Harness the healing power of art to prepare for an art therapy career.
Do you love to help and create? Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses art making to promote wellness and facilitate change. Ursuline offers one of just two art therapy bachelor's degree programs in Ohio, and it's the only place you can earn a dual master’s degree in counseling and art therapy in the state.
You'll learn both theoretical foundations and practical experience while learning the diverse application of art therapy. Built upon a dynamic, broad-based liberal arts foundation, the undergraduate art therapy program will help you develop the competence and compassion needed to become an effective human service professional in contemporary society.
You’ll learn in the real-world, too, selecting your field placement(s) from 150+ partner organizations, teaming up with graduate students for international service learning trips, and practicing leadership within our art therapy student organization.
Learn much more in the Art Therapy Student Handbook.
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Bridge Program: Art Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Program
Option 1: Students may bridge from the Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy program into the Master of Arts program in Counseling and Art Therapy by completing all of the requirements for the undergraduate major plus four additional graduate-level courses: CAT 501, 505, 591, and one CAT 1-2 credit elective.
Option 2: Some students may choose a 3+3 Bridge, spending three years in the undergraduate program followed by three years in the graduate program. To discuss pursuing this, please contact undergraduate Art Therapy Department Chair Jennifer Schwartz Mrazek, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS
Careers: Art Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Program
Since the minimum degree required to become an art therapist is a master’s degree, your undergraduate coursework in art therapy will build a foundation for graduate study. Because Ursuline is the only institution in Ohio that offers a dual counseling and art therapy master's degree program, we have created the innovative and student-focused bridge program, which allows undergraduate art therapy students to begin taking graduate courses their senior year and graduate with both degrees in less time.
After earning your Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline, you’ll be eligible for licensure as both a professional clinical mental health counselor and credentialing as an art therapist. Our art therapy program graduates go on to work in a wide variety of clinical, educational, and human service institutions such as:
- Children’s agencies
- Mental health and counseling centers
- Correctional facilities
- Hospice care
- Wellness centers
If you choose to go right to work after earning your bachelor's degree, you’ll be ready to hold any position that uses art media in the service of people. You can access positions providing direct care in children’s treatment agencies, nursing homes, or assisting therapists in a variety of healthcare, residential and community-based agencies.