Pre-Professional Programs

Art Therapy

Students who wish to pursue a professional program in Art Therapy at the Graduate level are encouraged to meet with:


Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

Students interested in pursuing a career in Art Therapy are advised to complete a BA in Studio Art with broad exposure to a variety of media, and a minor in Psychology with an emphasis in clinical classes. This course work is generally considered the foundation needed for a successful application to a graduate program, however, students are always encouraged to consult the specific prerequisites of the schools to which applications are made. Applicants should expect to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as part of the application process.


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