Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Art Therapy
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
Graduates in this major have the professional preparation necessary to work with people of all ages with varying degrees of functional or organic impairment, as well as with the general population. Through art therapy, the practitioner provides an opportunity for nonverbal expression and communication, which can promote a reconciliation of emotional conflicts and foster self-awareness and personal growth.
Graduates are prepared for work in a variety of settings, including psychiatric units in hospitals and clinics, community mental health centers, geriatric centers, drug and alcohol clinics, nursing homes, halfway houses, and special needs schools. Some may choose to work in private or public schools and agencies for mental health issues, learning differences, developmental delays, brain damage, deafness, vision impairments, physically challenged, and disabled children.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a graduate program in the art therapy field, as students planning to become registered and board certified art therapists by the American Art Therapy Association must obtain a graduate degree. For more information about the art therapy major contact Dr. Mary Ellen Hluska at (413) 748-4734 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
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