Art Therapy is dedicated to the belief that the creative process used while making art is healing and life enhancing.
Art therapy is a mental health profession where clients use art and the creative process to explore their feelings. Art therapy helps people resolve conflicts, improve relationships, manage behaviors, reduce stress, and gain personal insight. Plus, art therapy also provides the opportunity for clients to experience the joy of creative expression. Art therapists need knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.
Today art therapy is a widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings.
Ursuline students have completed internships at over 150 different organizations and Ohio is home to one of the largest start art therapy associations: The Buckeye Art Therapy Association. This means Ursuline students are well networked to find a variety of career opportunities.
Ursuline students with bachelor’s degree will be able to secure art therapy related positions such as direct care staff in children’s treatment agencies, or as activities staff in nursing homes, etc. A master’s degree is generally required for many careers in art therapy, and art therapists have a typical salary of $35,000 - $50,000 with some art therapists earning over $100,000.
The Ursuline Advantage
Ursuline College's Bachelor of Arts program in Art Therapy offers students two tracks, one leading to the bachelors in art therapy and one leading to the bridge program into the Ursuline Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program. Since the entry level for the profession is a master’s degree, the bridge will allow students to transition smoothly into a master’s program.
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 their graduate degree.
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.
Only four additional graduate level courses are required during your senior year for the bridge program.
Preparing your for the next step - Ursuline Master of Art in Art Therapy & Counseling
After completing the graduate program, Ursuline College graduates are prepared to be leaders. Our graduates are directors of agencies and programs in many facilities; they are board members on state and national organizations, educators and in private practice. And yes, there are jobs in this field. Ursuline’s program prepares graduates to be eligible for both credentialing as art therapists and licensure as professional clinical counselors, which makes our graduates even more competitive.
“Our philosophy incorporates a broad range of theoretical approaches, and we stress the development of the individual student's professional identity and theoretical approach. We are unique and so are you. Our goal is to help you to develop into the kind of art therapist and counselor you want to be by allowing for choices in internship sites, and in the focus of thesis work.” - Gail Rule-Hoffman, Director, Graduate Art Therapy Program