The pre-professional art therapy major prepares students to apply to graduate programs in art therapy. Art therapists can find employment in a variety of areas including senior centers, hospitals, mental health centers, special education programs, veteran services and penal institutions. This major combines coursework in art, psychology, and social work.
The art therapy program's interdisciplinary format combines art and design with social work and psychology. This powerful combination prepares students for admission to a graduate program to become a certified art therapist. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer and lead art activities with children and disabled adults.
Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers as a:
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According to a 2009 survey conducted by the American Medical Association, those with experience in this field may earn salaries between $80,000 to $100,000.
The knowledge of psychology allows art therapists to help clients understand themselves and work toward specific goals.
When clients are ready to process their thoughts, the art therapist might discuss ways to help them deal with whatever they’re facing.