Art Therapy (B.A.)

 

This unique studio-based program—taught by registered and board-certified art therapists along with practicing studio artists—will prime you for graduate school or a bachelor’s level position in schools, health care, long-term care, and mental health facilities.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Program Overview

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

Leading-edge curriculum
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.)


1.5- to 2-Year Degree Completion

Your SAGE adviser will assist you in developing a schedule of studies that works best for you. Typically, students take 2 or 3 courses during the fall and spring semesters. You may also take a course during the winter semester. This degree program consists of 48 credits which include 18 studio courses, 12 psychology courses and electives.

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

Art therapy majors may also add a certificate in Child Welfare to their studies to further enhance their resume. Many students also dual major or add a minor in subjects such as social work, applied psychology, or creative writing to customize their educational experience.Learn more about these options.

Master Program at Cedar Crest College

A major advantage of earning your undergraduate art therapy degree at Cedar Crest College is the potential to move seamlessly into your graduate art therapy studies.

» Get details on our Master of Art in Art Therapy

Career Options

By selecting the art therapy major at Cedar Crest College, you will be fully prepared 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, as noted below.

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
  • Caseworker
  • 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

Faculty

At Cedar Crest College, all of our art therapy courses are taught by registered and board-certified art therapists, 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.

» Read full profiles of faculty members.

Course Descriptions

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.


Next Steps

Apply Now
Rolling admissions and a free online application make it easy.

Attend an Information Session
Program directors and faculty will meet with you to share details about our SAGE programs, admissions process, and flexible options.

Contact SAGE Admissions
Call 610-740-3770
email sage@cedarcrest.edu

Tuition and Fees
Valuable, competitive, affordable options for adults

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