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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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.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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