Pre-Professional Art Therapy
The Pre-Professional Art Therapy program is one of HBU’s newest majors. The program represents a joint collaboration between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Visual Arts, and was launched in Spring 2015.
A pre-professional art therapy program prepares undergraduate students to apply to graduate programs in art therapy.
After graduation from this program
Once in graduate school for art therapy, some programs also prepare students to apply for licensure as a professional counselor. 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. An art therapist is trained to use the creative art processes of making art to improve the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of all age groups. Certified practitioners integrate the fields of human development and visual art (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) with current theories and models of counseling. The American Art Therapy Association (APTA) website provides students with a list of accredited art therapy graduate programs in the United States.
Dr. Renata L. Nero, RNero@HBU.edu, is the Chair of the Psychology Department where the major is housed primarily. Tiffany Bergeron, TBergeron@HBU.edu, Chair of the Visual Arts Department, is also available for advising and questions on extracurricular activities, community service and clinical experience. If you have questions, please email them or make an appointment.
How can I be a strong candidate for graduate study in art therapy school?
There are many factors that determine whether a student is admitted to art therapy school. Here are some important things for you to know.
- Complete at least 100 hours of volunteer or professional experience in a helping role in an educational and/or human services setting
- Create an Art Portfolio in CD or DVD format that includes at least 20 pieces
- Do your research by going to the American Art Therapy Association website to learn about the following:
- Educational Standards/Educational Programs
- Ethical Principles for Art Therapists
- Research and Information
- Student Benefits
- Scholarship for Students