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School of Arts & Sciences | Art Therapy

Aims and Objectives 
The Undergraduate Art Therapy major will provide students with both theoretical foundations and practical experience while learning the diverse application of art therapy. The curriculum prepares students well for entry into graduate level art therapy studies. Students may enter the bridge program, which prepares them for matriculation into the Ursuline Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy program, or they may choose to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Pursuing a degree in art therapy at Ursuline places thestudent in an environment that promotes the integration of the intellectual, aesthetic, social, psychological, physical, and spiritual dimensions of life. A program built upon a dynamic, broad-based liberal arts foundation provides the potential for developing the
competence and compassion needed to become an effective human service professional in contemporary society. The program emphasizes the development of an emergent reflective practitioner capable of contemplation, articulate expression, and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of clients and society.

Bridge Option
Students may enter the bridge program which prepares them for matriculation into the Ursuline Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program, or they may choose to graduate with the bachelor’s degree. Four additional graduate level courses are required for the bridge.

Pursuing a career in the profession of art therapy at Ursuline places the student in an environment that promotes the integration of the intellectual, aesthetic, social, psychological, physical and spiritual dimensions of life. A program built upon a dynamic, broad-based liberal arts foundation provides the potential for developing the competence and compassion needed to become an effective human service professional in contemporary society. The program emphasizes the development of a reflective practitioner capable of contemplation, articulate expression, and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of his/her clients and society.

Two Tracks in Art Therapy - The Advantage
Ursuline College BA Degree in Art Therapy offers students two tracks, one leading to the bachelors in art therapy and one leading to the bridge program into the Master’s degree. Since the entry level for the profession is a master’s degree, the bridge will allow students to matriculate smoothly into a master’s program. This is also the trend in other graduate art therapy programs across the nation.

The advantage to the student includes savings on both tuition and time. Our graduate program is intense due to being a dual degree program in both art therapy and counseling, and most students take three years to complete. Even with the three year program, students struggle with the load of coursework, internship hours and thesis requirements as most of our students need to also work.

The bridge allows students to get some of their foundation courses done during their senior year, which gives them a gradual induction into the program and also allows them a little more flexibility as they move through their graduate program.

Career Opportunities
Graduates will be primarily focused on preparation for art therapy graduate studies, since the job entry level for the profession is a Master’s degree. However, the curriculum will prepare students to excel in entry level job situations that require the use of art media in the service of working with people. Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in art therapy will secure positions such as direct care staff in children’s treatment agencies or as activities staff in nursing homes and similar organizations. They are strong candidates for art therapy related entry level positions, such as working with children in summer camps, or assisting therapists in a variety of health care, residential, and community based agencies. In addition, graduates will be prepared to begin a career as an artist as well as an art instructor.

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