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ART THERAPY

The Art Therapy concentration combines art and pyschotherapy.

Are you an Art major interested in helping others? Or, are you a Psychology major interested in the therapeutic qualities of art? Developed in coordination with a licensed art therapist, this 21-credit hour concentration combines art and psychotherapy. You’ll learn about a growing career field that can help people of all ages and situations explore their inner selves and express themselves more thoroughly. This cross-disciplinary program leverages the expertise of our professional Art and Psychology faculty. 

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This cross-disciplinary program leverages the expertise of our professional Art and Psychology faculty.

Course Offerings

In this program you’ll receive an overview of the art therapy field and its purposes, advantages, and various career specializations while taking a combination of art and psychology courses. This combination of courses will prepare you for graduate study, including the creation of a digital portfolio, artist statements, and related professional documents required for graduate-study admission.

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Program Requirements

Courses and Credit Hours

Art Therapy Concentration

Required Courses:
ART/HMS 1030 Introduction to Art Therapy 3.0
PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology 3.0
PSY 3140 Abnormal Psychology 3.0

PSY 2075 Development Across the Lifespan 3.0
OR
PSY 2060 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3.0

PSY 2030 Personality 3.0
OR
PSY 3300 Basic Counseling Techniques 3.0

Elective Courses - choose two studio ART courses (6 credits). One must be a 3000-level course.

Note: All Art Therapy concentrators must complete a portfolio review during their last year in attendance. This is a non-credit requirement. The portfolio includes high quality photos, artist statements and related professional documents required for admission to graduate study.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve gathered some of the questions we hear the most so you can get the answers right away.

What is art therapy? 

Art therapy is one of the fastest-growing psychotherapeutic fields. Most art therapists work as part of a clinical team providing social work, serving hospitals, schools, mental health centers, nursing homes and wellness centers. Some art therapists work independently in their own practice. Art therapists guide others to improved mental and physical wellbeing by leveraging artistic mediums (painting, sculpture, theatre, dance, etc.). The art forms can help people of all ages and situations explore their inner selves and express themselves more thoroughly.

How much demand is there for art therapists?

According to Recruiter.com, demand for art therapists is expected to go up 27% over the next few years with an expected 26,660 new jobs filled by 2029.   

Does Elmira College have connections to graduate programs for art therapy?

Yes! Elmira College has articulation agreements with both Marywood University and Nazareth College’s Masters in Art Therapy Programs.  With these special arrangements, Elmira College’s  Art Therapy concentration graduates will receive special consideration and application fees waived.  In some cases, the student may receive immediate acceptance depending on their portfolio and GPA. 

Do I need to be good at art to become an art therapist?

No. While you will learn some of the basics of the different art media, art therapists aren’t necessarily art creators. Art therapists guide others to use different art media to explore their inner selves while giving them a non-verbal way to express themselves.