Art Therapy
Sometimes we just cover up whatever hurts us. But we need to clean that wound out, or it will get infected. - Virginia White, Art Therapist, '90

Virginia White, an adjunct professor of art therapy here at Carlow, is also a child and family therapist at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR), where she counsels youth who have experienced sexual violence of some kind. She has a weekly caseload of about five clients per day, ranging in age from 3 to 18 years of age. 

Art therapy preparation is an interdisciplinary major sponsored by the art and psychology departments. This program prepares you for further study in art therapy on a graduate level. The program integrates a strong fine arts background with an in-depth study of psychology and art therapy. Because of Carlow’s urban location in the heart of a major medical and therapeutic complex, you will have unparalleled and convenient access to observation and practicum experiences.

Bachelors of Arts in Art Therapy Preparation Course Information

Course Requirements: 51 credits
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus



This is where it all begins: an introduction to the history of art from the prehistoric period to the year 1300. This course provides a chronology of the major works in the Western tradition and provides the basic terminology and methodologies necessary to analyze these works in a social, historical, religious, and/or material context.


The Art Therapy Preparation major involves both disciplines -- Art and Psychology. This beginning course is an overview of psychological disorders. Diagnosis, etiology, and modern treatments are explored. A bio-psycho-social perspective is emphasized with special attention given to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.