Art Therapy

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Therapy

  • Commitment to art-making and serving others
  • Emphasizes the healing and therapeutic qualities of art
  • Internships in mental health, medical, educational, studio settings

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The Art Therapy curriculum is designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in a vocation that includes both a commitment to art-making and a commitment to serving others. Students are introduced to the human service profession of art therapy on a pre-professional level. While master's level art therapy training is focused on readiness for professional practice, undergraduate training differs by assisting the student in developing a strong base of necessary studio skills and knowledge of the behavioral and social sciences.

Accordingly, studio art courses are combined with behavioral and social science courses to offer a curriculum that fully prepares a student for graduate level studies in art therapy. Foundation classes also include introduction to Art and Healing, Approaches in Art Therapy and Art Therapy Applications. This program emphasizes the healing and therapeutic qualities of art for the clients served. Students are taught and guided by registered and board certified art therapists who are active clinicians and artists. Art therapy coursework is presented through hands-on experiences that encourage creativity as students gain knowledge of current trends in art therapy.

Additionally, students complete an art therapy internship under supervision of an art therapy professional. This experience serves as important exposure to the actual nature of the art therapy process.

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Stephanie Wise
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell
Associate Professor of Art

Mark Webber
Assistant Professor

Matt Povse
Assistant Professor of Art
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The Art Therapy Studio is a multipurpose space that serves as traditional classroom, studio, and “therapeutic space.” The room is equipped with traditional art materials, easels, recycled and found objects, a sink and basic equipment to model spaces generally used by art therapy professionals. In addition the room contains a computer, scanner and state of the art printer for student/artists who use the graphic media as their means of expression. Finally , the room features a one way viewing room that can enable unobtrusive viewing of classroom processes for learning purposes.

Above all, the making of art remains central to the spirit of the Art Therapy program. Students leave Marywood University as capable artists and advocates of humanistic engagement with others through the artistic and therapeutic processes. The Art Therapy program will offer the student introductory, foundation studies in art therapy combined with studio courses. The program will integrate the arts and psychology with attention to social, spiritual and cultural dimensions, providing a solid base for graduate study in art therapy.

Diana

I had several job offers immediately after graduating from Marywood.

I graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia.  I am currently a Visual Web Designer Consultant for Verizon Wireless.  I had several job offers immediately after graduating and chose the Verizon Wireless position because I am a big fan of the company and knew it would be an amazing experience. 

I have worked on numerous innovative projects and have been responsible for many of the visual elements on the Verizon Wireless website, which is visited by millions of customers.  My assignments have included home page marquees, landing pages, page redesigns, and even being assigned the responsibility of Lead Designer for the Valentine's Day 2015 creative and device launches.  I absolutely love my job and am so thankful for this opportunity.  Every day is a new challenge and I welcome it.

Looking back, I believe that Marywood's school size contributed a great deal to my achievements.  I do not think I would have been able to do as much as I did at a larger school.  At Marywood, the classes were small and professors were always available to answer questions.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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