If you have a passion to help people through the healing power of art, the Art Therapy major from Carlow University can help you develop your skills to prepare for graduate-level work in art therapy. This unique major blends fine arts, art therapy and psychology.
With Carlow’s location in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Innovation District, you’ll have convenient access to medical and therapeutic sites.
Bachelor of Arts
On campus, some online
Up to 90 credits
The Art Therapy major curriculum consists of art, art therapy and psychology courses. You will have access to on-campus facilities such as the 2D and 3D studios, as well as the Carlow University Art Gallery, which showcases professional artists.
Internship opportunities are available at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Dream Big Studio, a television and radio studio for children that is part of the hospital’s Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy program. Students are usually placed with an art therapist or psychologist.
Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.
The art therapy major prepares students to pursue a master’s in art therapy, which is required to be an art therapist.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for recreational therapists, who often use art as part of their treatment plans, will grow 8% from 2019 to 2029, faster than average.
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