Become a healer using art as the medium

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



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art Therapy major curriculum

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.

Quick facts

  • Study near prominent medical and therapeutic locations
  • Gain real-world career experiences with an internship
  • Build a foundation for graduate-level studies 

Alternate degree completion options


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.

Career Opportunities for art therapists

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.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Art Therapy faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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