The Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy prepares students for entry into graduate counseling programs. Students will develop a psychology background and learn ways to use their artistic skills to treat people with mental, developmental, emotional, cognitive, or physical problems. The major consists of 54 credit hours that include both art and psychology courses.
Art therapists help people communicate what they can't or won't articulate. Art therapists have a desire to help/heal, strong interpersonal skills, empathy, and an understanding of art as a medium for human expression. Adding to their understanding of human psychology, art therapy majors learn ways to use their artistic abilities in photography, ceramics, drawing, or painting to treat people with mental, developmental, emotional, cognitive, or physical problems.