The bachelor's degree in Art Therapy at NDMU provides the foundation to pursue a rewarding career in one of the newest specializations within the helping professions. Core classes in art and psychology introduce concepts in human development and psychological theories, as well as techniques for counseling and creating art. Through hands-on learning which includes a final practicum, successful graduates are prepared to pursue graduate school, a requirement for becoming a professional art therapist.
Upon successfully completing a bachelor’s degree in art therapy, graduates will have the foundation courses needed to apply for a graduate program. In order to become a professional art therapist, a master’s degree is required. For more information about becoming a professional art therapist, visit the American Art Therapy Association.
MA in Art Therapy at NDMU
Our graduate art therapy program is offered in a full or part-time format. It builds on the foundation of the bachelor’s program with a curriculum designed to meet Maryland state licensure requirements as well as national art therapy educational standards.
Internship placements are an essential part of the program, allowing you to steadily advance your clinical skills and complete clinical hours that may apply toward state licensure requirements.
Accelerated 5-Year Program
Those that qualify may also pursue an accelerated pathway to earn both the BA and MA in Art Therapy at NDMU in just five years.
One of the hallmarks of the rich educational environment at NDMU is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest. Our annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the NDMU community.
In the fourth year, art therapy majors take everything learned and apply it through a supervised field placement. More than an internship, the practicum experience integrates theory, science, and practice. It is an opportunity to take the skills and concepts learned in class and apply them within a real-world setting, which is explored through a final research paper and presentation, including an art-based workshop for faculty and peers.
Practicum placements are tailored to your interests and can include working with diverse patient populations across all age groups.
Art Therapy majors may also choose to mount a senior exhibition of their work, emphasizing their development within the major and the narrative power of art.
Examples of Practicum Placements
Art Therapy Careers
Art therapy as a profession integrates mental health and human services to enrich lives. It encompasses active art-making, the creative process, applied psychological theory, and the human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Professional art therapists, including those licensed in Maryland, work in a variety of settings helping clients manage behavior and addiction, reduce anxiety, reconcile emotional conflict and much more.
- Veteran's Clinics
- Private Practice
- Psychiatric & Rehabilitation Facilities
- Community based settings
- Senior Communities