Art Therapy Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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. The art therapy major combines coursework in art, psychology, and social work.

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Why should I earn an art therapy degree?

Helping Hand

Teach art skills while helping adults and children improve their mental health and grow as individuals.


Become an expert in both art instruction and mental health.

High Earning Potential

According to a 2009 survey conducted by the American Medical Association, experienced art therapists may earn salaries between $80,000 to $100,000.

What Can I Do With an Art Therapy Degree

  • Counselor
  • Art therapist
  • Case worker
  • Group home supervisor
  • Community arts educator/administrator

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Why study art therapy at BVU?

Creative Spaces Abound

As an art therapy major, get ready to call the art studios your home away from home. The dedicated studios are large, contemporary, and versatile. Here is a taste of what you’ll get to experience:

Metal Shop – MIG, TIG, ARC, and oxy-acetylene welders; plasma cutter, dry cut saws, band saws, and sand blasting.

Woodshop – Band saw, table saw, panel saw, radial arm saw, sliding compound miter saw, lathe, laser drill press, sanding station, and many hand tools.

Ceramics – Mixing clay, formulating and applying glazes, kiln firing, electric and kick wheels, plus extruders and slab rollers.

Painting – A flexible space with many easels and taborets along with custom pigment mixing for oil, acrylic, and encaustic paints.

Printmaking – Four high-end intaglio and lithograph presses, including lithography stones.

Mac Lab – Mac computers with large monitors, loaded with the most recent version of Adobe CS, several digital scanners, color laser printers, large format printers, and an archival printer.

Gallery Spaces – Two different gallery spaces with customizable lighting and digital projection capabilities.

BVU seeks to unite students with artists, innovators, and creators to mentor and inspire Beavers while showcasing their own talents and work. Artist-in-Residence Program

Art Therapy Courses

  • Major in Pre-Professional Art Therapy (63 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Art Therapy Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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