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.
5-Year Bachelor's to Master's
You can earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in art therapy at Marywood in just five years. This special accelerated program will save you both time and money.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Office of University Admissions
Art Department Administrator: Robert A. Griffith
Department of Art