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Art Therapy Degree

Definitions of art therapy vary due in two fields: art and psychotherapy. It can focus on the art-making process as therapeutic in and of itself ("art as therapy") or it can be “art in therapy” (art psychotherapy). The psychoanalytic approach was one of the earliest forms of art psychotherapy. This approach employs the transference process between the therapist and the client who makes art. The therapist interprets the client's symbolic self-expression as communicated in the art and elicits interpretations from the client.[1] Analysis of transference is no longer always a component. Current art therapy includes a vast number of other approaches such as: Person-Centered, Cognitive, Behavior, Gestalt, Narrative, Adlerian, Family (Systems) and more. The tenets of art therapy involve humanism, creativity, reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, and personal growth.[2]

Length of Art Therapy Studies

Bachelor degrees can be obtained in as little as four years with masters degrees requiring an additional two to three years beyond bachelors studies. Additional credit hours can be taken for individuals wishing to pursue a path in education and counseling, certifications are also available.

Who is hiring art therapy degree holders?

According to the bureau of labor statistics the industries hiring art therapy degree holders include nursing care facilities, medical and surgical hospitals, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, state government agencies and continuing care, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, the federal government, colleges, universities and professional schools

Salaries in Art Therapy

Recreational Therapist$45k/annually
Teacher / Instructor$60k/annually

Art Therapy Degree