Career Opportunities in Art Therapy
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 board-certified and work in private practice. Your B.A. will also prepare you to work in an array of fields, noted below.
What You Can Do with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy
If your goal is to become a licensed art therapist, you will need a graduate degree in art therapy. Cedar Crest offers a two year M.A. in Art Therapy, or combine undergraduate and graduate studies into a five-year program. Here are some of the career settings in which licensed 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
- Child care worker
- Child welfare specialist
- Life skills counselor
- Mental health aid
- Mental health technician
- Milieu therapist
- Mobile therapist
- Recreation specialist
- Rehabilitation assistant
- Residential counselor
- Teacher's aid
- Teaching artist
- Therapeutic staff support
Becoming a Credentialed Art Therapist
In order to become a licensed art therapist, all of the following are required:
1. A Bachelor's Degree
First you must earn a bachelor's degree that meets the standards of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). This is essential in order to be accepted into a graduate-level art therapy program. The art therapy major at Cedar Crest College meets this criterion. Also, as part of our program, you are required to create a portfolio, which you will submit when you apply for graduate school.
2. A Master's Degree
To become a credentialed art therapist, you must earn a master's degree in art therapy that meets the standards of the AATA. Cedar Crest offers a two year Master of Art in Art Therapy.
3. Supervised Practice (Post Graduate)
In order to earn Art Therapy Registration (ATR) status, you will need to participate in supervised post-graduate experience following graduate school.
4. Passing a Written Examination
In order to receive Board Certification (ATR-BC), you must also pass a written examination.
Note: The credentials of ATR ant ATR-BC are nationally recognized and respected, assuring future employers and clients that your education and training have met the most stringent guidelines.