Art Therapy Master of Arts (MA)

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Create a Healing Process for Others with a Masters in Art Therapy

Marywood University’s high quality master’s degree in art therapy prepares its students through an “art-based’ approach. 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 students enter the job market as competent art therapists who work in health care facilities, residential facilities such as long-term care and assisted living, educational settings, and private practice.

  • The Marywood University Graduate Art Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org) upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

  • Prepare for ATR registration, National Board Certification, PA LPC Licensure

Proud of Our Program!

  • The Retention Rate for students in the 2019-2021 cohort has been 100%.
  • On a recent survey, 87.5% of our Graduates reported that they were employed as Art Therapists within the first year of graduation.

      Top Employers

      • Hospitals
      • Mental Health Office
      • Universities
      • School Districts

      Top Career Paths

      • Art Therapist
      • Recreational Therapist
      • Art Activities Director
      • Recreational Worker

      Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

      The following list outlines requirements for the MA programs in Art Therapy:

      • 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 
      • After submitting your application, you will be asked to submit a portfolio online
      • Special program requirements as noted below*

      Submit an essay of 350-word minimum addressing the three points outlined below:

      • Describe your personal involvement in art.
      • Describe your understanding of art therapy.
      • Why have you chosen to pursue art therapy graduate education?

      Art Therapy (60-credits)

      MA in Art Therapy applicants must have satisfied the following undergraduate requirements: 18 studio credits which must include drawing, painting, sculpture as well as 12 credits of psychology including General, Abnormal and Developmental plus an elective

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      Every art student at Marywood has access to superb facilities in our two art buildings, from computer labs and darkrooms to drawing, painting, printmaking, metal, wood, and sculpture studios and weaving looms. Facilities are available to art students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Marywood is also home to four galleries on campus featuring regional and national artists, faculty, and students.  

      The Insalaco Center for Studio Art features drawing and painting studios showcasing naturally-lit rooms with beautiful views of the campus. There are studios and equipment for woodworking, fiber arts, jewelry-making, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, a Mac lab, and private and semi-private studios for upper level BFA, MA and MFA students.

      The Shields Center for Visual Arts building contains The Maslow Collection, Mahady Gallery, Suraci Gallery, classrooms for art history and art administration, studios for art therapy, two graphic design Mac labs, and a 24-hour drop-in Mac lab. The Maslow Collection and Study Gallery for Contemporary Art housed in the Shields Center features more than 500 works by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close.

      The Mahady Gallery is a spacious and dramatic setting for the display of contemporary artwork. Throughout the year, the gallery offers a variety of group and solo shows by visiting artists, juried regional competitions, faculty exhibits, student shows, and curated national exhibitions. The gallery hosts the annual Scholastic Art Awards and the popular Art Faculty Biennial. Featured exhibitions are accompanied by artists’ slide presentations, gallery talks, studio visits, and demonstrations. The Mahady Gallery is located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts.

      The Maslow Study Gallery is a learning laboratory, providing fieldwork experiences, internships, and opportunities in curatorial and exhibition studies to Marywood students. Works in The Maslow Collection are available for professional research and study, and many are loaned to regional and national exhibitions. The Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art is located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts. For more information visit maslow.marywood.edu

      Exhibitions in the Suraci Gallery showcase regional and national artists; support art faculty work and scholarship; provide degree research and documentation opportunities for current and alumni art students; and foster community outreach projects and interests. The Suraci Gallery also houses Marywood’s permanent collection of fine and decorative art. The Asian Collection consists of ceramics, furniture, netsukes, inro, ivories, and prints. Bronze and marble sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, and French ivories comprise the 19th Century Collection. Religious icons, furniture, and 20th century works round out the Suraci Collection. The Suraci Gallery is located on the second floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts.

      Located in the lobby of the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, the Kresge Gallery is a versatile exhibition, critique, and lecture space. An alternative venue to the formal art galleries, the Kresge Gallery provides a working and experimental exhibition site for art students and faculty to showcase a variety of work throughout each semester. Recent exhibitions include the Foundation Year student show, Senior Exhibition, Advanced Painting & Sculpture shows, MA shows, the Marywood Print Guild show, Design & Letterpress shows, art auctions, and Art Club shows.


      Shields Center for Visual Arts

      201 Jackson Court
      Map & Directions

      The Shields Center for Visual Arts provides classrooms and labs for the Graphic Design, Art Education, and Art Therapy programs. It also houses the Mahady, Suraci, and Maslow Art Galleries.

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      Visual Arts Classrooms


      Map & Directions

      The Shields Center for Visual Arts contains studios, classrooms, and labs for Art Therapy and Graphic Design majors.

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      Insalaco Center for Studio Arts

      2300 Adams Avenue
      Map & Directions

      The Insalaco Center for Studio Arts contains 80,000 square feet of gallery space, naturally-lit drawing and painting studios, dark rooms, printmaking, woodworking, jewelery-making and ceramics studios, computer labs, and classrooms.

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      Studio Arts Classrooms


      Map & Directions

      Art education, ceramics, drawings/foundations, photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture classes and facilities are located in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts.

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      Mahady Art Gallery


      Map & Directions

      The Robert J. and Elizabeth FitzMartin Mahady Gallery, known more frequently as the Mahady Gallery, is located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts, providing a spacious and dramatic setting for the display of contemporary artwork. Throughout the year, the gallery offers a variety of group and solo shows by visiting artists, juried regional competitions, faculty exhibits, student shows, and curated national exhibitions.

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      Maslow Study Gallery


      Map & Directions

      The Maslow Study Gallery, located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts, is a learning laboratory, providing fieldwork experiences, internships, and opportunities in curatorial and exhibition studies to Marywood students. The Maslow Collection is one of the most significant and extensive collections of contemporary art in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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      Suraci Art Gallery


      Map & Directions

      The Suraci Gallery, located on the second floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts, houses Marywood's permanent collection of fine and decorative art. Exhibitions in the Suraci Gallery showcase regional and national artists; support art faculty work and scholarship; provide degree research and documentation opportunities for current and alumni art students; and foster community outreach projects and interests.

      Learn More | Take a Virtual Tour

      Kresge Gallery


      Map & Directions

      Located in the lobby of the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, the Kresge Gallery is a versatile exhibition, critique, and lecture space.

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      An affordable education is possible at Marywood. 

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      Art Therapy Full-time Faculty:

      • Stephanie Wise, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, Director
      • Ashley Hartman, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LCAT
      • Meg Franzone, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Clinical Coordinator, Lecturer
      • Kiley Rogan, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Lecturer
      • Alexandra Kay, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Lecturer
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