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

Dr. Christa Irwin
Assistant Professor Art History

Lynn Pauley
Associate Professor of Illustration, Area Coordinator
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

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.


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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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Master of Arts in Art Therapy

60 semester hours

The Marywood Art Therapy program follows the guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association.

The core curriculum consists of courses in both Art Therapy and Psychology. Thirty-six credits in Art Therapy, nine credits in Psychology, and six credits in studio art are required.


36 credits

AT 520 Introduction to Art Therapy
AT 529 Ethical Issues in Art Therapy
AT 533 Art-Based Research and Assessment
AT 534 Multicultural Issues in Art Therapy
AT 536 Studio in Art Therapy
AT 537 Group Process in Art Therapy
AT 540 A,B,C,D Practicum in Art Therapy
3, 3, 3, 3
AT 545 Developmental Dynamics in Art Therapy 3
AT 595 A,B,C Professional Thesis
1, 1, 1


6 credits Graduate Level Studio Courses
3, 3


9 credits

PSYC 501 Research Methodology
PSYC 531 Psychopathology
PSYC 532 Child Psychopathology


9 credits

AT 521 Expressive Arts Workshop
AT 527 Trauma and Resiliency in Art Therapy
AT 528 Psychology of Art
AT 530 Art in Special Education
AT 531 Introduction to Family Art Therapy
AT 560 Art Therapies: Creative Art Therapies in the Treatment of Addictions

With permission of the Director of Art Therapy a required course may be waived and replaced by a graduate Art Therapy, Counseling or Psychology course.