- ACCELERATED, online, hybrid, evening/weekend, and daytime courses
- CURRICULUM that aligns with the guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association
- CREDENTIALED faculty who are practicing in the field
- ART STUDIO FACILITIES in book arts, ceramics, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, papermaking, printed image, and sculpture
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that engages the client in the creation of artwork, using the process of artmaking as a key component to healing—emotionally, mentally and physically. Art therapists help individuals express their most difficult feelings through the use of artistic media. Art therapists are trained to elicit insight and healing within a therapeutic relationship.
By selecting the art therapy major at Cedar Crest College, you will be introduced to issues in psychology while developing your talents in multiple studio areas, including book arts, ceramics, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, papermaking, printed image, and sculpture.
This degree program is aligned with the curriculum guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association and will fully prepare you to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy, which is essential for students wishing to become professional art therapists. Your B.A. will also prepare you to work in a variety of fields.
Why Choose SAGE at Cedar Crest College for This Degree
All of the SAGE programs at Cedar Crest College have been designed with the adult student in mind. The art therapy program has been designed to be completed in as little as 1.5 years, depending upon the transfer credits that apply toward your degree. We also offer online, evening, and accelerated courses to make it easier for adult students to fit college into a busy schedule. In addition to this, our art therapy program offers a leading-edge curriculum taught by highly credentialed faculty, and we offer a wider variety of media and more extensive studio facilities than any other college in the Lehigh Valley.
The Value of a SAGE Degree
This degree program is aligned with the curriculum guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association and will fully prepare you to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy, which is essential for students wishing to become professional art therapists. Your B.A. will also prepare you to work in a variety of settings.
Highly credentialed faculty
All of the art therapy courses at Cedar Crest College are taught by a registered and board-certified art therapist, and all of our psychology professors hold doctoral degrees. Additional courses in art and art history are taught by art department faculty, all of whom are award-winning professional artists. Our small class sizes ensure personalized attention for each of our students.
A wide array of studios and media
Our College offers a wider variety of media than any other college in the Lehigh Valley. Our campus is home to painting and drawing studios, raku kilns, a foundry, welding facilities, a ceramics studio, a jewelry studio, and facilities for book arts and papermaking.
Experience in the field
In your senior internship, you will shadow a master’s level art therapist who is practicing in the field. This course connects students with a variety of potential employers and enables students to more fully develop their goals for both career and continuing studies. In earlier years, students will also complete research in art therapy.
Art portfolio reviews
During your time here, you will create a variety of finished portfolio pieces that are suitable to show to a prospective employer or include in a graduate school application. Each semester, you will receive feedback on your work and learn how to present your artwork to others.
Courses designed for adult students
The art therapy major at Cedar Crest College can be completed by taking accelerated courses along with a semester-long practicum. Our hybrid, online, and accelerated course offerings make it easier for adult students to complete their degree in a timely manner.
Course Requirements (B.A.)
(Total credits: 45)
Most courses are conducted on a 7-week or 14-week accelerated schedule.
* courses are offered only in a traditional format.
These courses are all required:
ART 101 Beginning Drawing (14 wk/campus)
ART 110 Principles of Visual Organization (7 wk/campus)
ART 105 Art History I (7 wk/hybrid)
ART 106 Art History II (7 wk/hybrid)
ART 129, 229, 134 Computer Software Series: InDesign, InDesign II, Photoshop (accelerated Saturdays)
Choose 4 courses from these 2D and 3D offerings.
ART 111 Printed Image (2D) (14 wk/campus)
ART 113 Illustration (2D) *
ART 123 Painting (2D) (2 weekend/campus)
ART 124 Papermaking (2D) (2 weekend/campus)
ART 125 Jewelry & Metalsmithing (3D)*
ART 127 Sculpture (3D) *
ART 131 Ceramics (3D) (14 wk/campus)
ART 139 Book Arts (2D) *
ART 245 Anatomy for the Artist (2D) *
Art Therapy Courses
These courses are all required:
ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy (7 wk/Saturday)
ART 203 Applications in Art Therapy * (7 wk/Saturday)
ART 270 Art Therapy Practicum/Internship (Spring/Senior Yr.) (14 wk/hybrid)
These courses are all required:
PSY 100 General Psychology (online)
PSY 250 Life Span (7 wk/hybrid)
PSY 309 Abnormal Psychology (14 wk/campus)
PSY 351 Personality (14 wk/campus)
1.5- to 2-Year Degree Completion
Transfer Your General Education Credits
Learn how you can transfer up to 90 credits with our generous transfer policy.
You can also speak to your SAGE adviser to learn about earning your general education requirements here at Cedar Crest College.
Add-On Certificates and Majors/Minors
Master Program at Cedar Crest College
What You Can Do with a Master in Art Therapy
- If your goal is to become a credentialed art therapist, you can pursue a graduate degree in art therapy and receive your M.A. in Art Therapy from Cedar Crest College in just 5 years. Here are some of the career settings in which credentialed art therapists are currently in demand:
- Health care facilities such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and psychiatric facilities
- Residential facilities such as long-term care and assisted living
- Educational settings
- Private practice
What You Can Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy
Here are some of the positions open to graduates with a bachelor’s degree in art therapy.
- Activities director
- Activities assistant
- Art educator
- Artist in residence
- Child care worker
- Child welfare specialist
- Life skills counselor
- Mental health aide
- Mental health technician
- Milieu therapist
- Mobile therapist
- Recreation specialist
- Rehabilitation assistant
- Residential counselor
- Teacher’s aide
- Teaching artist
- Therapeutic staff support
Alumni Success Stories
Employers hold Cedar Crest art therapy graduates in high esteem for their professionalism, ethics, integrity, cultural awareness, and interpersonal skills. As part of the coursework for this program, students are introduced to professional art therapists in the Lehigh Valley. Graduates of the Cedar Crest College art therapy program have gone on to acceptance into graduate school.
Rolling admissions and a free online application make it easy.
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Tuition and Fees
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