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Gabrielle Buzgo '11

With the guidance of the art department, Gabrielle curated her own show.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

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.

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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
  • Caseworker
  • 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 two options to purse your master degree: a two year Master of Art in Art Therapy or combine undergraduate and graduate studies and receive a B.A./M.A. in Art Therapy in just five years!

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.